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Awards

We've Won Over $750 Million Dollars for Our Clients

  • $21,000,000 Auto/Truck Accident
    Largest California non-punitive verdict for single individual, including interest and costs, Zivic v. Winterland 2001. Involved auto/truck accident with claimed brake failure defense. We recently tried an interesting case in San Francisco County Superior Court. We represented a 56-year-old woman who was injured when her car was struck from behind by a Mack truck at the Fourth Street off-ramp off Highway 280. She was waiting at a stop light when the truck hit the car behind her and then pushed her car into the car in front of her. The driver of the truck claimed that his brakes failed at the last minute. At the scene of the accident she did not seem to be seriously injured; nevertheless, she was taken to the hospital where they discovered she was bleeding into her brain. She was admitted to the hospital for an emergency craniotomy to evacuate a large subdural hematoma. She was in a coma for three days and woke to a partial paralysis. Several months later she had recovered her motor abilities, but had residual cognitive deficits including memory, concentration and the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. She attempted to return to work eight months after the accident as an executive search recruiter, however she was unable to perform the demanding aspects of her job. The defense contended that she was obviously bright, articulate and therefore should be able to work. They also contended that the brake failure could not have been anticipated. We convinced the jury that she was not able to return to her previous employment and there was not a brake failure. The defendant offered $3,500,000 in settlement, which was rejected. The jury awarded $19,631,000. The judgment was entered for this amount plus past interest and costs for a total of $21,000,000. Our investigation indicates that this may be the largest net compensatory (non punitive) award of its type for an individual in California state history.
  • $11,000,000 Neonatal Injury

    Settlement for Neonatal blindness injuries to premature triplets after failure to diagnose condition in a timely manner.

    This case involved neonatal blindness injuries to premature triplets from retinopathy of prematurity. One child was almost completely blind; one child was almost completely blind in one eye and had partial loss of vision in the other eye; and the third child had some functional diminution of vision, primarily in one eye. Retinopathy of prematurity (what used to be called rebrolentna fibroplasia can be treated if timely diagnosed. It is a common problem in premature infants. We contended that the hospital, neonatologist, and pediatricians failed to properly follow up and screen these children and failed to diagnose the condition in a timely manner. The defendants contended that the mother had been properly warned about the condition and failed to obtain an eye exam in a timely fashion after the triplets were discharged from the hospital. This confidential settlement is believed to be the largest of its type in the history of the state of occurrence.

  • $10,680,000 Birth Injury

    This California birth injury settlement is a state record.

    The defendants failed to monitor this fetus during critical times before the birth and when they did resume monitoring the child was in distress. The baby suffered profound cerebral palsy and will require 24 hour care for the remainder of its life. The value of the confidential settlement is based on the cost of an annuity to fund the settlement amount plus the cash agreed upon.

  • $10,000,000 Birth Injury

    Record settlement for an obstetrical case.

    Our birth injury specialist recently settled a case for $10,000,000 for birth injuries to a child now 3 years of age. The 17 year old mother had a normal pre-natal course, was admitted to the hospital for a trial of labor with normal fetal heart tones on the monitor strip. Rupture of membranes later revealed clear fluid and thereafter, a pattern of variable and late decelerations developed with retained variability. In the early morning hours, the late and variable decelerations continued with diminished variability. The baseline became tachycardic with diminished variability with persistent significant mixed late and variable decelerations with slow recovery. This continued for approximately four hours to the birth. The mother developed a fever or 38.5 after the epidural was given. The baby demonstrated a similar after birth with a pH of 6.98 with a base deficit of 15.4.

    The defendants contend that there was not sufficient loss of variability to justify intervention. They contended that the cord gas did not evidence significant metabolic acidosis and the child course after birth was more consistent with intrauterine infection, bacterial infection than interpartem hypoxia. Plaintiffs contended that there was clear evidence of non-reassuring fetal heart tones suggestive of metabolic acidosis which required earlier intervention. Plaintiffs contended that the baby’s presentation after birth was classic for interpartum asphyxia and met most of ACOG’s guidelines for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy from interpartum events. The child is a spastic quadriplegic, tube fed with global delays, including severe cognitive deficits. Defense contented life-expectancy was limited. Plaintiffs contended life expectancy was near normal. This is believed to be a record settlement for an obstetrical case. This confidential settlement is considered to be a record settlement or verdict in the state where it was obtained.

  • $9,960,000 Medical Malpractice

    This case against UCSF Medical Center was the largest medical malpractice settlement in California history at the time.

    Our wrongful death attorneys in San Francisco settled a case involving the death of an athletic 38-year-old executive, who stopped at a UCSF clinic at the airport complaining of chest "tightness," which was relieved by Advil. The EKG was normal; there were no cardiac risk factors. The doctor diagnosed chest muscle strain and allowed the decedent to fly on to Colorado and then Mexico where he died 7 days after the clinic visit. Unfortunately, his tissue was severely decomposed when it was returned to the United States. There was no evidence of infarction, but there was an 85% sclerotic lesion in the right coronary artery and congenital narrowing of the left coronary artery. We contended that the decedent died of cardiac ischemia. Defendants argued that the decedent appeared healthy and in no distress and therefore the clinic symptoms were not cardiac and his death was probably from some other cause. Our wrongful death attorneys believe that this was the largest pre-judgment medical malpractice settlement in California history as of 2002.

