Case Results

With over $500 million dollars recovered on behalf of our clients, our attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP. are prepared to assist you in recovering what you have lost. We have been ranked as one of the premier law firms in California and conveniently serve clients across California, including: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, & the Inland Empire.

Check out our past case results to review our history of success in multiple kinds of personal injury cases. Our dedicated team of attorneys are prepared to guide you through the entire personal injury legal process, contact us today.

  • $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.

  • $8,000,000
    Neonatal Injury

    Neonatal brain injury

    This confidential resolution involved a neonatal brain injury to a child born normally. The baby developed respiratory problems and the nurse failed to respond promptly to the deteriorating status. When finally treated the respiratory therapist blew out the lungs causing the lung to collapse. The doctors failed to diagnose this promptly and then failed to reinflate the lung adequately. The child suffered major cerebral palsy and requires 24 hour care.

  • $8,000,000
    Neonatal/Birth Injury

    Record settlement for a neonatal/birth injury—baby suffered severe spastic quadraparesis and relatively retained cognitive ability.

    Our birth injury and neonatal attorneys settled this case for a record amount. This child was born normally. In the first 24 hours, she was found not breathing by a nurse and a code was called for resuscitation. During the resuscitation process, the child was ventilated and the ventilator equipment was later changed. The equipment change involved an improper ventilator tube with no exhaust valve. The child was blown up like a balloon and both lungs were ruptured. The child was immediately diagnosed with bilateral ruptured lungs. The lungs were re-inflated and the child resuscitated again. The baby ended up with severe spastic quadraparesis and relatively retained cognitive ability. We contended the initial nurse missed the symptoms of the child's impending apnea and failed to respond promptly to the child's lack of breathing. We also contended that the respiratory therapist should not have placed a ventilator tube that had no exhaust valve. The defendants admitted the tube was improper but contended that damage was done in the first apnic episode while the baby was in the mother's hands and before the nurse came into the room. Our research indicates this result is the top neonatal/birth injury settlement/verdicts in the state.

  • $8,000,000
    Neonatal/Birth Injury

    Record settlement for a neonatal/birth injury—baby suffered severe spastic quadraparesis and relatively retained cognitive ability.

    Our birth injury and neonatal attorneys settled this case for a record amount. This child was born normally. In the first 24 hours, she was found not breathing by a nurse and a code was called for resuscitation. During the resuscitation process, the child was ventilated and the ventilator equipment was later changed. The equipment change involved an improper ventilator tube with no exhaust valve. The child was blown up like a balloon and both lungs were ruptured. The child was immediately diagnosed with bilateral ruptured lungs. The lungs were re-inflated and the child resuscitated again. The baby ended up with severe spastic quadraparesis and relatively retained cognitive ability. We contended the initial nurse missed the symptoms of the child's impending apnea and failed to respond promptly to the child's lack of breathing. We also contended that the respiratory therapist should not have placed a ventilator tube that had no exhaust valve. The defendants admitted the tube was improper but contended that damage was done in the first apnic episode while the baby was in the mother's hands and before the nurse came into the room. Our research indicates this result is the top neonatal/birth injury settlement/verdicts in the state.

  • $7,860,000
    Brain Injury

    Record result for 65-year-old woman with cerebral aneurysm resulting in significant brain injuries.

    Our brain injury lawyers represented a 65-year-old woman who was found to have a cerebral aneurysm. While the aneurysm was being treated it ruptured causing her significant brain injuries. Her injuries included quadraparesis and moderate to severe cognitive injuries necessitating 24 hour care. Plaintiff had a history of cancer and was receiving periodic CT scans to look for metastasis. Plaintiff contended that the aneurysm was visible on one of the CT scans and could have been diagnosed before she had a bleed. When the bleed occurred, the aneurysm was diagnosed and intervention attempted. Plaintiff claimed that the intervention was undertaken by personnel who were not properly trained in coiling techniques for aneurysms and caused the rupture. The defendants contended that in the original CT scan the aneurysm looked like bone in the sella and not an aneurysms. The interventional radiologists contended that this was an emergency situation and that intervention was necessary to save her life. They further stated that the rupture occurred spontaneously and was not related to anything they did during the procedure. This was a record result for a brain injury to a person of this age in this state.

