World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day, and at Martin Walker Law we would like to use this time to raise awareness about some issues the medical industry creates for those with cancer. World Cancer day is a day to empower the world to show support for those with cancer as well as encourage personal action in everyone to fight for improvement. One way that we would like to participate in this is to raise awareness for when doctors fail to diagnose cancer in their patients. This mistake is more costly than any amount of money because it usually costs someone their life or the life of their loved one. According to recent research from 2016, failure to diagnose properly accounted for 34 percent of all medical malpractice payouts that year. Doctors who fail to perform the required tests for finding cancer in its early stages could very well be engaging in medical malpractice. If a patient is not diagnosed by their doctor early enough it could mean that they will then have to go through a tremendous amount of chemotherapy or other harsh medications in order to combat the disease. If the doctor had successfully diagnosed cancer in the early stages then the patient would have not had to suffer through such harsh of a treatment process.
Other possible outcomes resulting from a failure to diagnose cancer:

  • Shortened estimated life span.
  • Expensive medical procedures may be necessary.
  • The patient passes away in a matter of a few short months.
  • The patient may die weeks after the doctor diagnoses cancer.
  • The patient's cancer could be highly contagious and spread throughout the body at a rapid rate.

This is why it's important for early detection tests to be administered to patients often when they are under their doctors care. Cancer is a very serious illness and should never be discounted when a patient is complaining of symptoms that resemble in any way those of cancer.
The American Cancer Society has some suggestions for avoiding cancer in 2019.

  • Stay away from Tobacco.
  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.

Many types of cancer are easily treated when diagnosed at an early enough stage. These include breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, testicular cancer, and renal-kidney cancer. There is no reason that your doctor should miss the warning signs of cancer and submit you for a screening in time to save your life. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer in the late stages you may be entitled to compensation. Call our office today and we can get to the bottom of your situation and make sure that you get the justice that you deserve with your late cancer diagnosis. (903) 526-1600


Communication is Key at the Doctor's Office

Communication is Key at the Doctor's Office

It can be hard to communicate with your doctor, at the same time we put a lot of trust in them, and for good reason. The amount of studying and training they go through is unlike any other profession. Four years of undergraduate studies, followed by four years in medical school. After that another three to seven years in residency training before they are even eligible for a medical license. The reason for this is that the human body is an extremely complicated and intricate system. If one thing is out of place the whole system can get out of sync and serious health issues can arise. This reason alone can put even the most highly trained professional in a situation where they may not know the true reason behind an illness. Unfortunately, this can lead to doctors simplifying issues and not digging deep enough to find the problem. This can lead to patients missing out on treatments that may be the perfect solution to their health problems, and this is an example of medical malpractice. When a doctor makes a careless mistake in their patient's diagnosis it can mean life or death to a patient. It's hard for some people to speak up to authority figures in a white coat, and that is why at Martin Walker Law, we want East Texans to feel empowered at their next doctor appointment.
There are some warning signs to look out for the next time you see your physician.

  • The doctor dismisses your thoughts without discussing them with you
  • The treatment plan prescribed seems uncomfortable to you and hard for you to follow or understand
  • The doctor doesn't feel the need to describe to you the full extent of your condition
  • You or a family member are talked into signing documents without proper explanation

How to speak up at the doctor's office.

  • If your doctor says something that is confusing simply ask them to repeat it again for you.
  • If you say something and your doctor seems to misunderstand you and begins to prescribe a treatment too soon, simply ask them why they think that will help with your issue.
  • If the possible side effects of your treatment are unclear ask to see a list before you make a final decision.

Another simple solution is to ask someone you can trust if your situation sounds like medical malpractice. Getting a second opinion is important even if it's about your doctors level of care for you. There have been situations in the past where patients will complain of certain painful symptoms for months or even years while their doctor neglects to find the root cause. This results in the patient having to rush to emergency rooms at the last minute only then to find out what was wrong with them. Just because your doctor is wearing a white coat doesn't mean he is all knowing. Don't be afraid to stick up for yourself and ask questions, it could save you or a loved one's life many years of pain and suffering. If this sounds like something you have had to deal with in the past or even at the current time, don't hesitate to call our office today for a consultation. We will work with you to find out if you have suffered from medical malpractice and we will help you find your voice and win justice for yourself or your loved one. Call us today (903) 526-1600.