Dr. Bruce Fagel
Dr. Fagel is an attorney and physician who represents plaintiffs in medical malpractice and negligence cases against doctors and hospitals exclusively on behalf of an injured patient. We specialize in cases resulting in catastrophic injuries caused by a doctor or
hospital negligence, such as
cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy,
nursing home negligence, delays in
diagnosis of cancer, and
paraplegia cases. Dr. Fagel has four associate attorneys working with him who assist in the evaluation, investigation and discovery process of your case under his direction. A supportive and knowledgeable staff of more than 15 is also available for whatever you may need during and after your case is completed.
Dr. Fagel heads a team of highly experienced attorneys to litigate each of the firm's cases. Click the links below to read biographies about each attorney.
Some additional information regarding our
firm that we are proud to share with you:
Dr. Fagel obtained a $460 million ($20 million present cash value) medical malpractice jury verdict, which is the largest medical malpractice verdict in California history.
Dr. Fagel has gone to trial and obtained multi-million dollar jury verdicts in more than a dozen counties in California. He has also litigated against most major medical malpractice defense firms in California and has now extended his practice to include Nevada.
Dr. Fagel has successfully prosecuted numerous
medical malpractice cases against Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, which is the largest healthcare provider in both Northern and Southern California. Although Kaiser requires their members to participate in binding arbitration of all malpractice claims, our firm has obtained significant
arbitration awards and settlements against Kaiser.
Dr Fagel was nominated eight times by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles for their prestigious trial lawyer of the year award.
Dr. Fagel has been directly involved in the legislative process affecting medical malpractice cases. He assisted in effecting the passage of 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. This statute was enacted despite 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 required that all California courts recognize this statute as mandatory. This law allows Dr. Fagel to obtain earlier settlements or trial verdicts on 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 other publications. He served as a consultant on medical malpractice law to the California Judicial Counsel Committee, which wrote the new CACI jury instructions (California Approved Civil Instructions). Dr. Fagel is also regularly invited to speak before the media and organizations of attorneys, physicians and hospitals.
Dr. Fagel has been nominated as Trial Lawyer of the Year by Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles on eight different occasions. He is also featured in the reference book, "Best Lawyers in America."
In today’s world of managed healthcare and steady advances in the science of medicine, should you or your family become injured by medical negligence, you deserve to have legal representation by an attorney who understands physicians and medical practice. Dr. Fagel has the high level of medical understanding and commitment imperative to this type of case.