  • $7,760,000
    Products Liability

    This was the largest product liability settlement for an ambulatory brain injured child in California at that time.

    A few years ago, we represented a child who was rendered partially blind, partially paralyzed and brain damaged from cardiac arrest during surgery for repair of a urological problem. We contended that the anesthesia machine used during the surgery malfunctioned due to faulty design and maintenance. The experts agreed this child had only mild cognitive impairment, and that he would be able to functionally ambulate. This case settled for $7,760,000 cash.

  • $7,600,000
    Medical Malpractice

    This was the largest jury verdict in the world in 1976

    This verdict was featured on Walter Cronkite's 6 o'clock national news program and in newspapers worldwide (Necochea v. UCSF and Mt. Zion Hospital ). We tried this case inSan Francisco involving an 18-year-old woman who had been rendered quadriplegic during radiation treatment for cancer she had suffered as a child. This was an extremely difficult liability case against two major local hospitals and a nationally recognized radiation therapist. The defense offered $500,000 to settle the case. That offer was withdrawn during the eight-week trial. The 1978 jury verdict of $7.6 million (present value) was the highest jury verdict in the country and received wide media coverage on Walter Cronkite's 6 o'clock news, in Time magazine, and in other national news. It remained one of the highest present value malpractice verdicts in the western states for years. It was then exceeded by a judgment for $8,900,000 we obtained inHawaii .

  • $7,600,000
    Medical Malpractice

    This was the largest jury verdict in the world in 1976

    This verdict was featured on Walter Cronkite's 6 o'clock national news program and in newspapers worldwide (Necochea v. UCSF and Mt. Zion Hospital ). We tried this case inSan Francisco involving an 18-year-old woman who had been rendered quadriplegic during radiation treatment for cancer she had suffered as a child. This was an extremely difficult liability case against two major local hospitals and a nationally recognized radiation therapist. The defense offered $500,000 to settle the case. That offer was withdrawn during the eight-week trial. The 1978 jury verdict of $7.6 million (present value) was the highest jury verdict in the country and received wide media coverage on Walter Cronkite's 6 o'clock news, in Time magazine, and in other national news. It remained one of the highest present value malpractice verdicts in the western states for years. It was then exceeded by a judgment for $8,900,000 we obtained inHawaii .

  • $7,500,000
    Medical Malpractice

    Kidney transplant results in dialysis

    We settled this case against UCSF for a 72 year old Palestinian born U.S. naturalized attorney who sought a kidney transplant at UCSF. The transplant team failed to check the blood type and the kidney was rejected. He ended up on dialysis for the rest of his life. We contended this caused him to be unable to work on his Mid-East venture capital fund. The defense contended he was retired and the fund was losing money.

  • $7,100,000
    Medical Malpractice

    Birth injury record settlement in Mid-America

    We settled this confidential case in a mid-western state for a record amount. The child suffered cerebral palsy as a result of fetal distress (non-reassuring fetal monitoring strips) which was not intervened upon until too late. The child was born severely depressed.

  • $7,100,000
    Birth Injury

    Birth injury record settlement in Mid-America

    We settled this confidential case in a mid-western state for a record amount. The child suffered cerebral palsy as a result of fetal distress (non-reassuring fetal monitoring strips) which was not intervened upon until too late. The child was born severely depressed.

  • $7,000,000
    Birth Injury

    California birth injury was record settlement at the time

    This was another case of cerebral palsy our birth injury team resolved for a record amount a few years ago.

  • $7,000,000
    Medical Malpractice

    California birth injury was record settlement at the time

    This was another case of cerebral palsy our birth injury team resolved for a record amount a few years ago.

  • $6,400,000
    Legal Malpractice

    San Francisco record legal malpractice verdict (1985) for failure to identify medical malpractice case for 32 year-old C-6 quadriplegic (Necochea v. Belli; including interest and costs).

