Army Sgt. Richard Stayskal a decade after his overseas deployment is fighting new battles for his life. He has been recently diagnosed with cancer. This isn’t just it; he is fighting against a legal roadblock as well infamous by the name of Feres Doctrine.
According to a decision imparted by the Supreme court in the year 1950 for the case of Feres against the United States, the active duty service members cannot sue for any medical negligence or malpractice. In the annual National Defense Authorization Act, a new provision was passed which could overturn the entire ruling situation.
Attorney Natalie Khawam said that the military servicemen do not possess any legal rights to sue for medical malpractice. She is the representative of the dozens of servicemen who were blocked from taking any legal actions against the military for any of the medical negligence or malpractice that they have been through.
The law was devised then, to protect the medics who were working in the combat, as stated by attorney Natalie. However, no recourse was received by Stayskal when he reported of the doctor at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg had completely ignored the on-growing tumor in his lung.