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Expert Advice from a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Israel

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Michael Soffer

I would like to recommend Attorney Yehuda Elcharar. He assisted both me and my company in a complex lawsuit. He handled negotiations that led to a favorable outcome much quicker than expected.

I am extremely pleased with choosing Attorney Elcharar. Many thanks also to the office team, Oz and Chaya, for their assistance throughout the entire process.

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Alexander P Gutterman

EU PASSPORT ! Big news! Thanks to Michael Decker and the other good people at the law office, as well as to the virtue of my ancestors, the cruelty of the Inquisition, reparations issued in the Iberian Peninsula, and etc, I am delighted to be on track for Portuguese and European Union Citizenship! A truly incredible development and one which brings me deep joy.

Dongdiet & Nellie

We are very happy with the services. Somehow they managed to translate the law lingo into language we actually understand 😉 and their outstanding YouTube videos helped us to have a better grasp of what process we had to go through. Their patience, clear explanation and experience are very valuable. It's also very nice to know that you will receive response promptly; it made us feel we can really trust their services. We recommend all those looking for immigration lawyers to get in touch.

Arielle Bosch

Incredibly knowledgeable, approachable, accessible, and evident across the board that they truly care about the people they are helping. They are quick to respond, engaged, and obviously top-notch lawyers. I couldn't recommend them highly enough. Thank you, Joshua and Itamar for your help with our Joint Life Application. You were a calming energy during a storm - always breathed a sigh of relief after speaking with you. It is so difficult to get straight answers from the Misrad Hapnim, but you guys are straight shooters. I appreciate your candor and evident integrity. Hope to work with you in the future, and will send everyone I know in need of legal aid your way. Thank you for your guidance and support.

Jacob Newberry

A really excellent firm. They knew exactly how to handle my situation effectively and efficiently, and we got the result I needed without much fuss. Adi Berger was a wonderful advocate for me and I am deeply grateful for her help!

Sergei m Vashkevich

We came to Mr. Joshua with so many questions (and most of all, with so many concerns and worries) …

When we explained our case to him, first of all, he calmed us down and helped us to see the big picture, which took away our fears;

Then he presented us with a detailed explanation and a few options to explore, and a timeline, how things work and necessary steps to undertake on our part,

We thank and highly recommend Mr. Joshua for showing us so much empathy, care and professionalism (!)

Amir Abt

The best lawyer firm I’ve had dealt with. I would like to thank Anat Levi and Ariel Galili from the Jerusalem branch for all of their efforts and patience, we could not have been Able to reach to where we are now without them

Israel iluz

We were very satisfied with the service of Nehama. She was very professional in all her dealings and kept us informed all the way.
We highly recommend this law firm. They proved to be reliable, efficient and pleasant to work with.


We had a pleasure of working with Irena Rosenberg who assisted in getting our two U.S. born children registered in Israel and supported visa process for my wife in 2021. During the pandemic, my wife and I decided to move to Israel where I am originally from after living in the U.S. for over 20 years, but we had no idea how to go about securing visas before and after arriving in Israel. Irena is knowledgeable, reliable and competent lawyer who always had answers to all our questions which made us feel confident that everything would be fine with her assistance. We are now happily living in Israel and are so grateful to have Irena who is a genuinely nice person as our lawyer.

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Oded Ger did an excellent job by reviewing a modeling contract I was offered. Explained the bad clauses in the contract, and their possible consequences. Thank you for your amazing job, your professionalism, your consultation and honesty. You showed me from your experience how it can be done differently. It was the best decision choosing you as my lawyer.
I highly recommend this firm, especially Oded Ger.

TarcisioePotira Freitas

I really recommend the law office's services. The service is very professional and efficient, the price is right. I am satisfied with the services I needed and happy to have known them.

Shurouq Hajyassin

We were very satisfied with the consultation we had.
You were very straightforward with us , You tried to help us in every way you could . we really appreciate that.
And of course the fast reply we got from you on our emails and the appointment you gave us .
You deserve more than 5 stars????

Andreas Kelling

We have been working with Decker, Pex & Co - Law Firm in Tel Aviv for many years very well. Because we appreciated their lawyers services, we recommended businesses and individuals again and again to go there as well.

Adi Katina

Great Team. With no doubt, this office is actually thee best-leading office in Israel. Simply put, if you want your case to win, just join them, hand in your documents, and celebrate the victory.

Kindest regards,
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Priscilla Moses

competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended

lynn vonne

Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.

Marce Ruth St. Rey

Party time in the heart, my beloved husband received his residence after so much time of battles and faith. Gratitude, God has blessed us with wonderful beings who have accompanied us, including a "precious angel" who touched our hearts, our excellent and fantastic lawyer: Maria Chernin Dekel, sweet and wonderful human being, who has guided us and stayed On our side. side in this intense legal transit whom we bless on every occasion. God bless you dear Maria, you have exceeded your professional duty by containing us and collaborating with us in hard times, very hard, for that we want to thank you publicly, you are unique!!!
We bless and thank the entire team at Decker Pex Tal Ofir Law Firm.