    We handled a legal and underlying medical malpractice case against MELVIN BELLI Esq., wherein we represented a thirty-two year old man who had been paralyzed in an automobile accident when he was sixteen years old. Belli had represented the young man in his auto case, which he settled for $250,000. We contended that he had missed other potential medical defendants. This case was tried for nine weeks in San Francisco County against an original offer of $600,000, which was then raised during trial to $1,200,000 and ultimately rejected by us. The trial involved proving medical malpractice against several doctors and a hospital, as well as legal malpractice against Mr. Belli and his firm. The jury verdict was $6.4 million with pre-judgment interest and costs.

  • $6,000,000
    Legal Malpractice

    legal malpractice settlement

    We represented two young men who were originally represented by two sets of lawyers in a products liability case. They were offered $6,000,000 but their lawyers rejected the offer. The jury returned a defense verdict. We sued the lawyers on their behalf and collected them the $6,000,000 they should have been advised to accept in the original offer.

  • $6,000,000
    Medical Malpractice

    overdose during emergency care

    We represented a young woman who was brain injured when she was overdosed with epinephrine during an emergency procedure to re-establish her airway. She had a moderate brain injury which confined her to a wheelchair, but did not require 24 hour care.

  • $6,000,000
    Birth Injury

    birth injury settlement

    We obtained a $6,000,000 settlement for a birth injury resulting in cerebral palsy requiring 24 hour care.

  • $6,000,000
    Brain Injury

    Settlement for brain infarcts caused by epinephrine overdose during emergency treatment for respiratory crisis (Hawaii).

    Our brain injury attorneys settled this case for brain injuries to a 30 year-old woman. The plaintiff was suffering from a respiratory crisis and was in severe pulmonary distress. She was air evacuated to the defendant's hospital where she underwent an emergency endoscopy procedure. The patient was overdosed on epinephrine to dilate her bronchial passages and her blood pressure spiked from vessel constriction. In response they gave medications to lower her blood pressure which caused hypervolemic shock and a hypo perfusion brain injury. She eventually recovered from her injuries sufficiently that she could ambulate but required wheel chair in some community situations. She had mild cognitive injuries which affected executive function and memory. She had no attendant care requirements.

  • $6,000,000
    Legal Malpractice

    legal malpractice settlement

    We represented two young men who were originally represented by two sets of lawyers in a products liability case. They were offered $6,000,000 but their lawyers rejected the offer. The jury returned a defense verdict. We sued the lawyers on their behalf and collected them the $6,000,000 they should have been advised to accept in the original offer.

  • $6,000,000
    Spinal Cord Injury

    Settlement for brain infarcts caused by epinephrine overdose during emergency treatment for respiratory crisis (Hawaii).

    Our brain injury attorneys settled this case for brain injuries to a 30 year-old woman. The plaintiff was suffering from a respiratory crisis and was in severe pulmonary distress. She was air evacuated to the defendant's hospital where she underwent an emergency endoscopy procedure. The patient was overdosed on epinephrine to dilate her bronchial passages and her blood pressure spiked from vessel constriction. In response they gave medications to lower her blood pressure which caused hypervolemic shock and a hypo perfusion brain injury. She eventually recovered from her injuries sufficiently that she could ambulate but required wheel chair in some community situations. She had mild cognitive injuries which affected executive function and memory. She had no attendant care requirements.

  • $5,700,000
    Medical Malpractice

    verdict for failure to diagnose meningitis

    We represented a child who was brain injured when the ER and pediatricians failed to diagnose meningitis and then failed to treat it promptly. The first verdict was appealed and when it was tried again this larger verdict was obtained. (DeSart v. USA )

  • $5,700,000
    Pediatric Meningitis

    verdict for failure to diagnose meningitis

    We represented a child who was brain injured when the ER and pediatricians failed to diagnose meningitis and then failed to treat it promptly. The first verdict was appealed and when it was tried again this larger verdict was obtained. (DeSart v. USA )

  • $5,700,000
    Pediatric Meningitis

    verdict for failure to diagnose meningitis

    We represented a child who was brain injured when the ER and pediatricians failed to diagnose meningitis and then failed to treat it promptly. The first verdict was appealed and when it was tried again this larger verdict was obtained. (DeSart v. USA )

  • $5,500,000
    Pediatric Injury

    Record settlement in California for a brain injury to a child -- hospital personnel failed to note symptoms, child suffered from a condition known as hyperbilirubenemia.

