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Christian R. Jagusch

Medical Negligence Counsel


Christian R. Jagusch, MD, JD, joined the legal team at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger after a distinguished medical career as an Emergency Medicine Specialist.

Over the last four years, Christian has worked to obtained over $65 million in settlements and judgments for our clients.

He began his academic journey at Creighton University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry summa cum laude and continued his academic success at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his postgraduate training at the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Upon completion, he earned the Resident of the Year Award, the highest honor given to a member of the graduating residency class. Thereafter, he practiced in the field of Emergency Medicine for more than 10 years and remains a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Specialist. He was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2011 and as a Fellow in the American College of Legal Medicine in 2016.

Michael Kelly and Christian Jagusch changed my family's life forever.

Michael Kelly and Christian Jagusch changed my family's life forever. After a tragic incident involving my child, my wife and I called numerous lawyers only to be told that we did not have a chance to win. Feeling defeated, I called this firm as a last attempt and they immediately scheduled a meeting with my family and accepted our case. The settlement won gave my wife and I the piece of mind that my child will be taken care of forever. If you need a personal injury attorney or have been involved in any accident I strongly recommend that you consult with them first. I know the feeling of wanting to stop calling lawyers but please don't give up and give them a call!

Client

I highly recommend the Walkup firm and, in particular, attorney Christian Jagusch.

I did my homework and learned that the Walkup firm is widely regarded as the preeminent medical malpractice law firm in Northern California (and probably beyond). This was a complex matter, the kind that a lot of medical malpractice law firms would probably not touch because there would be no easy win and payoff. The case was handled by attorney Christian Jagusch, who was great. Mr. Jagusch (who is a physician in addition to being an attorney) worked up the case with great competence, diligence and enthusiasm, and was excellent about keeping me informed about what was going on. I highly recommend the Walkup firm and, in particular, attorney Christian Jagusch.

Client

In 2020, Dr. Jagusch joined the faculty of Creighton University School of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. He is currently developing a medical-legal externship for fourth-year medical students to study medical jurisprudence, bioethics, and medical malpractice.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Jagusch rejoined the frontlines to care for patients through a telemedicine platform. He has tr eated numerous patients helping to offload the health care system so providers can focus on caring for the influx of COVID-19 patients. As part of his long-time career goal, Christian attended law school to continue his commitment to patient advocacy. He graduated magna cum laude in May 2015 from the University of California Hastings College of the Law where he ranked in the top 5% of the graduating class and was admitted into the Thurston Honor Society. While in law school, he received multiple awards for academic excellence and began developing his advocacy skills by competing on the prestigious Hastings Intercollegiate Trial Team where he won awards in four national trial competitions.

While at Hastings, he was elected to the Board of the local chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. During his final year of law school, Dr. Jagusch served as a legal intern and medical consultant to the California State Assembly Business and Professions Committee, playing a role in public policy formation while gaining valuable insight into the legislative process.

Christian is deeply committed to community service. In addition to guest lecturing at Hastings, he volunteers to judge local law school trial competitions and assists the Hastings Intercollegiate Trial Team. He is an active member of local legal societies where he frequently lectures in the area of medical malpractice. He has worked as a volunteer with the California High School Speech Association. He also has served as the volunteer Medical Director for the Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walks, the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walks, and the American Red Cross First Aid Station Program in Northern California.

Since joining the Walkup firm, Christian has worked on a wide variety of case types, including the firm’s general personal injury and defective drugs and devices cases. With his unique background, his focus and expertise is in the prosecution of complex medical malpractice cases. He has handled dozens of cases against Kaiser Permanente in Northern and Southern California and has extensive experience with their arbitration system.

Noteworthy Verdicts and Settlements

  • Baby v. Medical System – Birth Injury during Vacuum Extraction – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $9.95 million
  • Baby v. Medical System – Failure to Diagnose Brain Infection – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $6.0 million
  • Family v. Emergency Department – Missed Aortic Dissection – Wrongful Death Settlement – $5.5 million
  • Baby v. Medical System – Failure to Treat Low Blood Sugar Resulting in Brain Injury – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $5.5 million
  • Patient v. Medical System – Missed Brain Aneurysm – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $5.0 million
  • Patient v. Surgeon – Surgical Error – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $4.0 million
  • Patient v. Major Medical Center – Failure to Treat a Subdural Hematoma – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $3.4 million
  • Patient v. Medical System – Failure to Diagnose Prostate Cancer – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $2.4 million
  • Family v. Medical System – Failure to Diagnosis Heart Disease – Wrongful Death – $1.93 million
  • Child v. Kaiser Permanente – Brachial Plexus Injury during a Shoulder Dystocia – Medical Malpractice Arbitration Award – $1.6 million
  • Patient v. Major Medical Center – Brain Injury during Surgery – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $1.6 million
  • Patient v. Medical System – Failure to Treat Brain Hemorrhage – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $1.5 million
  • Family v. Medical System – Failure to Diagnose Blood Clot – Wrongful Death Settlement – $1.49 million
  • Patient v. Hospitalist – Missed Spinal Cord Hematoma Causing Paralysis – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $1.1 million
  • Family v. Medical System – Surgical Error – Wrongful Death – $1.0 million
  • Family v. Emergency Department – Failure to Manage the Airway – Wrongful Death – $1.0 million
  • Patient v. Major Medical Center – Failure to Inform Patient about Cancer – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $900,000
  • Family v. Medical System – Failure to Proper Manage Labor and Delivery – Wrongful Death Settlement – $850,000
  • Family v. Medical System – Failure to Recognize Sepsis after Surgery – Wrongful Death Settlement – $800,000
  • Family v. Medical System – Failure to Management Respiratory Distress – Wrongful Death Settlement – $750,000
  • Patient v. Medical System – Failure to Manage Complications of C-Section – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $725,000
  • Family v. Emergency Department – Failure to Diagnosis Diabetic Emergency – Wrongful Death Settlement – $722,500
  • Family v. Kaiser Permanente – Failure to Diagnosis a Bowel Obstruction – Wrongful Death Arbitration Award – $714,000
  • Patient v. Medical System – Failure to Treat Blood Clot Leading to Leg Amputation – Medical Malpractice Settlement – $650,000
  • Pedestrian v. City of San Luis Obispo – Auto vs. Pedestrian Collision – Dangerous Conditions Settlement – $600,000 and installation of flashing warning beacons

Community Involvement

From the founding of our firm in the 1960s up through the present, Walkup team members have consistently contributed to the welfare and improvement of the people and communities of the Bay Area and Northern California.

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Areas of Practice

    • Medical Malpractice
    • Kaiser Permanente Arbitrations
    • Wrongful Death
    • Catastrophic Injury
    • Birth Injury
    • Personal Injury
    • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
    • Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices
    • Brachial Plexus Injuries

Bar Admissions

    • California
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California

Education

    • University of California Hastings College of the Law
      • J.D. – 2015
      • Honors – Magna Cum Laude (Top 5% of the Class)
      • Honors – Thurston Honor Society
    • Creighton University School of Medicine
      • M.D. – 1997
      • Honors – Numerous Clinical Awards for Excellence
    • Creighton University
      • B.S. Chem. – 1993
      • Honors – Summa Cum Laude

Honors and Awards

    • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch – Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs – 2022

Professional Associations and Memberships

    • American Association of Justice, Member
    • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member & Speaker
    • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
    • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
    • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Member & Speaker
    • American College of Legal Medicine, Member