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We've Won Over $750 Million Dollars for Our Clients

  • $17,000,000 Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Sepsis, Medication Error
    This is believed to be the largest medical malpractice recovery, either by settlement or jury verdict, for a medical malpractice case in California history. In this case, our client developed a routine infection during pregnancy that wasn't treated by her health care providers. The infection worsened and she became septic. She was hospitalized and nearly died. She recovered; however, her baby sustained a severe brain injury from the mother's infection and requires 24/7 attendant care for life.
  • $14,000,000 Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury, Neonatal Injury, Surgical Injury
    This case involved a 3-day old child with a medical condition that the defendant decided needed surgery. Laparoscopic surgery was performed at a major California university hospital. The needle that was used to insufflate the child’s abdomen was placed in the umbilical vein and the gas went straight to the child’s heart and then the brain, causing a serious brain injury. The case settled for $14 million, the largest medical malpractice settlement in California at the time (2018).
  • $11,400,000 Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy
    The defendants failed to monitor a fetus during critical times before the birth and when they did resume monitoring the child was found to be in distress. The baby suffered a profound brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy and will require 24-hour care for the remainder of its life. The value of the confidential settlement is based on its present value - the cost of an annuity to fund the settlement amount plus the cash agreed upon. This was the largest birth injury settlement in California as of 2010.
  • $11,000,000 Medical Malpractice, Neonatal Injury, Failure to Diagnose
    This case involved neonatal blindness injuries to premature triplets from retinopathy of prematurity. Retinopathy of prematurity can be treated if timely diagnosed and is a common problem in premature infants. We contended that the hospital, neonatologist, and pediatricians failed to diagnose the condition in a timely manner. The defendants contended that the mother failed to obtain an eye exam in a timely fashion after the triplets were discharged from the hospital. This 2000 confidential settlement was the largest of its type in the history of Hawaii.
  • $10,000,000 Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury
    Our birth injury specialists settled a case for $10,000,000 for birth injuries to a child. We contended the attending doctors failed to promptly deliver the child when fetal monitoring showed potential problems. The child is a spastic quadriplegic, tube fed with global delays, including severe cognitive deficits. The defense contended life-expectancy was limited. Plaintiffs contended life expectancy would be lengthy. This was a record settlement for an obstetrical case in the state where it was obtained.
  • $9,960,000 Medical Malpractice, Cardiac Misdiagnosis, Failure to Diagnose, Wrongful Death
    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". The EKG was normal; there were no cardiac risk factors. The doctor diagnosed chest muscle strain and allowed the decedent to fly to Colorado and then Mexico where he died 7 days after the clinic visit. Defendants argued that the decedent appeared healthy and in no distress and therefore the clinic symptoms were not cardiac.
  • $9,750,000 Medical Malpractice, Sepsis, Amputation
    This case involved a 25-year old woman who developed MRSA pneumonia and then became septic. The defendants failed to diagnose and treat her sepsis promptly. When they did treat the sepsis, an excessive administration of medication intended to improve blood pressure caused her to lose both her hands below the forearm and both legs below the knees. The case settled in 2018 for $9,750,000 - this was the highest settlement for amputation in California history.
  • $9,700,000 Medical Malpractice, Sepsis, Amputation
    We resolved a case involving a jail inmate who had a skin infection and was not promptly sent for emergency care by the corrections facility personnel. He developed septic shock and suffered multiple amputations of hands and feet. This was a record amputation result in the state where it was obtained.
  • $9,250,000 Medical Malpractice, Sepsis, Amputation
    This particular case involved a 40-year old woman who had pyelonephritis (a kidney infection) and developed sepsis because it was not properly diagnosed and treated in the ER. As a result, she lost both legs below the knees and both arms below the elbows. The case settled in California in 2017 for $9,250,000. This was a record amputation result at the time.
  • $8,900,000 Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury
    Our birth injury lawyers tried a case against the United States government in the Federal District Court of Hawaii. It was our contention that the 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. We were told at the time that this was the highest Ninth Circuit award in history for an individual in a medical malpractice case.

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Over $750 Million Recovered for Clients

Bostwick & Peterson, LLP is a full-service law firm that represents victims of medical malpractice and birth injuries for more than 60 years. Our firm's Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys have proven themselves among the most accomplished in the nation, and have helped hundreds of victims and families successfully through their legal journeys.

Our firm is committed to representing individuals who have become the victim of some form of negligence at the hands of medical professionals. We believe in fighting hard to see that our clients receive the compensation they need to live full and happy after their injury.

At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, we have achieved a number of successful results in cases involving birth injuries, including record-setting verdicts at their time in California, Hawaii, Colorado, and Washington. We understand the emotional nature of birth injury cases, which is why we go above and beyond to support clients through these difficult times. We handle the full range of medical malpractice and birth injury cases.

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

Justice for Victims of Medical Negligence

At Bostwick & Peterson LLP, we understand your rights as a patient and are devoted to helping mothers and children who have suffered a birth injury because of careless doctors. For every 1,000 children born in the United States, 6.68 instances of birth trauma occur. While some of these situations are the result of natural causes, others are the result of medical negligence. A child and its mother should never suffer an unnecessary injury during delivery, especially if the trauma is avoidable. Medical malpractice can cause or amplify birth injury.

When you choose Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, you can be confident in attorneys who are fully committed to you and your cause. We aggressively pursue each case because we understand how important your claim and case are to you and your family, as well as your future health, medical care, and ability to live your life.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of medical malpractice, contact Bostwick & Peterson, LLP at our firm today and schedule your FREE confidential consultation.

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Record-Setting Verdicts from Experienced Attorneys

Our firm is headed by James S. Bostwick & Erik L. Peterson, two highly-regarded California lawyers.

Mr. Bostwick has been certified as a medical malpractice specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability and he has set several local, state and national records for settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of his clients. He is a past President for the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and an invited member of the "Inner Circle of Advocates," an organization made up of the top 100 plaintiffs lawyers in the country.

Mr. Peterson is listed in Super Lawyers® and he has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for his legal ability and professional ethics. He is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, which is an invitation-only trial lawyer society, consisting of less than one-half of one percent of all American lawyers.

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