    At the time, this was a record settlement in California for a brain injury to a child. Our neonatal and birth injury lawyers in California recently represented a child who was brain injured shortly after her birth. She suffered from a condition known as hyperbilirubenemia. There was a break down of red blood cells in her blood which resulted in excess biliruben. This biliruben eventually crossed the blood-brain barrier and stained the baby's brain resulting in a condition called kernicterus. This caused the child to become a spastic quadriplegic and unable to hear, although the baby had retained cognitive ability. Our office has handled several similar cases in the past. It was our contention that the hospital personnel failed to note symptoms suggesting the ongoing increasing biliruben which included bloody urine and increasing jaundice. When the baby's condition was finally diagnosed, treatment was attempted, but it was too late to prevent brain damage. Under California law, non-economic damages are limited to $250,000.

  • $5,500,000
    Neonatal Injury

    Record settlement in California for a brain injury to a child -- hospital personnel failed to note symptoms, child suffered from a condition known as hyperbilirubenemia.

    At the time, this was a record settlement in California for a brain injury to a child. Our neonatal and birth injury lawyers in California recently represented a child who was brain injured shortly after her birth. She suffered from a condition known as hyperbilirubenemia. There was a break down of red blood cells in her blood which resulted in excess biliruben. This biliruben eventually crossed the blood-brain barrier and stained the baby's brain resulting in a condition called kernicterus. This caused the child to become a spastic quadriplegic and unable to hear, although the baby had retained cognitive ability. Our office has handled several similar cases in the past. It was our contention that the hospital personnel failed to note symptoms suggesting the ongoing increasing biliruben which included bloody urine and increasing jaundice. When the baby's condition was finally diagnosed, treatment was attempted, but it was too late to prevent brain damage. Under California law, non-economic damages are limited to $250,000.

  • $5,000,000
    Personal Injury

    Record settlement for the death of a 14 year old child

    We represented the parents of a 14 year old girl who was killed at her bible camp when the ATV she was riding on overturned. We sued the church that owned the camp for the negligence of the 20 year old camp counselor operating the vehicle. Our research at the time indicated this was the largest out of court settlement for the wrongful death of a child in California history. (Ramos v Twin Lakes Church)

  • $5,000,000
    Personal Injury

    products liability settlement for swimming pool malfunction

    We represented a child who had a profound intestinal injury when her bottom became attached by suction to a swimming pool drain. She suffered from “small bowel syndrome” as a result and required hyperalimentation.

  • $5,000,000
    Personal Injury

    products liability settlement for swimming pool malfunction

    We represented a child who had a profound intestinal injury when her bottom became attached by suction to a swimming pool drain. She suffered from “small bowel syndrome” as a result and required hyperalimentation.

  • $5,000,000
    Birth Injury

    confidential birth injury settlement in a mid-western state

    We obtained this settlement for a child with cerebral palsy due to failure to recognize fetal distress (non-reassuring signs) during labor. It was a record settlement at the time, but later supplanted by a larger settlement we had in that state a few years ago.

  • $5,000,000
    Birth Injury

    confidential birth injury settlement in a mid-western state

    We obtained this settlement for a child with cerebral palsy due to failure to recognize fetal distress (non-reassuring signs) during labor. It was a record settlement at the time, but later supplanted by a larger settlement we had in that state a few years ago.

  • $5,000,000
    Birth Injury

    Highest birth injury settlement in state’s history for delayed emergency C-Section.

    Our birth injury lawyers handled this case in a middle America state west of the Mississippi. This is believed to be the highest birth injury settlement in the state's history. During the labor process, there was an abruption of the placenta causing significant evidence of fetal distress on the fetal monitoring strips. An emergency C-Section was called but not accomplished until about 40 minutes after there was evidence the baby was in trouble. We contended that the hospital and the doctor had all the personnel present necessary to do an emergency C-Section and that the baby should have been delivered more expeditiously under the circumstances. The defense contended that even in the best of circumstances a certain amount of time must transpire before an emergency C-Section can be accomplished in a community hospital setting. The case was settled for the full policy limits of the physician.

