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What to Look for When Choosing a Medical Malpractice Attorney

Each year approximately 225,000 people die from medical malpractice in the United States, making it the third leading cause of death. Many people are seriously injured from medical negligence as well. If you or a family member have been seriously injured due to a doctor, nurse, or hospital, you may have a case for medical malpractice. You probably have a lot of questions and don’t know where to start.

Experience – While it is easy to find lawyers in the phone book or on the Internet who handle a variety of cases, medical malpractice included, it is important to understand that medical malpractice cases are the most complicated types of cases to pursue. A lawyer needs a great deal of knowledge and experience with both medicine and medical malpractice law.

Dr. Bruce Fagel handles only medical malpractice cases and has tried and settled more medical malpractice cases on behalf of injured victims than any other attorney in California. Dr. Fagel also co-counsels with other attorney’s throughout the United States.

Track Record – In order for a victim of medical malpractice to obtain the largest settlement possible in a medical malpractice case, the money necessary to cover the medical expenses, the loss of income, and the pain and suffering encountered, will require the defendant’s doctor or hospital insurance carrier to respect and fear your attorney. This fear and respect comes from the experience of the attorney you retain and their track record in taking medical malpractice cases to trial and winning these cases.

Dr. Bruce Fagel has successfully tried cases throughout California and is well known and respected by the attorneys who represent doctors and hospitals. He is even asked to speak at meetings of defense attorneys, hospitals, and insurance companies. Dr. Fagel’s track record in obtaining large verdicts and settlements can be seen by visiting his website.

Knowledge – all medical malpractice cases require evidence from medical experts to prove negligence and causation. Often medical malpractice cases are lost at trial because defense attorneys are able to use their medical experts to confuse a jury or the plaintiff attorney is not able to explain a case properly to a jury.

Dr. Bruce Fagel is a licensed physician who practiced emergency room medicine for 10 years before becoming a leading medical malpractice lawyer. He has spent nearly thirty years pursuing complex medical malpractice cases for injured victims and their families. As a doctor, he understands the complexities of a medical malpractice case and is able to prevent doctors and medical experts from trying to use complicated medical jargon to confuse a jury. He knows how to cross examine the defense experts because he understands the medical language they speak.

Ability to fund the case – medical malpractice cases can easily exceed $200,000 or more before trial. Many attorneys are unable to advance such a large sum of money and some ask the clients to pay the costs as the case progresses. This can cost you a lot of money, money that you probably can’t afford to advance to your attorney.

Dr. Bruce Fagel advances all the costs for the cases he handles. There is no out of pocket cost to the client.

What do past clients think about the lawyer – one of the best measures of success for any lawyer is the opinions of previous satisfied clients who have had medical malpractice cases similar to yours. Ask any lawyer you meet with to provide you a list of previous clients (especially with cases similar to yours). If the attorney is unable to provide you with the list, he or she probably does not have the level of experience or the proven track record of success that you need for your case.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.

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