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Passionate Advocates for Your Rights

San Francisco Wrongful Death Lawyer

Representing Plaintiffs in Wrongful Death Actions Throughout California

There is perhaps no sorrow greater in life than the loss of a loved one, particularly if that loved one passed “before their time” in a tragic accident. This suddenness can make the loss that much more difficult, but Bostwick & Peterson is here to help.

We represent plaintiffs in wrongful death actions. This means that if you lost your spouse, for example, in an accident, we could file a lawsuit on your behalf to recover compensation for that loss. This compensation could come in the form of pain and suffering, funeral expenses, accident-related medical expenses prior to death, and lost wages (the income your spouse can no longer earn and contribute to your household).

We’re here to ease the financial burden after the loss of a loved one, so you can focus on what matters most – healing.

California’s Wrongful Death Statute

California’s wrongful death laws can be found in sections 377.60 through 377.62 of the Code of Civil Procedure. The law states that a cause of action for the death of a person caused by wrongdoing or negligence may be asserted by certain parties.

These parties include:

  • The surviving spouse
  • The surviving partner
  • The decedent’s children
  • Putative spouse, partner, or children

Separate wrongful death actions may not arise out of a singular wrongful death event. The first rights to bring a wrongful death action typically fall to the surviving spouse, but we encourage you to contact a wrongful death attorney at our firm for a review of your unique situation. Wrongful death cases vary greatly from case to case, and are best evaluated by an attorney experienced in this area of litigation.

Economic vs. Noneconomic Damages

Damages (the financial compensation you could be awarded in a civil verdict or settlement), fall into two main camps: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages refers to money for quantifiable losses, like medical expenses. Noneconomic damages refers to money for non-quantifiable harm, such as emotional pain and suffering.

Contacting Bostwick & Peterson, LLP

The wrongful death attorneys at our San Francisco office are licensed to practice law in California and Hawaii. If you lost a spouse, parent, partner, or otherwise, we invite you to get in touch with our law firm to learn your legal rights and options. You may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for the death of your loved one.

Contact our wrongful death attorneys today for a free review of your legal rights and options.

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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

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


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

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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