Doctors Failing To Keep Up-To-Date

Doctors Failing To Keep Up-To-Date

A systematic review that took place in May of 2016 by JAMA Pediatrics focused on overuse in pediatric care. Studies were published that same year that showed old recommendations still being used today that put children at a vulnerable risk. Methods including recommendations for children to consume Pedialyte, antidepressants, inducing deliveries too early instead of waiting for natural labor to kick in, ankle x-rays to look for injuries instead of making sure by hand, and offering hydrolized formulas when there is no evidence they can combat allergies or help with autoimmune diseases. This problem doesn't stop with just children; doctors can be too rash when dealing with breast cancer patients and offering harsh treatments too soon. Extended chemotherapy treatments in the early stages of breast cancer can be unnecessary and dangerous. These problems can be easily avoided if doctors are more open to evidence-based medicine. Unfortunately, some doctors are oblivious to the helpful best-intentioned groups out there that do hard work for them of carefully analyzing medical-scientific studies. These groups can offer life-saving advice on a wide range of treatments to doctors with little time; why are doctors not taking advantage? Groups such as the Choosing Wisely Foundation which is an initiative of the American Board of intentional Medicine. This organization focuses on the care that physicians commonly employ that they shouldn't for various reasons. There are many other organizations such as this that are dedicated to ensuring patients are getting adequate treatment. Whether a doctor is unaware that their treatments are outdated or even unscientific, or they are just being stubborn; its no excuse to cause a patient harm when in their care. In some cases, it will be up to informed individuals to step in and encourage alternatives to doctors and to ask for second opinions.

It’s important to not be afraid to ask questions, no matter how hard it may be. We understand how much pain and suffering there is due to these injustices in the medical industry – we’ve been there ourselves. And Martin Walker Law wants for you and your family to be served properly in these times of adversity.
Contact us today for a free consultation and get help today. We’re here to help at (903) 526-1600.

 


Are Seniors Vulnerable To Doctors who Over Prescribe?

Are Seniors Vulnerable To Doctors who Over Prescribe?

Seniors are individuals with a unique set of needs and problems that deserve proper care and attention from medical professionals.
At Martin Walker Law, we respect and want to help the seniors of East Texas get the information and justice they deserve. We all hear it from doctors and family members, taking a low dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and even dementia. The sad fact is that this practice does not work, and it even increases the risk of major bleeding in the digestive tract or even other parts of the body. These findings were the result of a report made by the New York Times involving 19,000 people age ranging from 65 and older took low-dose aspirin of 100 milligrams a day for around 4 years.
Seniors should also be advised to have the confidence to bring up and discuss with their doctors whether they should continue taking aspirin. In some cases, after some time they may no longer require it, but should always discuss it first and never go off it suddenly on their own. On average doctors spend only 15 minutes or so with each patient. It can save seniors a lot of pain and suffering if they are able to get their physician to engage in a discussion of what is a truly relevant treatment to their ailments, and what can be taken off their prescription list. It's our opinion that more time per doctor visit should be allocated for seniors to make sure their quality of care is not put on the backburner.
If you or someone you know has been affected by malpractice, seek help immediately. We suggest not waiting for 2 years or more from the date you were affected. It’s our duty at Martin Walker Law to represent you to the standard that we believe is necessary to tackle any case.
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Misdiagnosed Cancer And Its Huge Impact On Lives

Misdiagnosed Cancer And Its Huge Impact On Lives

Here at Martin Walker Law, we want all East Texans to be made aware of the most common types of cancers that are misdiagnosed by doctors.
Not only is it important to keep these cancer types in mind, but there are some factors that come into play that can be associated with the misdiagnoses. It turns out that young adults are most likely to miss out on a diagnosis altogether. This can be a dangerous mistake because once they are eventually diagnosed it's usually at a much later and dangerous stage of cancer. Some of the reasons that these mistakes are made are that there is occasionally not enough time with a patient, faulty equipment and limited knowledge. The cancers that you need to keep in mind that are misdiagnosed most often are colorectal, lung, and breast cancers. ABC News made a point to address that 1.3 million Americans receive a false cancer scare every year. Pathologists are more likely to cause the error, resulting from an incorrectly analyzed test. This is because not all are specialists in cancer as a whole, and the mistakes usually involve tissue from the skin, prostate and female reproductive tract. Half of these errors result in serious harm, and this is a problem that needs to be taken seriously in the medical field. A report from 2015 by Fox News concluded that around 1 in 20 adults will experience some form of a medical mistake.
If you or a family member has been misdiagnosed, it's important that you know you have the right to seek justice. Give us a call today at (903) 526-1600.


Women Are Left Undiagnosed More Often For This Serious Illness

Women Are Left Undiagnosed More Often For This Serious Illness

It's well known that experiencing chest pain on the left side of the body is a common symptom of a heart attack. It isn't mentioned as often that women are less likely to experience this symptom and are more likely to experience other symptoms. In fact, women are more likely than men to experience around three non-chest related symptoms. According to a study by Healthline 53% of patients under study had doctors that failed to connect their non-chest related symptoms to a heart problem. This is a larger amount of women in the study, compared to the 36% of men that were also misdiagnosed. Things as common as an upset stomach can be a sign that a woman is having a heart attack. Some more symptoms that could have heart-related causes are nausea, indigestion, heartburn, stomach pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, throat pain, jaw pain, exhaustion, loud snoring, sweating, constant cough, swollen legs, feet, and ankles, and an irregular heartbeat. As the number one cause of death in American women, why is it so hard for doctors to get this diagnosis right? Researchers have found that of the women who experience diverse symptoms, they are more likely to have previously suffered from diabetes, obesity, stroke, mini-stroke, congestive heart failure, chronic lung disease, and chronic kidney disease.
If you would like to learn more about how to get help for you or a loved one when a medical professional fails to adequately diagnose an illness, please feel free to visit the Contact Page of our website. Or call us at (903) 526-1600.


