DR. BRUCE G. FAGEL is an attorney and physician who exclusively represents injured patients in
medical malpractice cases against doctors and hospitals. His practice focuses on complex medical malpractice cases resulting in catastrophic injuries to patients caused by doctor or hospital negligence, such as
birth injuries, brain damage,
cerebral palsy, Erb's Palsy,
nursing home negligence,
misdiagnosis of cancer and paraplegia, among others. Dr. Fagel pursues cases on behalf of victims in California and Nevada and also helps clients throughout the United States through representation with local counsel.
Dr. Fagel practiced emergency medicine for 10 years before obtaining his law degree and founding the firm in 1984. His medical practice background makes him the perfect medical malpractice lawyer, as his extensive medical knowledge and hands-on experience provides him with an unparalleled advantage in the courtroom and in settlement proceedings. Furthermore, his legal experience, determination and aggressive cross-examination methods allow him to secure high levels of financial compensation for his clients in nearly all of the cases he pursues.
Dr. Fagel heads a team of highly experienced attorneys that litigate each of the firm's cases. Dr. Fagel has four associate attorneys working with him who assist in the evaluation, investigation and discovery process of cases under his direction. In addition, a supportive and knowledgeable staff of more than 15 aids his efforts and is available to respond to clients' needs during and after cases are completed.
Legal Responsibilities and Accomplishments
Since founding the firm, Dr. Fagel has tried and settled more medical malpractice cases than any other attorney in California. Dr. Fagel has obtained over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for his clients, including the largest medical malpractice verdict in the history of California- a $460 million medical malpractice jury verdict. In addition, Dr. Fagel has obtained multi-million dollar jury verdicts in more than a dozen counties in California and has now extended his practice to include Nevada.
Dr. Fagel has also litigated against most major medical malpractice defense firms in California. His numerous experiences dealing with these defense firms allows him to accurately predict the tactics defense lawyers are likely to employ, while his extensive medical and legal knowledge allows him to effectively counter their claims and secure maximum compensation for his clients. Furthermore, Dr. Fagel has a long history of successfully challenging California's largest medical services and insurance providers. For example. Dr. Fagel is a well-known by the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, the largest health care provider in both Northern and Southern California, as a determined and relentless adversary, as he has successfully prosecuted numerous medical malpractice cases against Kaiser's facilities and employees. Even though Kaiser requires its members to participate in binding arbitration of all malpractice claims, Dr. Fagel has obtained significant arbitration awards and settlements for clients in cases against Kaiser.
Dr. Fagel graduated from the University of Illinois in 1967 with a Bachelor's Degree in both Chemistry and Political Science. After receiving his M.D. Degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1972, Dr. Fagel practiced emergency medicine for 10 years before earning his J.D. Degree from the Whittier College School of Law in 1982.
Dr. Fagel is also a proponent on patients' rights outside the courtroom. He was directly involved in state legislation regarding medical malpractice cases by assisting the passage of the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 36(g), which provides for a priority trial date for children under the age of 14 who are injured due to medical malpractice. With Dr. Fagel's support, this statute was enacted despite the strong opposition from medical and hospital lobbyists in Sacramento. Dr. Fagel brought and argued this law's first case on appeal (Peters v. Superior Court), which subsequently required that all California Courts recognize this statute as mandatory. This law now allows Dr. Fagel to obtain earlier settlements or trial verdicts in cases involving children.
Dr. Fagel has authored various articles on medical malpractice issues that have been published in the L.A. Daily Journal,
The Forum (Consumer Attorneys of California),
The Advocate (Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles) and many other publications. Dr. Fagel also regularly speaks before the media and organizations of attorneys, physicians and hospitals on behalf of patients.
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Honors and Awards
Dr. Fagel has been nominated eight times by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles for their prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. In addition, Dr. Fagel is listed as a Los Angeles Super Lawyer and is featured in the reference book,
Best Lawyers in America. Dr. Fagel has also been featured on the cover of various journals and magazines, such as
Medical Economics and the
National Law Journal.
- American College of Legal Medicine
- Los Angeles County Medical Association
- California Medical Association
- Consumer Attorneys Association of California
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
- American Trial Lawyers Association (American Association for Justice)
- Birth Trauma Litigation Group
- American Association for Justice
- American Trial Lawyers Association--member in American Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association
- Public Justice Foundation