The criteria of competence of the trial lawyer handling a medical malpractice case is, does he have at least as much if not more knowledge of the practice and procedure involved in the case than the defendant physician. In no place is this more true than in the field of anesthesiology. This is not, of course, to suggest that the attorney can compete with the physician in practical experience. But, it is to propose that many valid anesthesia malpractice cases result in nonsuits and that plaintiff's verdicts which are overturned on appeal are almost invariably lost due to insufficient evidence, which is primarily due to ineptness and the lack of thorough preparation by the attorney.
Albert Averbach, How to Handle an Anesthesia Injury Case, 15 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 399 (1966)