We represented Sergeant First Class Richard Stayskal, who served in the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines.
In 2004, Sergeant Stayskal was wounded by a sniper while serving in Iraq. After his recovery, he decided to continue serving his country by joining the U.S. Army as a Green Beret.
During training, he experienced respiratory issues and had trouble breathing. Doctors at Womack Army Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina, believed it was due to the Iraq injury. However, there was a serious misdiagnosis. Sergeant Stayskal actually had lung cancer.
Sergeant Stayskal tried to find a lawyer to represent him. Only one lawyer agreed to take on the case: Natalie Khawam, one of our attorneys.
Along with Sergeant Stayskal, Natalie successfully fought for our military in Washington, D.C.
They partially overturned a key part of the draconian Feres Doctrine. This means that active-duty and retired military can now sue the federal government for malpractice that took place at the hands of military doctors. The portion of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that challenged The Feres Doctrine is named after Sergeant Stayskal.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of military medical malpractice, we would be honored to represent them and their family in their claim.
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