  • $8,900,000 Labor and Delivery Injury

    Record trial judgment for improper use of vacuum extraction and failure to timely deliver baby.

    Our birth injury lawyers tried a case against the United States government in the Federal District Court of Hawaii. It was our contention that this child had been injured at birth because of improper management of the labor process. The defendants requested the case be divided into two trials, one on the issue of the statute of limitations, and the other on the remaining medical issues. We tried both issues in trials six months apart and won both trials. The judgment was for $8.9 million. Our birth injury lawyers were told at the time that this was the highest Ninth Circuit award for an individual in a medical malpractice case.

  • $8,000,000 Brain Injury

    Record settlement for 16-year-old who went into a coma during knee surgery (Oklahoma).

    We represented a 16-year-old teenager who was brain injured as result of poor anesthetic technique during a knee operation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This case was complicated by limited insurance coverage on the part of the primarily culpable party and the need to establish liability against several other defendants in order to have adequate insurance coverage. The case was hotly contested in a jurisdiction known to be extremely conservative. The highest judgment or settlement in Oklahoma state history prior to this case was $2.2 million. We settled this case just before trial on a structured basis with $2.5 million in cash and $120,000 per year increasing at 6% for life with an additional $120,000 increasing at 6% for life to start in ten years and third $120,000 per year to increase at 6% to start in twenty years. The annuities were all guaranteed for twenty years. There were also additional annuities for the parents. The present case value of this settlement was approximately $8 million.

  • $8,000,000 Medical Malpractice

    Medical Malpractice in this mid-America state

    Settlement for anesthetic-caused brain injury to 16 year old was the largest verdict or settlement for a medical malpractice case in the state.

  • $8,000,000 Medical Malpractice

    Medical Malpractice in this mid-America state

    Settlement for anesthetic-caused brain injury to 16 year old was the largest verdict or settlement for a medical malpractice case in the state.

  • $8,000,000 Medical Malpractice

    58 year old woman suffered a brain hemorrhage from a cerebral aneurysm

    We contended the radiologists had missed the aneurysm on a scan done two years earlier when it could have easily have been treated. [$4,000,000] We contended that the neuroradiologist who treated the later leaking aneurysm was inadequately trained and used improper technique resulting in perforation of the aneurysm and a major bleed causing a serious brain injury.

San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyers

Record-Setting Attorneys On Your Side

When you've been injured in an accident, where can you turn? At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, our passion is pursuing justice for injury victims. Over the years, our commitment to excellence and passion for our clients has been recognized in the Bay Area and nationwide.

After you or a loved one has been injured by another's negligence, you need an attorney who has been recognized for excellence, and that is exactly what the San Francisco personal injury attorneys at our firm have achieved. The cases we handle often involve traumatic, life-altering events like the death of a loved one, and we have worked tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they need to have a financially stable future.

Our attorney’s efforts have helped secure more than $750 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and have earned our firm national recognition for our work in areas like birth injury law. Whether your life was changed by a terrible accident or the negligence of a medical professional, you can trust us to handle your case with the skill and commitment required in your time of need. Each case we handle is important, and deserves the best representation.

What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart?

  • Over $750 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Record-Setting Birth Injury Verdicts in Four States
  • We have received the Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award of Merit"
  • We have been included in the list of "Best Lawyers in America" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®
  • Attorney James Bostwick is a certified specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability
  • We are members of the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is the nation’s top 100 plaintiff lawyers

Justice for Victims

of Medical Negligence

Have you been injured by the negligence of a medical professional? Although "to err is human", doctors and medical providers are responsible to follow a number of safety procedures and a standard of care to protect their patients and avoid serious errors. If these professionals do make an error, which results in birth injuries, medication errors, misdiagnosis or even a complete failure to diagnose, it can be classified as negligence, warranting legal action.

These are costly errors that can cause serious complications in the life of the victim, and if you or a loved one has suffered in this way, you should not hesitate to retain the representation of a Bay Area attorney that is well versed in medical malpractice claims and prepared to fight aggressively on your behalf.

  • Insurance companies will not give you what you are entitled to if you don’t have an attorney fighting for it on your behalf.

  • Hospitals and doctors are extremely protected by specialists and experts whose sole focus is to fend off lawsuits.

  • We have access to expert witnesses who can strengthen your case and increase your chances of success.

  • Being backed by an experienced medical malpractice law firm like ours forces hospitals to take your claim seriously.

At Bostwick & Peterson, we are familiar with the best ways to handle these complex cases, and our knowledge of the law enables us to adamantly protect your rights and interests. By choosing to work with our talented team, you can be confident that we will fight tirelessly to provide you with a voice.

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Record-Setting

Birth Injury Verdicts

Birth injuries happen for any number of reasons, but when they do it can cause catastrophic harm to your family. At Bostwick & Peterson, we have won record-setting verdicts for birth injury victims in four different states. Being at the start of birth injury litigation we have unique insight in the development of a birth injury legal case and can put out knowledge to work for you.

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