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Catastrophic Injuries

San Francisco Catastrophic Injury Attorney

Our Award-Winning Team Can Recover the Compensation You Deserve in California

Catastrophic injuries happen suddenly and can occur in any number of different circumstances such as car accidents, birth injuries, medical malpractice, and many others. The important point about a catastrophic injury is that, due to the sudden-impact nature of the injury, the repercussions have a lifelong impact upon the victim and their family.

These types of injuries are considered among the most serious, and victims will almost always suffer lifelong effects from the accident. These injuries include those such as burn injury, concussions, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury.

  • Personal Injury, Brain Injury, Auto/Truck Accident Record-Setting Result $21,000,000

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

  • Medical Malpractice, Sepsis, Amputation Record-Setting Result $9,750,000

    Failure to treat sepsis and excessive medication led to the loss of limbs. This is a record-setting result in the state.

  • Medical Malpractice, Sepsis, Amputation Record-Setting Result $9,700,000

    Record settlement for amputation of multiple limbs.

  • Medical Malpractice, Sepsis, Amputation Record-Setting Result $9,250,000

    Failure to diagnose sepsis in the ER resulted in the loss of arms and legs. This was a record-setting result at the time.

  • Medical Malpractice, Failure to Diagnose, Amputation $8,750,000

    Failure to diagnose a devastating infection (Necrotizing Fasciitis) in a middle-aged woman.

  • Medical Malpractice, Sepsis, Emergency Room Error, Amputation $8,500,000

    Sepsis not treated promptly led to the loss of hands and legs.

  • Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury Record-Setting Result $7,600,000

    Largest jury verdict in the world in 1978.

  • Personal Injury, Legal Malpractice, Spinal Cord Injury Record-Setting Result $6,400,000

    San Francisco record legal malpractice verdict for failure to identify medical malpractice case for 32-year-old C-6 quadriplegic

  • Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Spinal Cord Injury $5,000,000

    Settlement for an auto roll-over and failure to treat cervical spine fracture.

  • Medical Malpractice, Spinal Cord Injury $4,000,000

    Settlement for failure to diagnose vertebral artery injury in an accident victim, resulting in C-4 quadriplegia.


Can I Be Compensated for a Catastrophic Injury?

As permanent disability is typically a part of catastrophic accidents, financial compensation is often pursued by the injured party in an effort to cover costs associated with long term treatment and care as well as other economic damages, including present and future predicted loss of income. Damages such as pain and suffering and loss of quality of life must also be addressed in your claim that should be filed by a skilled legal professional. Establishing a relationship with a skilled and determined legal team is an excellent way to begin seeking compensation for your catastrophic injuries.

In cases where a catastrophic injury has been caused by the negligent actions of another person, they can be held liable and responsible for all damages. This includes medical costs associated with diagnosis, treatment and recovery, physical therapy, and emotional therapy to help come to terms with these traumatic events. Since many catastrophic injuries are permanent and require a lifetime of medical or nursing care, the negligent party may also be held responsible for the costs associated with that care, whether it is provided by a family member or a professional.

Contact us today if you or a loved one have experienced a serious injury.

How can I pursue a fair settlement?

Ensuring you are compensated appropriately for your catastrophic injury can be achieved with the guidance and representation of experienced legal counsel. Your personal injury attorney may request you to keep a journal of your injuries including observations related to pain, functionality and motor skills to name a few.

Bostwick & Peterson, LLP have secured over $1 billion for those personal injury victims throughout San Francisco, and can provide the guidance necessary for a well-documented, comprehensive claim for compensation. Our firm strongly supports your right to seek compensation from the negligent party that caused your condition, and we will fight hard to see that your reward is substantial and allows the best possible quality of life after such an injury.


  • Inner Circle of Advocates
    Inner Circle of Advocates

    Invitation-only organization of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the U.S.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Former President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in the U.S.

  • Super Lawyers 2020
    Super Lawyers 2020

    James S. Bostwick and Erik L. Peterson have been named top-rated medical malpractice attorneys in Northern California.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Invitation-only group of the nation’s top civil lawyers and judges.

  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
    American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

    James Bostwick is a nationally certified medical malpractice specialist and founding member.

  • The Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America

    Recognized since its inception in 1983 by this peer-reviewed publication, comprised of the best legal talent in the world.

  • Best Law Firms 2021
    Best Law Firms 2021

    Recognized for professional excellence with impressive ratings from clients and peers.

  • The National Trial Lawyers
    The National Trial Lawyers

    James Bostwick & Erik Peterson are listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates

    An exclusive group limited to less than 1% of U.S. attorneys who have won multi-million dollar results.

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    James Bostwick has been featured among the Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America.