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Passionate Advocates for Your Rights

San Francisco Medical Malpractice Attorney

More Than $1 Billion Won For Our Clients Across California

Have you been injured by the negligence of a medical professional? If so, you should not hesitate to get in touch with Bostwick & Peterson, LLP. We are some of the most recognized medical malpractice attorneys in the state for these challenging cases, and we are ready to help guide you through it.

Consider the following reasons why you need to call us now:

  • We have won more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements.
  • We have set several local, state, and national records with our case results.
  • Attorney Bostwick is certified as specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability.
  • Attorney Bostwick is an invited member of the Inner Circle of Advocates.
  • Attorney Bostwick has been listed in the “Best Lawyers in America” since its inception in 1983.
  • Attorney Peterson has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2006.
  • Attorney Peterson is listed in “Best Lawyers in America.
  • Attorney Peterson is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.
  • Attorney Peterson has AVVO’s highest peer rating of “Superb”.
  • Attorney Peterson has earned an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Our Proven Success in Medical Malpractice Cases

Medical malpractice cases are complex; they require the skilled touch of an attorney who has the experience you need. At our firm, we do more than just talk the talk; we are proven courtroom warriors who advocate successfully on behalf of our clients. From birth injuries to the misdiagnosis of cancer, you can count on us to represent your best interests.

Just a few examples of our success throughout the years:

  • $11 Million – Premature triples suffered blindness, partial loss of vision, and mild loss of vision due to retinopathy of prematurity. We argued that the neonatologists and pediatrician should have been quicker to diagnose the issue and treat the condition before permanent damage was caused.
  • $10.67 Million – We set a state record when we took on case where the defendants failed to properly monitor the fetus during critical times before the birth or after birth when the child was in distress. As a result, the child suffered from cerebral palsy and will require 24 hour care for their whole life.
  • $9.96 Million – At the time of its conclusion, this was the largest medical malpractice settlement in the history of CA. An 38-year-old executive stopped at a UCSF clinic claiming he was suffering from chest tightness. He died 7 days later.

To learn more about our victories throughout the years, browse our online case results.

Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle

We can handle cases where negligence was tied to a physician, surgeon, dentist, nurse, psychiatrists, pharmacist, or more. These professionals are all held to a high standard of conduct to protect their patients; should they ever fail to uphold that standard, they may be held liable for their actions.

The Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims in California

If you are considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in California it's important to note that, no matter the type of injury suffered, you have a limited amount of time to file your claim. California law allows the injured person to file a lawsuit within one year from the date the injury was discovered, or should have been discovered, or within three years from the date the injury took place, whichever comes first.

The only exception to this rule is in cases where a foreign object, like a sponge or surgical instrument, was left inside the patient's body. The one-year discover rule still applies, however, there is no general time limit preventing the victim from, for example, filing a lawsuit ten years after the surgery if the foreign object wasn't discovered until recently.

Since medical malpractice lawsuits have such a short statute of limitations it's essential that you contact our law firm as soon as you suspect medical negligence. Our team of experienced, hard-working attorneys can investigate the details of your claim to see if you are a victim of medical malpractice.

Determining If You Have Grounds to File a Lawsuit

A few general factors provide the framework for determining whether you have received negligent medical care, and if it may be possible to recover in a malpractice lawsuit. Importantly, you must establish that the health care worker, whether a doctor, nurse or other care provider owes you a “duty of care.”

A friend’s advice not to seek treatment, or to pursue a particular remedy for your ailment – even if they are in the medical field – is generally not sufficient.

On the other hand, this relationship doesn’t depend on obtaining medical care in a physical office; for example, a drive-through and other temporary health clinic where medical advice and treatment is delivered may be sufficient to establish a doctor-patient relationship requiring a heightened standard of care.

A successful medical malpractice action will show that a the health care provider owed the patient a standard of care (based on the specific health care professional’s job – whether a nurse, doctor, anesthesiologist, etc.), and that the health care provider breached (failed to meet) that standard of care.

The breach is a failure to do what is expected of that position. Importantly, this breach must cause harm. If the health care worker makes a mistakes, or otherwise acts negligently, and you are not hurt as a result, then it is unlikely you will have a strong case. However, if you suffer significant harm due to a medical error, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney at once.

Contact Us to Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you believe you have suffered harm as a result of medical negligence, including when a medical professional has failed to diagnose or treat a condition, and your health has worsened as a result, you should call a lawyer immediately.

Not every situation with a poor outcome meets the criteria for a malpractice claim; however, time is of the essence, so it is important to have an attorney review your situation and determine your next steps as soon as possible.

If you would like to take the first step in your case, we encourage you to contact Bostwick & Peterson today. Our San Francisco medical malpractice lawyers are fully committed to helping our clients navigate through complex times and will do everything we can to see that our clients are properly compensated.

Call today to learn how we can help you: (888) 831-8448.

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Reviews From Our Clients

  • “Erik was empathetic, professional, and realistic. He's a consummate professional and an excellent negotiator.”

    Former Client

  • “Erik and his staffs were professional, well experienced, honest, knowledgeable and supportive.”

    Former Client

  • “Mr. Peterson and his team displayed the utmost professionalism guiding me through this very emotional process.”


What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart?

  • Over $750 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Record-Setting Birth Injury Verdicts & Settlements 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