  • $5,000,000
    Swimming Pool Injury Products liability settlement for swimming pool malfunction
  • $4,750,000
    Labor and Delivery Injury

    Record settlement against hospital and obstetrician for failure to recognize fetal distress and promptly deliver baby.

    Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco recently represented a child who was brain injured during the birth process. We contended the defendant hospital and obstetrician failed to recognize and promptly treat evidence of fetal distress occurring during the labor process. Defense contended that illegal drugs taken by the mother early in the pregnancy may have caused the problem and argued that in any event the brain injury occurred before the labor began and could not have been prevented by earlier intervention. The case was settled at the time of trial for $4,750,000. Our birth injury lawyers believed this to be the highest prejudgment medical malpractice settlement in California history at the time. The new record is our $9.9M case described above.

  • $4,750,000
    Medical Malpractice

    This was the largest medical malpractice birth injury pre-trial settlement in California history as of 1999. (There is a $250,000 cap in California for non-economic damages.)

    The birth injury lawyers at our San Francisco law firm recently represented a child who was brain injured during the birth process. We contended the defendant hospital and obstetrician failed to recognize and promptly treat evidence of fetal distress occurring during the labor process. Defense contended that illegal drugs taken by the mother early in the pregnancy may have caused the problem and argued that in any event the brain injury occurred before the labor began and could not have been prevented by earlier intervention. The case was settled at the time of trial for $4,750,000. Our birth injury lawyers believed this to be the highest prejudgment medical malpractice settlement in California history at the time. The new record is our $9.9M case described above.

  • $4,500,000
    Products Liability

    Product case for gas tank explosion in vehicle accident with overlying legal malpractice claim.

    We represented two plaintiffs in a LEGAL MALPRACTICE case in San Francisco. They had an opportunity to settle their original products liability case for a net offer (after costs) of close to $5 million. The offer was rejected and the case tried. We sued their attorneys and contended the case should have been settled by the lawyer defendants. The defense contended the plaintiffs had refused to to settle and wanted a trial. This matter resolved favorably for our clients in the amount of $4,500,000

  • $4,500,000
    Auto Accident

    Underlying auto accident with subsequent legal malpractice.

    We represented two plaintiffs in a LEGAL MALPRACTICE case in San Francisco. They had an opportunity to settle their original products liability case for a net offer (after costs) of close to $5 million. The offer was rejected and the case tried. We sued their attorneys and contended the case should have been settled by the lawyer defendants. The defense contended the plaintiffs had refused to to settle and wanted a trial. This matter resolved favorably for our clients in the amount of $4,500,000.

  • $4,100,000
    Birth Injury Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco tried a case involving failure to timely recognize fetal distress and promptly deliver baby causing brain injury.
  • $4,100,000
    Brain Injury

    Trial judgment for brain injury to infant when defendant failed to diagnose and properly treat meningitis in four-year-old child.

    We tried a case in Hawaii involving brain damage to a child who was being treated for meningitis. It was our claim that the physicians at Kaiser Hospital in Hawaii failed to properly diagnose the condition and failed to treat the meningitis correctly. This child was significantly retarded as a result of the meningitis combined with the poor treatment. This trial and a later, additional settlement resulted in a present value judgment of $4.1 million.

  • $4,000,000
    Brain Injury

    Settlement for overdose causing brain injury in young child

    A few years ago, we settled a case involving an infant who suffered from cerebral palsy after a delay in delivering him despite what we contended were multiple warning signs during the labor and delivery. This case was also limited by MICRA. The family settled with the doctor and clinic for just under $4,000,000 in cash and annuities.

  • $4,000,000
    Labor and Delivery Injury Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco tried a case involving failure to recognize fetal distress and promptly deliver baby causing brain injury.
  • $4,000,000
    Spinal Cord Injury Settlement for failure to diagnose cerebral artery injury in accident victim, resulting in C-4 quadriplegia.
  • $4,000,000
    Pediatric Injury

    Overdose of medication to infant child during hospital care resulting in brain injury.

