Thomson Reuters Recognizes Martin Walker Co-Founders Among Texas Super Lawyers

Martin Walker PC is proud to announce that trial lawyers and firm co-founders Reid Martin and John F. (Jack) Walker III have earned recognition among this year’s Texas Super Lawyers. Both have been selected for their work on behalf of plaintiffs in the area of medical malpractice.

“Jack understands how stressful and often how scary a client’s situation can be,” said Mr. Martin. “He wants our clients to know that they’ve got someone in their corner, and that’s evident in the way he fights for them in the courtroom. You couldn’t ask for a better advocate.”

While the number of Texas attorneys who continue to accept medical malpractice cases is shrinking by the year, Martin Walker PC stands ready to fight for those it represents. Each attorney is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

“For the sorts of cases we take on, I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Reid,” said Mr. Walker. “To be able to sit with him, talk through a case, and find solutions that often aren’t obvious right at the start, is something I’m very thankful for. Not a day goes by that I’m not impressed by his work ethic and commitment.”

Each year, Thomson Reuters recognizes less than five percent of attorneys in the state for its list of Texas Super Lawyers. Those selected are nominated by peers and colleagues and then vetted through independent research by the Thomson Reuters’ editorial staff before a final review by a blue-ribbon panel. A final list of honorees is published in the November issue of Texas Monthly and the Texas edition of Texas Super Lawyers magazines. The full list is available online at http://www.superlawyers.com.

This is far from the first time Martin Walker PC has been recognized for its skill and leadership. In 2020, the firm was inducted into the Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame for a $43.32 million medical malpractice verdict, which was the largest in Texas in 2018 and the largest overall in the past five years. Earlier this year, Mr. Martin and Mr. Walker were each recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America.


Martin Walker Law Firm Inducted into National Law Journal Verdicts Hall of Fame

Martin Walker has earned recognition in The National Law Journal’s Verdicts Hall of Fame for a record $43 million medical malpractice verdict won in 2018 against East Texas Medical Center.

Firm co-founders Jack Walker and Reid Martin, together with trial attorney Marisa Schouten, represented a man who had to be placed in a medically induced coma for more than a month after a botched procedure by a doctor who was already on probation with the Texas Medical Board. The plaintiff had sought help at the Tyler hospital for bile duct stones but was misdiagnosed by a gastroenterologist who should not have been allowed access to the hospital at the time of the procedure. Weeks after he was placed in a coma, a second doctor rejected the original diagnosis and successfully completed the operation.

“Thank you to The National Law Journal for recognizing all the hard work that went into this case,” said firm co-founder Reid Martin. “Those affected by medical malpractice stand to lose so much, and everyone at Martin Walker is absolutely committed to fighting for them and making sure they get the justice they deserve.”

As compensation for past and future pain and suffering, as well as medical care and lost income, the plaintiff was awarded approximately $18.5 million, as well as an additional $25 million in punitive damages meant to cover the hospital’s gross negligence. This amount represented the largest medical malpractice verdict in Texas for all of 2018.

Those inducted in the Verdicts Hall of Fame were selected from five different practice area categories. This year’s honorees represent the firms with the highest verdicts from 2015-2019 and are recognized in the October 2020 issue of The National Law Journal.

The complete listing of the National Law Journal Verdicts Hall of Fame can be found here.


Martin Walker Law Firm Earns Entry to Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame

Martin Walker has been inducted into Texas Lawyer newspaper’s Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame. The news comes after the firm secured a record $43 million medical malpractice against East Texas Medical Center.

Pierce v. East Texas Medical Center saw Martin Walker co-founders Jack Walker and Reid Martin and trial attorney Marisa Schouten represent a man who suffered serious medical complications after being misdiagnosed by a gastroenterologist who was on probation with the Texas Medical Board. According to the lawsuit, the doctor, who should not have been allowed to work at the hospital at the time of the procedure, wrongly concluded that surgery was not an option to remove bile duct stones. The man was placed in a medically induced coma for a more than a month until a second doctor rejected the original diagnosis and operated without complication.

“This verdict was commensurate with the damage that was done to my client,” Mr. Walker said. “Regular people trust their doctors to handle some of the most important decisions in their lives. To allow such a serious medical error to occur was unconscionable. We’re grateful to Texas Lawyer and our colleagues in the legal community for recognizing the work we did to ensure justice won the day.”

The plaintiff was awarded approximately $18.5 million for past and future pain and suffering, lost income and medical care. Another $25 million in punitive damages was awarded for the hospital’s gross negligence. The total sum has been recognized as the largest medical malpractice verdict in Texas in 2018.

Inductees into the Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame were chosen across five categories, each representing a different area of practice. This year’s honorees represent the firms with the highest verdicts from 2015-2019 and will be recognized in the September 2020 issue of Texas Lawyer.


Martin Walker Handles Case Of 13-year old's Preventable Death

In August 2018, Kyrell McBride-Johnson collapsed on the football field during tryouts and later died while being taken to the hospital. It was determined that Kyrell had died of a pre-existing heart condition even though he had been screened and cleared by CareNow clinic in Fort Worth. Critically, Kyrell had checked yes to three important questions:

"Have you ever had chest pain during or after exercise?
"Have you ever become ill from exercising in the heat?"
"Do you have asthma?"

"These questionnaires are designed to be a screening tool, and it needed to be taken seriously,” Reid Martin said about the case. “They just didn’t do their job in this case. He should be with us today because this was a preventable death.”

An autopsy showed that Kyrell died of a heart anomaly called an anomalous coronary artery, which is the second most common cause of death among young athletes.

