Should Doctors Face Drug Tests? Here Are The Facts.

Should Doctors Face Drug Tests? Here Are The Facts.

Most hard working Americans face drugs tests each and every time they step into a new position.This happens for new pilots, police officers, firefighters, and train operators, but not doctors...
Doctors play one of the most important roles in our country, they have the ability to save lives and prevent pain and suffering in countless others. Why is it then that we don't hold their position up to the same standards as that of an airplane pilot? This topic is not usually brought up in government offices, but for California lawmakers back in 2014, it was on the agenda. California was one of the first states to debate this issue and position themselves to make a change with proposition 46, but it was ultimately defeated.
A 2013 study conducted with the Journal of Addiction Medicine revealed that a whopping 69% of doctors are abusing prescription medications.
Drug companies send doctors free samples of prescription medications on a regular basis. On top of that patients often bring in their unused painkillers for safe disposal.
Here is a helpful list of behavioral signs that could indicate your doctor is abusing drugs.

Signs of addiction from medical professionals

1. Changing jobs frequently.
2. Preferring night shifts because of less supervision and higher access to medication.
3. Sleeping on the job or even in-between shifts.
4. Volunteering to administer narcotics to patients often.
5.  Showing signs of anxiousness about working overtime or extra shifts.
6. Frequent bathroom breaks.
7. Smelling of alcohol or using breath mints or mouthwash excessively.
8. Glassy eyes and small pupils.
9. Errors in paperwork such as charting or reports.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a doctor who is suspected of abusing medications or alcohol, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Call our office for a free consultation and we will do our part to bring justice to your life. Call us at (903) 526-1600.

New Ruling In Texas Regarding Obamacare

On Friday, December 14th a federal judge in our great state of Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act stating that its mandate is unconstitutional to require people to buy health insurance. This ruling was in regards to a lawsuit that was filed this year by Republican governors and state attorney generals. The penalty for not having coverage was eliminated and without it, the entire law has been ruled invalid.  However, this decision is thought to be on the road to appeal once it reaches the Supreme Court. As a result of the ruling on Friday, the U.S. health-care stocks went down as investors grappled with the fallout. This is a concern for many Americans with pre-existing health conditions. Three-quarters of Americans believe it is very important that the law continues to prohibit health insurers from denying coverage because of medical histories. Most Americans agree that it would not be fair for insurers to charge sick people more than healthy people. Our country has some important decisions to make, and at Martin Walker Law; we vow to stay up to date on all current issues regarding the health care and medical industry. If you or someone you know is in need of a free consultation call us today. (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.

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Improve The Health System

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Improve The Health System

We like to remind East Texans of why we do what we do. It's hard to deny the facts, and when displayed in an intelligent way they can show reality in a clear and obvious way even to the deniers. Medical Malpractice cases are not frivolous and do not happen without cause. They are in fact extremely valuable assets that positively affect the quality and safety of patients in medical care.

There are a small number of doctors and hospitals that have poor standards of practice, and these are the practitioners hit the most by medical malpractice suits. These suits happen not only because of bad doctors, but because of faulty systems, processes, or colleagues who can't, won't and don't fix the problems they see around them. Problems caused by doctors, hospitals, Big Pharma, medical device makers, and insurers. Studies summarized in the Cj&D indicate that past performance by doctors is a great way of predicting how they will perform in the future.

That being said, most cases of medical malpractice only affect doctors who have shown repeated mistakes. With all that in mind, there still seems to be a stigma around medical malpractice suits. The medical industry seems to put more emphasis on making these cases seem like a waste of time, instead of trying to fix their own internal issues that harm patients. The CJ&D also reported that sometimes when a doctor loses his license to practice in one state, they may then move to another state and keep their practice. It seems that hospitals make more of an effort to protect themselves than their patients when they discover malpractice from doctors or nurses working in their facilities. There seems to be an extreme amount of personal and financial risk for patients dealing with the uncertainties of modern medical care. That is why there are Law firms like Martin Walker Law protecting East Texans from this type of situation.

If you are interested in a free consultation with us because you feel you have suffered from medical malpractice, don't hesitate to call us today. (903) 526-1600