Michael A. Worel has 31 years of experience in handling catastrophic personal injury cases. One of the nationâ€™s premier plaintiff s' personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers, Mr.Worelâ€™s most recent jury verdict was for $1.4 million for a Cache County, Utah, family concerning the wrongful death of their wife and mother due to a surgeon's negligence during and after a hernia repair. Six months before that verdict Mr. Worel obtained a verdict of $1.6 million for a turkey farmer in Moroni, Utah, who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury when he was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler with two trailers of milk. At trial, Mr. Worel was able to show that, at the time of the collision, the other driver was on the phone with the home office, which caused him to be distracted while driving.
A few years back, Mr. Worel received a verdict for the sum of $20 million for the family of a 32-year-old wife and mother of two who died after receiving improper anesthesia care prior to an elective laparoscopic exploratory surgery.
Mr. Worel is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2003 in both personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. In 2010 he was named Best Lawyers Salt Lake City Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year. In 2007 Mr. Worel was named one of 500 Leading Plaintiff â€™s Lawyers in America in Lawdragon, Inc. He is also listed in The Best of the U.S., L.L.C. and Super Lawyers. The American Trial Lawyers Association has voted him one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Utah. A frequent speaker about medical negligence and general trial practice, Mr. Worelâ€™s presentations have included â€śDeposing the Expert in a Medical Negligence Case,â€ť â€śPeopleâ€™s Law School: Medical Malpractice,â€ť â€śThe TBI Caseâ€ť and â€śOpening Statements; Establishing the Rules in Trucking Cases.â€ť
Before returning to his Western roots and joining Dewsnup, King & Olsen, Mr. Worel was a senior shareholder at Parsons, Behle & Latimer and prior to that a partner at Cunningham Bounds in Mobile, Alabama from 1988-2009. He was managing partner from 2003-2005 and in 2009. After graduating from Cumberland School of Law, he served as law clerk for Justice Janie L. Shores, Supreme Court of Alabama from 1981-1982.
Mr. Worel thoroughly evaluates the underlying events of each case before filing a lawsuit. For instance, he will only proceed with a medical malpractice case when it has been supported by highly qualified experts. He recognizes that the defendants in the substantial cases he handles rely on the enormous resources of their insurers that will aggressively defend cases even when there is no merit. Despite the financial resources of the insurance companies supporting the defendants, he has continued to achieve success at trial due to his commitment to justice and his clients.