What's Considered Medical Malpractice?

It's vital that all East Texans are made aware of what exactly constitutes medical malpractice.
Most people do not think about the reality that once they enter a hospital they are at the mercy of the physicians to provide them quality care. Medical malpractice can occur when a health care professional or provider fails to provide appropriate treatment. This can happen by neglect, omitting an appropriate action, giving substandard treatment, or causing harm, injury and even death to a patient.
This is why medical malpractice law is so vital in this day and age. Without it, patients would not be able to recover compensation from any of the harms they were subjected to by medical providers. The Medical Malpractice Center estimates that in the United States there are between 15,000 and 19,000 malpractice suits against doctors every year.
A case for malpractice can be considered if these 4 requirements are met. There was a professional duty owed to a patient, the duty owed was breached by the care provider, an injury was caused by the breach, and damages resulted from the breach. If doing nothing is what caused the damages; that is an example of omission or negligence in and of itself.
It's important that patients know that simply being dissatisfied by the outcome of treatment does not imply that medical malpractice has taken place. If that were the case it is likely that there would be no hospitals or doctors left in practice.
When it comes to the medical industry, there are a lot of small factors doctors have to keep in mind, while at the same time keeping up with their hectic schedule. Examples include how blood thinners work to lower risk of stroke and heart attack. They can be a great service to a person in an emergency, but doctors have to keep in mind that it can also lead to a risk of bleeding.
It’s vital to document as much as you can, no matter how hard it may be. We understand how much pain and suffering there is due to these injustices in the medical industry – we’ve been there ourselves. And Martin Walker Law wants for you and your family to be served properly in these times of adversity.
Contact us today for a free consultation and get help today. We’re here to help at (903) 526-1600.


List Of Emergency Surgeries That Are More Dangerous Than Commonly Thought

List of Emergency Surgeries That Are More Dangerous Than Commonly Thought

According to a paper published in JAMA Surgery, researchers have found that out of 421,476 patient records, there are 7 procedures that account for 89% of all admissions, deaths, and complications related to emergency surgeries.
 
These surgeries are mistakenly regarded for noninvasive and uncomplicated surgeries; this is proving to not be the case at all. The surgeries in question include partial colon removal, small-bowel resection, gallbladder removal, peptic ulcer disease operations, abdominal adhesion removal, and appendectomy. All of these surgeries have one thing in common in that they are in some way connected to the digestive system. This is considered to be a looming catastrophe because the cost of this type of care appears to be becoming higher than that of diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer diagnoses. Not only do measures need to be taken to reduce these costs, but doctors and health care professionals also need to figure out why these surgeries are becoming much more of a problem than they should be.

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Are Medical Errors The Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.?

Are Medical Errors The Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.?

There are many diseases and illnesses that take the lives of Americans each year; heart disease and cancer take the most lives than any other disease. It's hard to think that the one place most everyone goes to in order to recover from these illnesses is also one of the causes of so many of the deaths in our country. According to a John Hopkins study that took place in May of 2016. Medical error is now ranked as the third leading cause of death, taking the lives of 250,000 people in the United States every year. This is absolutely inexcusable; we need to figure out the cause and stop this from happening any further. One possible contributor is the well-known fact that doctors are often burnt out from their duties of overseeing the care of numerous patients daily. That being said, one of the main issues with this entire topic is that it is hardly openly discussed. The tolerance level for these type of errors is much higher than that of any other industry. It is possible that the lack of standardization in medical practices could be a contributing factor. Doctors are given a lot of free range with their methods and procedures. For instance, in the airline industry when a plane crashes or a passenger is mistreated, it is widely considered a public safety issue. Why do we not hold medical institutions to that same level of responsibility? Another frightening point to consider is that this is only the statistics for the number of deaths caused by medical error. There are estimates that severe patient injuries that resulted from a medical error are at a number 4o times the death rate.
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Medical Errors Can Harm Anyone

Medical Errors Can Harm Anyone

No one is immune to medical malpractice errors.
There are over 22 cases reported of a lawsuit involving a celebrity in a medical error. Some of these surgeries range from heart surgeries to gallbladder removal. And the celebrities affected range from Julie Andrews to Andy Warhol. Julie Andrews received permanent damage to her throat after a negligent procedure. Dana Carvey was impacted by a serious injury after a surgeon operated on the wrong artery during a heart surgery. Dennis Quad's newborn twins received an overdose of medication in a hospital that caused them to internally bleed.
There is something to be said about the fact that even the rich and famous who can afford intensive medical care are still subjected to such traumatizing medical injuries. This fact should be brought to the light more often; especially with patients who are depending on these surgeries to improve their quality of life. These surgeries are sometimes the one thing that stands between a man or woman being able to make a living for themselves, or their families. Do your research on each hospital and doctor before deciding on who to trust your life with. It may be easier to go into a surgery blind and have full faith and trust in the surgeon, but that could be a fatal mistake on your part.
Martin Walker PC is a Tyler-based law firm with significant trial expertise representing individuals and businesses in high-stakes litigation, including medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries involving 18-wheeler accidents, oilfield injuries, wrongful death, and product liability. For more information visit: http://www.martinwalkerlaw.com/
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