Fighting for those who fight for us

If you believe you were a victim of military medical malpractice while on Active-duty within the last 2 years, you can now file a claim with the federal government! If you or someone you know believes they are a victim of military medical malpractice.
Natalie Khawam, Esq, MBA, MS
Alan Ripka, Esq

There are no fees or legal expenses until we WIN your case. Contact us for your free consultation today!

After encouraging Congress to pass the first law ever, called the Stayskal Act, which allows active military to file a claim with the federal government, we are now the FIRST law firm to accept military medical malpractice claims.
Richard Stayskal, who the law is named after, is our first client.

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We are Khawam Ripka, LLP.

We specialize in getting fair treatment and just compensation for victims of military medical malpractice.

If you are currently a veteran or retired military, but were on Active-Duty when you believe you were the victim of military medical malpractice, you can still file a claim! As long as the malpractice occurred after 2017.

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.

Sergeant First Class Richard Stayskal and his attorney Natalie Khawam.
For the first time in over 70 years only ONE ATTORNEY was able to successfully challenge the Feres Doctrine and get a $440M Bill passed and signed into law, all under one year.
Natalie’s passion and patriotism for our Military has helped millions of our members and their families.

Your Next Steps Are Extremely Important

If you believe you’ve suffered medical malpractice at the hands of military doctors or medical staff, we encourage you to take these steps.


Contact us. All information is strictly confidential and we do not share your information with any third party.


We will contact you to set up an initial consultation. There is no charge for this consultation.


If we believe you have a case, we will ask to represent you. The decision to move forward is yours.


If we represent you, we will work extremely hard on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. We only collect a fee if you win your case.

Here at Khawam Ripka, we are passionate about helping heroes in the military get the attention and financial compensation they, and their families, deserve.

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.

Watch how Attorney Natalie Khawam fought for a decorated Green Beret

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