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.