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  • AV Preeminent

    Indicates the highest level of professional legal ability and ethics.

  • Inner Circle

    James Bostwick is a member of the invitation-only group of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates

    Exclusively for attorneys that have recovered millions of dollars in recoveries for clients. Fewer than 1% of lawyers in the nation are members.

  • Best Lawyers

    Attorney James Bostwick has been selected to the list of the Best Lawyers in America since 1983.

  • The National Trial Lawyers

    James Bostwick & Erik Peterson have been voted to the list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

  • Best Law Firms

    The firm has received the prestigious "Best law Firms" rating in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates

    An invitation-only group of top trial lawyers in the nation.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Attorney James Bostwick is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization comprised of the most accomplished trial lawyers from across the globe.

  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

    Attorney James Bostwick is a certified Medical Plaintiff with the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.

Awards

We've Won Over $1 Billion Dollars for Our Clients

  • $21,000,000 Auto/Truck Accident

    Largest California non-punitive verdict for a single individual (San Francisco County, Zivic v. Winterland).

    We represented a 56-year-old woman who was injured when her car was struck by a truck. The driver of the truck claimed that his brakes failed at the last minute. She was admitted to the hospital and several months later she had recovered except for some residual cognitive deficits including memory, concentration, and the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. She was very intelligent but claimed to be unable to perform certain demanding aspects of her job. The defense contended she should be able to work and that the brake failure could not have been anticipated. The defendant offered $6,000,000 in settlement before trial, 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 this was the largest net compensatory (non-punitive) award of its type for an individual in California state history as of 2000.

  • $17,000,000 Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Sepsis, Pharmacy Error

    Settlement for a brain-injured baby.

    This is believed to be the largest medical malpractice recovery, either by settlement or jury verdict, for a medical malpractice case in California history. In this case, our client developed a routine infection during pregnancy that wasn't treated by her health care providers. The infection worsened and she became septic. She was hospitalized and nearly died. She recovered; however, her baby sustained a severe brain injury from the mother's infection and requires 24/7 attendant care for life.

  • $14,000,000 Brain Injury, Neonatal Injury, Surgical Injury

    Surgery error on a 3-day old child resulted in brain injuries.

    This case involved a 3-day old child with a medical condition that the defendant decided needed surgery. Laparoscopic surgery was performed at a major California university hospital. The needle that was used to insufflate the child’s abdomen was placed in the umbilical vein and the gas went straight to the child’s heart and then the brain, causing a serious brain injury. The case settled for $14 million, the largest medical malpractice settlement in California at the time (2018).

  • $11,400,000 Brain Injury, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy

    Birth injury resulted in Cerebral Palsy.

    The defendants failed to monitor a fetus during critical times before the birth and when they did resume monitoring the child was found to be in distress. The baby suffered a profound brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy and will require 24-hour care for the remainder of its life. The value of the confidential settlement is based on its present value - the cost of an annuity to fund the settlement amount plus the cash agreed upon. This was the largest birth injury settlement in California as of 2010.

  • $11,000,000 Neonatal Injury, Failure to Diagnose

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

    This case involved neonatal blindness injuries to premature triplets from retinopathy of prematurity. Retinopathy of prematurity can be treated if timely diagnosed and is a common problem in premature infants. We contended that the hospital, neonatologist, and pediatricians failed to diagnose the condition in a timely manner. The defendants contended that the mother failed to obtain an eye exam in a timely fashion after the triplets were discharged from the hospital. This 2000 confidential settlement was the largest of its type in the history of Hawaii.

  • $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 a birth injury case.

    Our birth injury specialists settled a case for $10,000,000 for birth injuries to a child. We contended the attending doctors failed to promptly deliver the child when fetal monitoring showed potential problems. The child is a spastic quadriplegic, tube fed with global delays, including severe cognitive deficits. The defense contended life-expectancy was limited. Plaintiffs contended life expectancy would be lengthy. This was a record settlement for an obstetrical case 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 in 2002.

    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". The EKG was normal; there were no cardiac risk factors. The doctor diagnosed chest muscle strain and allowed the decedent to fly to Colorado and then Mexico where he died 7 days after the clinic visit. Defendants argued that the decedent appeared healthy and in no distress and therefore the clinic symptoms were not cardiac.

  • $9,750,000 Sepsis Injury, Emergency Room, Intensive Care Case, Amputation Case

    Failure to treat sepsis and excessive medication led to the loss of limbs.

    This case involved a 25-year old woman who developed MRSA pneumonia and then became septic. The defendants failed to diagnose and treat her sepsis promptly. When they did treat the sepsis, an excessive administration of medication intended to improve blood pressure caused her to lose both her hands below the forearm and both legs below the knees. The case settled in 2018 for $9,750,000 - this was the highest settlement for amputation in California history.

  • $9,700,000 Sepsis Injury, Amputation Case

    Record settlement for amputation of multiple limbs.

    We resolved a case involving a jail inmate who had a skin infection and was not promptly sent for emergency care by the corrections facility personnel. He developed septic shock and suffered multiple amputations of hands and feet. This was a record amputation result in the state where it was obtained.

San Francisco Personal Injury Lawyers

Record-Setting Attorneys in California 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 San Francisco Bay Area, throughout California 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 truck accidents and 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 $1 billion 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.

