COVID-19 UPDATE: We are open! Our team is working and offering consultations via phone, e-mail, and video conferencing.
Cystic Fibrosis

San Francisco Cystic Fibrosis Attorney

Prenatal Misdiagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis in California

Bostwick & Peterson, LLP handles prenatal misdiagnosis claims of all types. If your son or daughter was born with cystic fibrosis, and your obstetrician/physician failed to perform the necessary tests to discover this prior to birth, you may be able to file a lawsuit.

Expecting parents have the right to know the health of their child prior to birth so that they can make the decision as to whether or not to continue the pregnancy. Many parents would prefer to terminate the pregnancy than have their child suffer through life with a devastating condition such as cystic fibrosis. When doctors fail to make this type of diagnosis, and the child is born, experts have begun to classify this as a "wrongful birth."

About Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited condition characterized by overactive mucous glands. When a fetus has overactive or abnormal mucus secretions, this can result in difficulty breathing and consequently tissue and organ damage. Children born with cystic fibrosis will have the condition for life. This condition also indicates a shortened lifespan.

Tests to Diagnose Cystic Fibrosis Before Birth

There are many screening tests that obstetricians and doctors can conduct to determine the likelihood that parents will conceive a child with cystic fibrosis as well as tests to determine if a fetus has cystic fibrosis in the womb.

Listed below are some of the tests obstetricians can conduct:

  • Genetic testing of parents (ex: If both parents carry the cystic fibrosis gene, there's a 25% chance that they will give birth to a child with the disease).
  • Blood tests – Most doctors will take blood samples from the mother within her first trimester. These blood samples can reveal "markers" that indicate cystic fibrosis.
  • Ultrasounds – These tests allow obstetricians and doctors to detect visible signs of cystic fibrosis, such as mutations that differ from the average fetus. These mutations can also differ by ethnicity of the fetus.

What characterizes a wrongful birth claim?

If we find that your doctor/obstetrician failed to perform their duty of care to you, and you gave birth to a child with cystic fibrosis, then you may have a prenatal misdiagnosis "wrongful birth" claim.

The attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP can ask questions such as:

  • Did the obstetrician perform all necessary prenatal tests?
  • Did they perform these tests according to medical industry standards?
  • Did they interpret the test results correctly?

Contacting Our Prenatal Misdiagnosis Lawyers

Raising a child with cystic fibrosis can be incredibly expensive when you take into consideration the ongoing medical expenses. In addition to financial expenses, there is also an emotional toll this can take on the parents as well as a reduced quality of living for the child.

If you would like to learn more about prenatal misdiagnosis claims and if you qualify, contact Bostwick & Peterson, LLP today.


  • 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 2023
    Super Lawyers 2023

    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 2024
    Best Law Firms 2024

    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.

  • Lawdragon

    James Bostwick inducted into the Hall of Fame and featured among the Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America.

  • America's Top 100 Med Mal Litigators
    America's Top 100 Med Mal Litigators

    James Bostwick's exceptional talents have been recognized by America’s Top 100 Medical Malpractice Litigators®, where he remains among some of the most esteemed medical malpractice litigators throughout the country.


What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart?

  • More than $1 billion recovered for our clients
  • Since January 2018, the firm has twice broken the California record for the largest medical malpractice settlement
  • James Bostwick was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers® in 2012
  • James Bostwick is a Nationally Certified Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability
  • Included in the list of "Best Lawyers in America" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® since its inception in 1983
  • James Bostwick received the Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award of Merit"
  • James Bostwick is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, limited to the nation’s top 100 plaintiff lawyers
  • Record-setting verdicts and settlements in five states for medical malpractice and motor vehicle accidents
Experienced Trial Lawyers

Put our highly recognized and award-winning attorneys on your side. We will make the difference in your case. 

Get The Help You Need

Start With a Free Consultation
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.