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.

Compensation For Wrongful Death

Compensation For Wrongful Death

There is no pain in the world quite like losing a loved one. The pain and suffering can take years to heal and when it does that loved one will never be forgotten. At Martin Walker Law we want to help you in your time of need get the justice your loved one deserves. We know the pain can be amplified knowing that it was caused by the actions of a reckless or negligent person. We are here to remind East Texans that if you have lost a loved one due to an accident caused by another party, you could very well be entitled to compensation. We know that no amount of money or compensation can replace the one you lost, but it can help to give you closure, and maybe even prevent similar events for others. Seeking the help of professional and experienced wrongful death attorneys can make a difference in your life and bring the closure that you deserve after your loss. In order to get the justice you deserve in this situation, it's important to understand Texas wrongful death laws.
In Texas, three categories of individuals are able to file claims of wrongful death, according to the Wrongful Death Act.

  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Parents

Keep in mind the compensatory damages Texas law recognizes people are entitled to.

  • Loss of the capacity to earn money based on what you would have made according to your age, education and work history
  • Any expenses created by needing psychological treatment or therapy
  • Loss of services such as parental, child, or spousal
  • Loss of advice or counsel associated with being a parent, spouse or child
  • Funeral expenses

Some examples of wrongful death cases include:

  • A driver of an 18-wheeler is on drugs and managed to pass out and drive into oncoming traffic. If he hits and injures another driver badly. That person has a personal injury claim, but if he dies his family has a wrongful death claim.
  • A woman dies from taking a defective drug for her diabetes. Her family has a wrongful death claim.
  • Also, keep in mind situations that would not allow for a wrongful death claim. An example is if a child with a heart condition is treated by a doctor, and the child ends up dying despite the best efforts of the doctor.

At Martin Walker Law we believe all Texans have the right to know their legal rights in any situation they find themselves in. We hope that this post can find someone in a time of need and provide them with the information that can help steer them closer to seeking justice. Please do not hesitate to call us if you believe you have a wrongful death case. Call us anytime  (903) 526-1600