We work on contingency fees. No recovery means no fee. If your personal injury case isn’t concluded successfully, we don’t charge fees for our time or legal services.

What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart?

  • Over $1 Billion Recovered for Our Clients
  • Record-Setting Verdicts & Settlements in Four States, including Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice and Truck Accidents
  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Get Answers to Your Questions About Personal Injury Law

If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else's negligence, you may be able to file a claim with their insurance company or a personal injury lawsuit against the person or company responsible. Oftentimes, a serious injury will lead to high medical bills and lost work. This can place a major strain on a family's financial resources. If you have found yourself in this position, you may have a number of questions that you need answered. Our San Francisco personal injury attorneys have put together of list of frequently asked questions in the hopes of providing you with some clarity. If any of your inquiries go unanswered, please do not hesitate to contact our office for a personalized consultation. 

  • Why should I hire a personal injury attorney?

    Simply put, a talented personal injury attorney will increase the amount and certainty of the monetary compensation you receive for your injuries. While insurance companies will probably cover some of the costs associated with treating the injuries you sustained, their coverage usually does not extend beyond the initial costs. Some injuries can leave you with a lifetime of pain and discomfort. You should be compensated for these hardships. With the help of a dedicated attorney, you can seek retribution for all the hardships you will now have to endure as a result of your injuries. Do not sit back and let the insurance companies dictate the terms of your future life; they will always come up short.

  • What is the difference between a claim and a lawsuit?

    Typically, a claim is filed with an insurance company in an attempt to obtain a reasonable settlement for the injuries and losses sustained by an accident victim. A personal injury lawsuit is a legal action filed before the court that seeks compensation from the individual, corporation, government agency, or insurance company for the victim's injuries and damages. Discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer to determine the best option for your situation.

  • Is it important to establish negligence?

    Yes, negligence is one of the most important aspects of any personal injury case. In fact, it is what your entire claim will be based on. Negligence is any conduct that fails to provide reasonable care to protect an individual from harm. In the legal field, negligence has four aspects. First, the individual accused of negligence must have owed the injured individual a duty of care. Second, they must have violated that duty. Third, that breach must have caused the injury. Finally, the damage from the injury must be provable. If all four elements are met, an individual may be accused of negligence.

  • Should I try to reach a settlement?

    When you try to reach a settlement for your personal injury case, you are essentially making an agreement before going to trial. This is done when one party, either the defendant or the insurance company, offers a certain monetary payment in the hopes of avoiding going to court. Reaching a settlement can be beneficial in some situations. However, you must be wary of individuals and insurance companies that are trying to cheat you out of the full amount that is due to you. If you are not sure if the settlement that is offered to you is appropriate, you should hire an attorney. A legal professional will be able to help you determine whether or not you would receive full coverage by accepting their offer.

  • What are the different types of damages I can recover?

    In a personal injury claim, the two most common forms of damages are compensatory and punitive damages. Naturally, the type of damages you can receive will depend entirely on the situation and the type of accident you were injured in. Compensatory or actual damages are, as the name indicates, a payment made to compensate for the loss or damage that was suffered. If, for example, you were injured in a car accident and had to pay for a hospital stay and physical therapy as a result, you can be compensated for those payments. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are made in response to a criminal act, such as malicious intent. It is a punishment or deterrence to try to keep the individual or others from repeating the act. This payment will be made in addition to the compensatory damages.

  • Can I handle my personal injury claim on my own?

    While the state of California does not require you to have an attorney in order to pursue compensation, having a knowledgeable lawyer at your side can have a significant impact on the amount of compensation you ultimately receive. Statistically, an individual is half as likely to recover the compensation he or she is due without the assistance of an attorney. Many insurance companies will attempt to take advantage of those attempting to handle their case on their own. They may use tactics against you to lower the amount of your claim, deny your claim, or delay your compensation until you are truly desperate. Having legal counsel on your side gives you a significant advantage. Although it may be difficult to think about financial matters at this time, it is important to understand that a skilled lawyer can handle your legal matters so that you can worry about more important matters, such as your health and recovery.

  • What happens if my case is not successful?

    There is no charge for our time or legal services unless your personal injury case is concluded successfully. At Bostwick & Peterson, we are dedicated to our clients and will do everything in our power to help ensure you receive a successful verdict or settlement at the end of your case. While every case has its unique challenges, our personal injury lawyers in San Francisco are confident that they have the skill and know-how to secure the compensation your injuries demand.  When you work with our firm, you stand to lose nothing should our handling of your case not be successful.

  • Why should I choose your firm?

    Our firm is nationally recognized as one of the best personal injury law firms in the country. At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, we have over 80 years of combined experience and have won over $1 billion in compensation for our clients. Our firm was awarded the Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award of Merit" for winning the largest verdict of its type in the state of California. We also held a number of other state and national records for verdicts and settlements. Unlike many law firms, we have a proven record of success. We are proud that we have the ability to help our clients.

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 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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    When you work with Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, you can expect to receive knowledgeable counsel with access to the top expert resources, diligent preparation, and passionate advocacy. We take the time to get to know you, and will tirelessly pursue justice on your behalf.

  • James Bostwick Featured on Walter Cronkite's 6 O'Clock News in 1978 for the Highest Jury Verdict
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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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