Josh W-S

The firm had a quick response to my last-minute needs, they were helpful in communicating with me in English, and they fulfilled my needs in a timely fashion.

Paul Prince

The team of lawyers and assistants are incredibly professional. Aiming to give their clients the advice possible regarding the normative and the law of Israel. With well trained and professional secretary at the front desk to the lawyers team, I could say that I had one of the most professional services possible. I'm super glad of choosing Joshua Pex of Law office for immigration solution, lawyers to advise in my case, to me, it is remarkable.

Sveta Vashkevich

We (myself and my husband) came to Mr. Joshua Pex – for his professional advice – and we received such human warmth and caring attitude, that our hearts melted …

His attention to our details and our situation peculiarities, combined with his professionalism and knowledge, helped us to map out what needs to be done on our part: we appreciate and recommend You, Mr. Joshua!

Lilian Granovsky

I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.

Dumitrascu Cristina

Best lawyer house from Israel! I couldn’t dealt with my situation without their professionalism and effectiveness. Their dedication to every legal aspect and their drive it’s how a true lawyer house can be!
Working in European market and international now, I couldn’t dare to let myself wide my wings on countries unknown to me. Definitely they’ll be the lawyers representing me, my business at every international aspect and on personal development.
When you hear Decker,Pex,Ofir &Co, you hear 10+ class services, luxurious professionals, confidentiality and exclusive attention to your needs.

Michelle Long

Josh has been helping me on and off for a few years now. I have needed legal advice and assistance with immigration due to a complex situation of mine, and he has been extremely available and responsive, honest and clear about my route and how to proceed. Very much recommended!

Genaan Abdelall

I cannot recommend Nechama enough! Her expertise, professionalism, and dedication to her clients is unparalleled. From the moment I reached out to her, she provided clear and concise communication, and helped me navigate through a complex legal issue with ease.

Throughout the entire process, Nechama went above and beyond to ensure that I was informed and comfortable with every decision. She demonstrated a deep knowledge of the law, and was able to offer sound advice that ultimately led to a positive outcome.

What sets Nechama apart is her compassionate and empathetic approach to her clients. She truly cares about the well-being of her clients, and it shows in the way she handles every case.

If you are in need of a lawyer, I highly recommend Nechama.

Joshua Pex was both an amazing human being and an inspiring human rights attorney. I reported directly to him for various activities I performed as in intern. I was impressed with his incredibly solid character. He is trustworthy, fair, and goes above and beyond to advocate for the vulnerable. He is completely trustworthy and high caliber in his work. His partners and employees are very blessed to work with him. I am honored to know them.

Heather Lebrun

Halvor Ronning

Courteous, clear, efficient service.

Yossi Montrose

Very knowledgeable and professional

Shaltiel Devorah

Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.

David De La Rosa

Very friendly, professional, and effective, highly recommended

Lauma Zariņa

This is definitely the best lawyer I know!!! very honest and super helpful he really helped me a lot dealing with immigration issues in Israel and it was very successful!
I highly recommend

Matthias Oppliger

I have been receiving services from this Law Firm for several years now and I want to say THANK YOU to the team, especially Joshua Pex. They are doing outstanding work. The services I have received for both our Israeli non profit association but also our social business have helped us solve many issues at hand and provided solutions in complicated situations. Personally, I am grateful for support in visa issues as a foreigner living now in Israel for many years.

Michael and Ariellah Waizman

For Advocate Joshua Pex.

We were in a devastating situation when my wife received an order from the immigration office to leave Israel within 30 days, without any explanation, after we have been married and in the process for six and a half years. We heard of Advocate Pex through a friend of a friend. We contacted Mr. Pex and he was ready to help us when he heard of our situation.

The service is amazing! Always ready to assist without regard to the time it takes. The advice Mr. Pex gave us was great, such as what to do, he gave useful links, and advice about which officials to contact. The price for the service was great!

The process until we received the extension for another year for my wife was not long (3 months). Things started moving once Mr. Pex came into the picture.

We highly recommend Advocate Joshua Pex! We achieved our goal and the fear of deportation has been lifted!

Prima Lorenzo

I admire the Austrian citizenship team in Tel-Aviv branch! They deserve more then 5 stars!! They are very friendly and professional. I've got Austrian citizenship in 4 months for all family members which consists of 12 people! The entire team is very friendly and responsive. They are always answering questions and support during the process. I recommend to everyone. Was 100% satisfied.

