How can I get the best attorney for my medical malpractice case?
The most important requirement for any attorney who seeks to represent a plaintiff in a medical malpractice or negligence case is experience--particularly in a birth injury case.
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 or negligence 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 through a lawsuit. In reality, medical malpractice and negligence cases are among the most aggressively defended cases, regardless of the injury. Insurance companies for doctors and hospitals hire the best defense attorneys 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 extensive experience with both settlements and trials of medical malpractice and negligence cases on behalf of Plaintiffs. In his nearly 30 years of experience as a medical malpractice attorney, he has settled over 700 cases and tried over 50 cases to a favorable verdict. Dr. Fagel 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 impressive record because he only pursues medical malpractice and negligence cases.
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 catastrophic medical malpractice cases, and he does so exclusively. He does not handle any other types of cases. This specialization allows Dr. Fagel and his staff to develop the degree of expertise that causes defense attorneys and insurance companies for doctors and hospitals to usually settle his cases for maximal amounts. Dr. Fagel has settled 90%-95% of the cases he has filed through a malpractice lawsuit.