    We represented a child who was brain injured when he was given an overdose of medication during an acute pulmonary crisis. This California case, which like all California medical malpractice cases, was limited by the provisions of MICRA (legislation stating general damages are not to exceed $250,000), was settled in 1990 for a present value sum of just under 4 million dollars.

  • $4,000,000
    Pediatric Injury

    Overdose of medication to infant child during hospital care resulting in brain injury.

    We represented a child who was brain injured when he was given an overdose of medication during an acute pulmonary crisis. This California case, which like all California medical malpractice cases, was limited by the provisions of MICRA (legislation stating general damages are not to exceed $250,000), was settled in 1990 for a present value sum of just under 4 million dollars.

  • $4,000,000
    Swimming Pool Injury

    Child caught pool vacuum system.

    Settlement for intestinal injury to child caught in defectively designed wading pool vacuum system.

  • $4,000,000
    Stroke Settlement for failure to diagnose traumatic vertebral artery injury, which led to mid-brain stroke and quadriplegia.
  • $3,800,000
    Birth Injury Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco tried a case involving improper use of forceps in delivery causing brain injury.
  • $3,500,000
    Birth Injury Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco tried a case involving failure to deliver in a timely manner causing brain injury.
  • $3,500,000
    Brain Injury

    Settlement for motorcyclist diagnosed with Vertebral Artery Dissections.

    Plaintiff was injured in an off road motorcycle accident and was admitted to an emergency hospital for evaluation and observation. Over the next 24 hours, he gradually had increasing symptoms involving changes in sensation and decreased motor ability. Eventually he was transferred by air to another facility where they diagnosed a traumatic vertebral artery dissection. Plaintiff contended that defendants failed to diagnose the vertebral artery dissection and failed to treat it promptly to prevent propagation of the clot. Defendants contended that the clot propagation was inevitable and could not have been prevented by early diagnosis and treatment. The plaintiff died one year after the settlement was obtained.

  • $3,500,000
    Pediatric Injury

    Failure to report child abuse resulting in brain injury

    Settlement against HMO emergency room for failure to report repeated abuse to child, which eventually resulted in a mild brain injury.

  • $3,500,000
    Medical Malpractice Death of 32-year-old executive from myocardial infarction whose symptoms were misdiagnosed.
  • $3,500,000
    Wrongful Death Our wrongful death attorneys in San Francisco garnered a settlement for failure to diagnose impending heart attack in 32-year-old father, runner and insurance executive.
  • $3,450,000
    Birth Injury Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco tried a case involving failure to deliver in a timely manner causing brain injury.
  • $3,320,000
    Birth Injury Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco tried a case involving failure to deliver in a timely manner causing brain injury.
  • $3,200,000
    Stroke Verdict and settlement for stroke resulting in hemiplagia, caused by failure to diagnose hypercoagulability in 40-year-old carpenter.
  • $3,200,000
    Stroke Verdict plus settlement for stroke resulting in hemiplagia caused by failure to diagnose hypercoagulability in 40-year-old carpenter.
  • $3,100,000
    Birth Injury Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco tried a case involving failure to deliver in a timely manner causing brain injury.
  • $3,000,000
    Birth Injury Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco tried a case involving shoulder dystocia resulting in brain injury causing brain injury.
  • $2,800,000
    Birth Injury Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco tried a case involving malpractice by nurse midwife and hospital nurses, resulting in brain injury.
  • $2,500,000
    Medical Malpractice

    Failure to diagnose fatal arrhythmia condition in 32-year-old ophthalmologist.

    We represented the wife and 2 children of a 35-year-old physician who died from a cardiac arrhythmia. We contended that the cardiologists and hospital failed to recognize a treatable cardiac condition when they worked him up for a fainting attack a year before his death. They contended that the fainting attack was caused by a seizure and was not cardiac in origin at all. The case settled just before trial for $2.5 million cash. Of course, the general damages were limited to $250,000.00.

  • $2,150,000
    Pediatric Meningitis

    Failure to Diagnose and Treat Meningitis

    Confidential settlement for failure to diagnose and treat meningitis in one-year-old child.

