How can I get the best attorney for my case?
The most important requirement for any attorney who seeks to represent a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case is experience.
In many ways, the practice of law is as specialized as the practice of medicine. While many attorneys have experience with different types of cases, medical malpractice cases are so unique that many attorneys are overwhelmed when a seemingly obvious case of medical negligence does not lead to an early settlement.
Unfortunately, many attorneys incorrectly assume that a serious or significant injury is sufficient to win a major settlement. In reality, medical malpractice cases are among the most aggressively defended cases, regardless of the injury. Insurance companies for doctors and hospitals hire the best defense attorneys in the state and will often pay more to defend a case than to settle. The rules that govern medical malpractice cases are also unique and therefore require an attorney who has a proven record of success at both trials and pre-trial settlements to have a reasonable chance to obtain appropriate recovery for specific cases.
Dr. Fagel has tried and settled more medical malpractice cases on behalf of plaintiffs in California than any other attorney. In his more than 25 years of experience as a medical malpractice attorney, he has settled over 700 cases and tried over 50 cases to a favorable verdict. He has settled over 200 cases involving injuries to children at birth, which are considered to be the most complex and challenging of all medical malpractice cases. Dr. Fagel has amassed this record because, for the past 25 years, he has only pursued medical malpractice cases and has tried cases in more than 20 different California counties. Although many attorneys claim that they specialize in medical malpractice cases, they also specialize in other types of personal injury or product liability cases. Dr. Fagel not only specializes in medical malpractice cases, but he does so exclusively and does not handle any other types of cases. This specialization allows him and his staff to develop the degree of expertise that causes defense attorneys and insurance companies for doctors and hospitals to usually settle Dr. Fagel's cases for maximum amounts.