Gáspár Erőss

If you need to solve any complicated legal issue in Israel, don't hesitate to contact them. Otherwise you will loose hours/days/weeks with things that they can solve in minutes. They helped me to obtain my expert working visa in Israel and even after that they responded further questions and gave me advices related to administrative issues in Israel which saved me a lot of time. Irena Rosenberg and Michael Decker worked on my case, they are very professional and helpful. They will not let you down, feel free to contact them.

Kfir Cohen

We were searching for a law firm that will be honest with us and really work hard for a satisfying result, it wasn't an easy task
We found them online; they were the only law firm from all of our searchings which were completely honest and NOT gave us just what we wanted to hear
Using them guaranteed honesty above all. A legal team that is friendly and cares for a superb result
They really care about helping their customers without any other interest
Nadia gave us service behind what we expected; she was professional which lead to fast and easy process with great result
We definitely recommend using them

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I received a recommendation from friends about the firm, and indeed every word is correct, a service team, professional, welcoming, a fair price for the work I requested, I am satisfied

Esty A

I had a consultation with Batya and she was very helpful. She made sure I understood all the information I needed, and was patient with me in gathering documents I needed.

Eden Weiss

Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.


We were very pleased and content with the services of this law firm. They supported us 100% and solved our case successfully, we couldn't be happier.

Stuart Safft

I am delighted to report that my wife and I have just obtained our Israeli citizenship. We will be forever grateful for all of the help, guidance and support which Ariel Galili of Decker, Pex & Co. provided through this process.
I am a Jewish, 80-year-old American, and my wife is not Jewish. We had started the process on our own back in November 2020 via the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B’Nefesh, but soon became entangled in the delays and often-changing regulations due to Covid-19. The pandemic also caused delays in obtaining the required apostilles for various documents from various state agencies and the US State Department.
We found Decker, Pex & Co. On the internet and began working with Ariel in late November 2021. Ariel did a superb job of leading us through the process, helping us to understand which documents were essential, which would most likely be required, and which, though included on the list of required documents, were rarely required. He helped us several times to understand what was likely and unlikely to occur as “the next step.” Helping us manage our expectations was extremely useful to us.
Besides his knowing the laws, regulations and procedures, Ariel also made us feel that he was truly interested in helping us to successfully work through this process in as smooth, timely, and frustration-free manner as possible.
My wife and I strongly recommend anyone planning to go through this process seriously consider hiring Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. and, specifically, Ariel Galili.

Greg Olson

We highly recommend Adv. Mike Decker and have know him for many years. He has helped our family with many battles over the years. We recently received our permanent residency after 23 years in Israel. We so much appreciate Mike’s representation of us.

Наталья Мажуга

Great lawyers Joshua Pex and Nechama and Michael Deker who really want to help you and I have very trustful relationships with them. All my cases they took they won. Thank you and let’s keep working together

Morgan Jones

The team at Decker, Pex & Co have been awesome to work with in helping our US company establish banking in Israel and in providing counsel for legal needs in Israel. I highly recommend!

The following article will provide you with insight from a medical malpractice lawyer in Israel regarding filing a medical negligence claim. If after reading this article, you still have additional questions about suing in Israel, or if you need legal representation from a civil attorney, please contact our law firm (03-3724722, [email protected]). We have offices both in Jerusalem and in Tel-Aviv.

Israel has a well-earned reputation for high-quality health care and for excellent medical professionals. Unfortunately, even in Israel, doctors and other health care providers make negligent medical errors sometimes. If you have suffered bodily damage and financial losses because of the medically negligent actions of your doctor, then it is your right to receive adequate compensation. It is important to use the services of a qualified medical malpractice lawyer in order to successfully litigate a medical negligence case in Israel and to ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation that you deserve.

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The definition of medical malpractice in Israel

The term for medical malpractice in Israel is rashlanut refuit – literally: “medical negligence”. Medical negligence is considered a type of civil wrong and is therefore addressed by tort law (dinei nezikin in Hebrew). Specifically, medical malpractice is a subcategory of the civil wrong called negligence. Victims of negligence and medical malpractice have the legal recourse of filing a civil lawsuit and claiming financial compensation from those who caused them harm. 

Professional negligence is legally defined in Israel by the Civil Wrongs Ordinance. In it, professional negligence is described as a failure to demonstrate the degree of caution and skill that would be expected of a reasonably prudent and qualified professional. If this lack of care and caution causes damage or losses to a person, then it is considered a civil wrong and the harmed individual has a right to full compensation.

Experienced medical negligence lawyers in Israel are able to assess whether a medical malpractice claim has a reasonable chance of success. They also have detailed knowledge of the relevant laws and legal precedents that define under what conditions an action is considered negligence. The expertise of a medical malpractice lawyer is essential in order to prove your case and receive fair compensation for your losses.

