Sergeant First Class is the first to sue Army for medical malpractice

Sergeant 1st Class Rich Stayskal, left, with his wife, Megan, and Congressman Hudson. (Photo courtesy of Rich Stayskal)

2020 is a year of opportunity for those affected by military medical malpractice- and a Green Beret has stepped forward to file the first lawsuit.


Sergeant First Class Richard Stayskal, for whom the Sergeant First Class Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act of 2019 is named after, has initiated his legal battle against the federal government, citing negligence and malpractice by military doctors that nearly cost him his life.

“I filed SFC Richard Stayskal’s claim on January 1st, to ring in the New Year,” his attorney, Natalie Khawam said. “We’re honored that our bill passed in less than a year, especially after 70 years of unsuccessful attempts by many others. We don’t want to waste any time pursuing recourse for the Stayskal family. We look forward to helping our Military families seek justice in 2020.”

According to ABC11, Stayskal is a Purple Heart recipient stationed at Fort Bragg, who lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina with his wife and two daughters.

Currently suffering from stage 4 lung cancer, something that was missed by military doctors at Womack Army Medical Center during a routine physical in January 2017.


After seeing a civilian doctor off-post, the cancer was discovered- but by then, it was far too late.


The claim asks for damages of loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability and permanent impairment and disfigurement, depression and anxiety, shortened life expectancy and loss of consortium.


The Department of Defense is investigating the claims.

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