Michael A. Worel has 34 years of experience in handling catastrophic personal injury cases and is a shareholder with Dewnsup, King & Olsen, the leading plaintiff’s trial firm in Utah. One of the nation’s premier plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers, Mr. Worel’s most recent victory was a record breaking medical malpractice verdict of $11.2 million on the behalf of a man seriously injured during a non-indicated brain surgery.
In 2014 he won a record breaking arbitration award in a malpractice case concerning a sciatic injury which occurred during a lithotripsy procedure. Also in that year he tried a case in Mobile, Alabama for a seriously injured farm worker and received a $4 million verdict. The year before that he obtained a $3.1 million jury verdict for a wife and two daughters following the death of their husband and father in a trucking accident case. Three months before that Mr. Worel was able to obtain a $1.4 million verdict 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, 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’s Lawyers in America in Law Dragon, 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. Worel’s presentations have included “Deposing the Expert in a Medical Negligence Case,” “People’s Law School: Medical Malpractice,” “The TBI Case” and “Opening Statements; Establishing the Rules in Trucking Cases.” Before returning to his Western roots and joining Dewsnup, King & Olsen, Mr. Worel was 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.
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