  • $2,100,000
    Neonatal Injury

    Failure to properly treat premature birth complications

    Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco tried a case wherein a physician failed to properly treat premature birth complications shortly after birth, resulting in brain injury.

  • $2,000,000
    Brain Injury

    Settlement for 55 year-old woman suffered severe brain injury after undergoing eye surgery.

    Plaintiff 55 year-old woman was undergoing eye surgery and received an anesthetic block behind her eye so that the surgery could be accomplished. After the surgery, she was found to have suffered a severe brain injury. Plaintiff contended that the block traveled down the optic nerve and anesthetized the brain stem causing respiratory depression. Plaintiff further contended that the anesthesiologist was responsible to monitor the respirations while the patient was asleep and therefore was responsible for the brain injury she suffered. Defendants contended that there was no evidence of a change in respirations until the oxygen saturations suddenly dropped; resuscitation was instituted immediately and she responded promptly. The case was settled for the defendant anesthesiologist’s full policy limits.

  • $2,000,000
    Child Abuse Case against child protective services for brain injury to three-year-old attacked by foster mother after several previous episodes went unheeded by county personnel.
  • $2,000,000
    Child Abuse

    Against protective services

    Case against child protective services for brain injury to three-year old attacked by foster mother after several previous episodes went unheeded by county personnel.

  • $2,000,000
    Brain Injury

    Confidential Settlement for quadriplegic brain damage injuries to a 20 day-old child.

    Three days after birth, a male infant presented to a pediatric clinic. The parents complained that the baby was very yellow. The physician said the baby was only yellow to the mid-chest and sent him home with instructions to call if the jaundice became worse. The jaundice did not become worse—it stayed the same. Three weeks later the child was admitted with severed hyperbilirubenemia and kernicterus. It was too late to avert the brain injury. Plaintiff contended that the baby should not have been sent home without either obtaining a biliruben level or setting a return visit within 48 hours so that the doctor could determine for himself that the jaundice was receding. The defense contended that with jaundice to the mid-chest most children do fine and it was extremely unusual for a child of this age to have his biliruben significantly increase for no known cause. The baby had significant quadraparisis and cognitive delay. The case was settled for the doctor’s full policy limits.

  • $1,950,000
    Birth Injury Our birth injury lawyers in San Francisco tried a case involving failure to diagnose hydrocephalus in a 22-week fetus, resulting in the birth of a brain damaged baby. (Parents can only collect for the cost of future care in such cases).
  • $1,750,000
    Stroke Settlement for improper treatment of cerebellar hemangioblastoma, resulting in stroke to brain stem and paralysis to 65-year-old man.
  • $1,500,000.00
    Medical Malpractice Improperly performed angioplasty (heart stenting procedure), causing death in 48-year-old man.
  • $1,300,000
    Failure to Diagnose Failure to diagnose breast cancer in young woman.
  • $1,120,000
    Neonatal Injury Settlement for failure to treat eye problem in newborn resulting in blindness.
  • $1,100,000
    Swimming Pool Injury Full policy limits of homeowner insurance for brain injury to two-year old who fell in pool, which was not adequately fenced.
  • $1,000,000
    Wrongful Death Policy limits settlement for death of 45-year-old painter when bladder was perforated during cancer surgery (Hawaii).
  • $1,000,000
    Wrongful Death Our wrongful death attorneys in San Francisco were able to garner an award for the policy limits settlement for death of 50-year-old man over radiated for brain tumor.
  • $1,000,000
    Wrongful Death Policy limits for failure to diagnose colon cancer in 45-year-old dentist.
  • $1,000,000
    Radiation Injury Policy limits settlement for death of 50-year-old man over-radiated for brain tumor.
  • $1,000,000
    Failure to Diagnose Failure to diagnose colon cancer in 48-year-old dentist (policy limits).
  • $1,000,000
    Legal Malpractice Policy limits settlement where poor legal advice resulted in tax liability.
  • $500,000
    Failure to Diagnose Failure to diagnose prostate cancer in elderly man.
  • $450,000
    Pediatric Injury Settlement against HMO emergency room for failure to report injuries to child which eventually resulted in mild brain injury.

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