Breach of duty

Judicial precedents in Israel have established a clear duty of care that health professionals have towards their patients. Note that the legal term “duty of care” does not refer to a contractual duty but rather to the implicit responsibility medical providers have towards their patients. Note that not every medical error is considered a breach of duty or an act of negligence. According to Israeli law, a breach of duty occurs only if the health care provider failed to act with the level of caution expected of a reasonable and qualified professional. If they acted professionally and took reasonable precautions, then it is not considered a wrongful act or a breach of duty, even if they made an inadvertent error.

However, if their actions deviated from the desirable behavior of a reasonable professional, it is considered a breach of duty. Additionally, for this breach of duty to constitute medical negligence it needs to be proven that their behavior resulted in harm to the claimant. Medical negligence can occur at any stage of receiving medical care. This includes the failure to diagnose a condition, negligence during a surgical operation, inadequate care at the rehabilitation stage, and more.

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Who can sue for medical malpractice in Israel?

If a doctor or any other medical professional acts negligently and this results in a patient suffering bodily harm or death, then a civil lawsuit can and should be filed. The claim can be filed by the harmed individual or, in the case of minors, by their parents. In cases where medical negligence results in the patient’s death, a lawsuit can be filed by the deceased person’s heirs or dependents. Moreover, one does not have to be an Israeli resident in order to file a civil lawsuit in Israel. If a tourist or expatriate receives medical treatment in Israel and suffers from medical malpractice, they are entitled to exactly the same legal rights and compensation as an Israeli citizen.

Note that the medical negligence lawsuit can be filed against any health professional from whom you received negligent care – physicians, anesthesiologists, physiotherapists, psychologists, optometrists, nurses, pharmacists, etc. You should also sue the hospital or medical institution in which you received the negligent care. The hospital has both a direct duty of care towards its patients and vicarious liability as to the employer of the negligent health care provider.

Statute of limitations for suing in Israel

The Israeli Law of Prescription (1958) subjects all civil lawsuits to a prescriptive period (also known as a statute of limitations). This law limits the period in which a person may file a civil lawsuit such as a medical malpractice claim to no more than 7 years after the wrongful act. Because of these time limits, you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer in Israel as soon as you become aware that you have been harmed because of negligence. 

In the case of minors who suffer medical malpractice, the prescriptive period is longer. In cases in which the minor’s parents did not file a lawsuit, the patient can do so on their own as soon as they become an adult. The prescriptive period in such cases is up to 7 years after the claimant turned 18. In other words, claimants under the age of 25 can file a medical negligence claim even if the negligence occurred in their childhood. For instance, if a person has suffered from cerebral palsy since infancy and it is demonstrable that the cause of their condition is medical negligence during their birth, they can still file a medical malpractice lawsuit in their early twenties, despite the usual seven-year prescription period.

Compiling the Medical Documents

Before filing a lawsuit, medical negligence solicitors in Israel will first compile all the relevant medical documentation and records. This is essential in order to assess whether a lawsuit is the best course of action and in order to prove to the courts that the defendant is in fact guilty of medical negligence. Medical institutions are required by law to keep meticulous documentation of the care they provide. Additionally, all patients in Israel have the right to receive all the medical reports about the care they have received. Note, however, that after a set number of years the hospital is no longer required to keep a copy of the medical reports. This is another reason it is important to act without delay when filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in Israel. 

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Consulting medical experts

Next, your medical malpractice lawyer will seek the opinion of an expert regarding the negligence claim. In Israel, the expert testimony of a medical specialist must be attached to any medical malpractice claim. The expert opinion must substantiate that negligence did in fact occur and was a source of harm to the claimant. It should also quantify the extent of the damage caused by the negligence so that the amount of compensation can be calculated. Your claim for compensation should take into account your physical harm, your pain and suffering, and your financial losses due to loss of earning capacity and redundant medical expenses. 

The cost of suing over medical malpractice in Israel

Note that paying for an expert medical opinion is often the most expensive part of filing a negligence claim. The expert’s fees can sometimes amount to thousands of shekels. However, successful claims usually result in far greater compensatory damages, sometimes even millions of shekels, depending on the case. Also, note that your lawyer’s fees are usually a fixed percentage of the compensatory damages. In other words, if your medical malpractice lawyer fails to secure compensation for your losses, you will not owe them any payment.  

Additional articles on negligence claims in Israel

We hope you found this article, “Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim – Expert Advice from personal injury lawyers in Israel”, to be informative and useful. If so, you may find other articles of interest on our website concerning negligence and tort law in Israel such as: Filing a Negligence Lawsuit in Israel, Advice from a Civil Tort Attorney, and Advice from a Negligence Lawyer in Israel

If you have any additional questions or if you require legal help from a medical malpractice lawyer, please contact us. We have law offices both in Jerusalem and in Tel-Aviv and have extensive experience in representing the interests of private citizens vis-a-vis large institutions and government agencies. We would love to help you receive the compensation that is rightfully yours. 

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