A Curated List of Medical Malpractice Trends from 2018

A Curated List of Medical Malpractice Trends from 2018

Medical malpractice payouts are on the rise this year. We have compiled a list of some of the most interesting and informative trends that could possibly help you in the future. The first trend that sparked our interest is that medical malpractice payouts are on the rise. Back in 2003, $4.8 billion dollars were paid out in the U.S. medical malpractice claims. However, that number fell to $3.6 billion as recently as 2012. It is estimated that if this current trend continues malpractice settlements could exceed $4 billion by the end of 2018. Another trend is that malpractice trends tend to vary state by state. Although the payout that results in each case may vary no matter what state the claim is made. There is a trend of some states having a higher average payout than others. New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have a higher average payout than Southern and Midwestern states such as Wisconsin, South Dakota, and North Carolina. Malpractice Payouts vary based on the severity of the outcome for the patient. It does not matter if something avoidable was done to you or a family member in medical care, what matters is its impact on you, if any. Patients that suffered quadriplegia or brain damage generally take home an average of $1 million dollars. In contrast, patients suffering temporary injuries received much lower payouts.

Some of the most common medical malpractice claims are diagnostic errors, surgery errors, inadequate or substandard treatment, and obstetrics.

At Martin Walker Law, our number one priority is you and your well-being. We believe that Justice should have no parameters. That’s why it’s important for you to call us for a free consultation today – 903.526.1600

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Hire The Right Medical Malpractice Attorney

It’s vital for patients to know about their rights within the context of medical malpractice cases. That’s why it’s essential for those who have been affected by medical malpractice to hire the right Texas lawyers to assist them through the process of their claim.
Martin Walker Law has the experience to help under their belt including: Lawyers of Distinction 2018, Featured Verdict on Verdict Search for a $43,327,246 settlement, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Medical malpractice is, by definition, “Any act or omission by a physician during treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of practice in the medical community and causes an injury to the patient.” Such cases can range anywhere from incorrect dosages creating a negative effect on one’s body to removing the wrong organ. It’s imperative for those to be held accountable for their actions or inactions.
Hiring a professional medical malpractice lawyer is time-consuming and a difficult process for many. At Martin Walker Law, we are more than just that. We are your advocates. And we want to make the process as comfortable as possible.
As veterans in the industry, we understand the legal process when it comes to medical malpractice claims. We value efficiency and effectiveness as it relates to the patient seeking to initiate said medical malpractice claim. We have vast amounts of knowledge connecting the necessary dots to contribute to a powerful case.
Malpractice can take some time to resolve. Many cases can take up to 10 years, as defendants will put up a fight. The reason being is that some malpractice claims can result in the termination of medical licenses among other such consequences.
At Martin Walker Law, our number one priority is you and your well-being. We believe that Justice should have no parameters. That’s why it’s important for you to call us for a free consultation today – 903.526.1600

Pool Liability Tips

Do you own a pool? Plan to go swimming soon? There are some things you should know before taking a dip.
1. If you own a pool, you have to take great care to protect others. Backyard pools can be considered what is called an Attractive Nuisance. What that means is that unless you specifically put up safeguards, such as a locked gate, you might be held liable for anyone who is injured in your pool whether you invited them or not.
Pools also require a lot of care and attention to make sure their chemical balance is correct. An improper chemical balance can quickly cause minor to severe injuries.
2. If you are injured at a public pool you should investigate your city’s local rules. In some cases you cannot simply file a personal injury lawsuit against a publicly operated pool. Instead, you might need to start with a notice of claim with your local government.
3. Did you know that in most states pool lifeguards are legally required get a number of certifications involving swimming and pool safety? In Texas, for instance, a lifeguard needs to have special lifeguard, CPR, and first aid training. In some cases, states also limit what a lifeguard can be paid to do. For instance, they can’t man the snack bar and perform lifeguard duties.
Improper lifeguard training can be one area to look at when injured at a pool.
If you or someone you know has questions about pool liabilities, you can give us a call (903) 526-1600.