"I want the medical community to know what happened and to take these screenings more seriously,” Kyrell's mother, Monica McBride-Debbs said. “That would prevent any other parent, any other mom, to have to go through what I went through with my 13-year-old son, who had a very promising life ahead of him."

This case has gotten coverage on The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, NBC 5 News in Dallas, and others.


Reid Martin and Jack Walker Recognized Among Top Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers

Lawdragon has released its list of the country’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers for 2020. Martin Walker co-founders Jack Walker and Reid Martin have both been recognized for their work on behalf of people who have been catastrophically injured or involved in serious business disputes.

“Serving our clients and fighting on their behalf is something we feel very passionate about,” said Mr. Martin. “For us, it goes beyond the job. It’s personal.”

Lawdragon describes the attorneys it recognizes by saying, “The Plaintiff Consumer 500 range from coast to coast, counseling grieving family members and finding pathways to justice for those who have been harmed or killed.”

“This is work that we’ve dedicated our lives to,” said Mr. Walker. “To be recognized for that is very gratifying.”

In its fifteenth year of publication, Lawdragon is releasing 15 lists recognizing attorneys in a variety of practice areas. In addition to its 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, Reid Martin was also recognized among Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America. The complete list of Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers can be found here.


Martin Walker Co-Founders Earn Selection to 2020 Texas Super Lawyers

Martin Walker, P.C., co-founders Reid Martin and Jack Walker have been recognized among the 2020 listing of Texas Super Lawyers. Both attorneys were selected primarily for their work in the area of Medical Malpractice, but were also recognized for their expertise in complex Personal Injury cases. Mr. Walker also earned recognition for his work in Products Liability.

“Having your work recognized is always a great feeling,” said Mr. Walker. “But what’s truly special is being listed alongside so many talented attorneys.”

Texas Super Lawyers recognizes the top five percent of attorneys in the state. The publication’s patented nomination process consists of peer selections and evaluations as well as independent research. Those who wish to learn more about the rigorous selection process can visit: https://www.superlawyers.com.

“From day one, we’ve worked hard to make sure those we represent understand they’ve got someone in their corner,” Mr. Martin said. “It’s an honor to be recognized by our peers.”

The inclusion of Mr. Martin and Mr. Walker among this year’s Texas Super Lawyers is a testament to their skills as litigators and their willingness to take on tough cases on behalf of those in need. Since 2006, Martin Walker, P.C., has represented businesses and individuals alike in cases ranging from personal injury and medical malpractice to products liability and commercial litigation. More information can be learned by calling (903) 526-1600.


Reid Martin and Jack Walker Selected Among Best Lawyers in America

Reid Martin and Jack Walker, partners and co-founders of Tyler-based Martin Walker, P.C., have earned selection to the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become one of the most well-known and well-respected legal guides in the nation.
Mr. Martin was recognized for his work in Medical Malpractice Law, while Mr. Walker was named for his work in Personal Injury Litigation. Both attorneys are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and are among the few attorneys in Texas who still take on medical malpractice cases.
“We have had a very exciting year,” said Mr. Martin. “It’s rewarding to be able to help our clients achieve justice, and Jack and I are honored to see our hard work recognized by our peers.”

Selection to Best Lawyers in America is made entirely through peer nominations from attorneys in the same geographical and legal practice areas. Those nominations are then reviewed by Best Lawyers staff to ensure attorneys are in good standing with their local bar associations. The 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America is available online at http://bestlawyers.com.

“This is truly special because of the fact you have others in our own profession who are looking at our names and saying, ‘Yes, those two are among the best,’” said Mr. Walker.

Established in 2006, Martin Walker, P.C. represents both businesses and individuals in high-stakes litigation, including medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries involving 18-wheeler accidents, oilfield injuries, wrongful death, and product liability.


Subaru Recalls Cars Whose Engine Can Cut Out While Driving

Car manufacturer Sabaru is recalling a combined 250,000 vehicles across their Crosstrek, Forester, Ascent, and Impreza lines, says Consumer Reports. Many car recalls are for things like a latch not hooking correctly or a headlight that fogs up. This recall, however, was triggered by a faulty engine part shared by Sabaru’s various car lines that can let oil into the wrong paces which could cause the engine to lose power or stall.

Consumer Reports was unable to find out how often this problem has occurred or whether it injured anyone. While this recall is nowhere near the scope of Takata’s multimillion unit airbag recalls, it still seems like a fairly big deal that an issue that causes a loss of engine power has been identified.

Wondering if your vehicle is involved in a recall? The National Highway Safety Administration has an easy to use Recalls section on their website at https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls


The Bad News And Good News About Contributory Negligence

How much responsibility you bear for an accident can determine the damages you are awarded. If you are partially at fault, can you still make a claim against someone? Well, there’s good news and bad news.

The bad news is that under the rules of Proportionate Responsibility, the damages paid to someone injured in a negligence case will be reduced the more you are at fault. That means if a jury determines you were 30% at fault in a car accident, any damages awarded to you will be reduced by 30%. This rule is capped at 50%, however. If you are suing someone for an injury and it is determined that you were more than 50% responsible, then your injury is considered your own fault and you will receive no payout.

The good news is, things used to be a lot worse. Historically speaking, the law has become more friendly to plaintiffs over time. In the past, a principle called “contributory negligence” said that if you were even 1% at fault for an injury then you were not owed any compensation. Ever since the early 1900s, this very strict standard has been getting more and more reasonable. Major reforms in 1995 and 2003 helped this process along to the modern day rules.

Filing a lawsuit after an injury can be a complicated process. It can be helpful to have a team of established lawyers on your side. If you need help, contact us today.