According to National Institute of Health, medical malpractice kills nearly 225,000 people each year. After heart attacks and cancer, death from medical practice has become the third leading cause of death in United States. If you or a member of your family has been the victim of medical negligence or medical malpractice, you probably have a number of important questions, including what qualifications to look for when choosing a fagellaw.com/">medical malpractice attorney. The most important item to consider when selecting a lawyer for representation in a medical malpractice lawsuit is experience. If the attorney does not have extensive experience with medical malpractice, including court room experience, the victim of medical malpractice will be placed at a severe disadvantage when dealing with the attorneys representing the other side. The defense attorneys representing the doctors or other negligent medical professionals carefully examine the background of the attorney representing the medical malpractice victim. If the attorney does not have a strong court room background, including a track record of winning cases, this can dramatically reduce the amount of the settlement, or even prevent a settlement offer from being made in the first place. Another important area to look for when choosing a medical malpractice lawyer is the attorney?s knowledge of the medical field. Expertise is necessary in two areas: Examination of the medical records and the deposition. The majority of the evidence in a medical malpractice case can be found in the medical records. Therefore, an attorney who has a strong medical background will be able to analyze the medical records and determine where the medical negligence took place. The deposition is a formal question-and-answer process that allows an attorney to probe deeper into the actions of the negligent medical professionals and find out exactly why they made the decisions that led to the medical negligence. Medical professionals understand their field very well; when dealing with attorneys who do not have a strong medical background, doctors and nurses know how to use complicated medical terminology to confuse the lawyer and avoid losing their case. Dr. Bruce Fagel has a strong medical background, including over 10 years experience as an emergency room physician. His experience as both a licensed medical doctor and a leading medical malpractice attorney, enable Dr. Fagel to determine exactly where the medical negligence occurred and win the cases, or obtain the maximum settlements for his clients. The law offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel& Associates specializes in medical malpractice cases resulting in catastrophic injuries to patients caused by doctors, nurses, medical staff, and hospitals, such as birth injuries, cerebral palsy, brain damage, and wrongful death. While many law firms claim they are medical malpractice law firms, most of them practice many areas of law. The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel& Associates only handles medical malpractice cases; this enables the law firm to focus all their talent in one area and one area only, medical malpractice. Dr. Fagel has 30 years of experience in resolving complicated medical malpractice cases and has obtained over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for his clients. Dr. Fagel also obtained the largest medical malpractice award in California history, a $460 million verdict. Dr. Fagel was the only medical malpractice attorney listed on The National Law Journal?s "The 10 Top Trial Attorneys in the Nation? and was also nominated eight times by the Consumer Attorneys Association for their prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award. 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 leading publications. Dr. Fagel also regularly speaks before the media and organizations of attorneys, physicians and hospitals on behalf of patients.