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Frequently Asked Questions

Medical Malpractice Lawyer Serving Los Angeles

Medical malpractice suits can be extremely complicated and involved. Your lawyer must prove that the injuries you sustained were as a result of some form of medical negligence, misdiagnosis, improper procedures, unskilled action or inaction, from the medical professionals responsible for your care. Although accidents do happen in, medical malpractice is a blatantly deviation from the accepted medical standard of care, and has to be shown as such in order to win a medical malpractice case.

We understand you may have questions. In order to help answer those questions, we have compiled answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

What types of medical malpractice cases does your law firm handle?
Our firm handles all types of medical malpractice cases. For over six decades, we have been helping clients recover the compensation they need to pay for medical expenses, care and long-term treatment, for the injuries they sustained due to the negligence of a medical professional. Our interest is in helping you recover and be able to move forward with your life as best as possible. From birth injuries to paralysis, from injuries caused by contaminated instruments or medical equipment failure to medication errors and more, our firm is committed to providing you with the aggressive representation you need.

How will compensation help now and in the future?
While money alone can never reverse the damage caused by a negligent doctor, it can provide financial relief for things like present and future medical expenses, rehabilitation, medication, and non-economic damages like pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life.

How much will it cost to have your firm represent me?
Our firm works on a contingency fee basis. This means that we are not paid unless we win your case. Our payment is a percentage of your total recovery. We work in this fashion as it not only motivates us to fight hard to protect your rights and interests in order to win your case, but we understand the financial hardship you may be feeling during such a stressful time. Our interest is in helping you. We have won more than $750 million dollars we have recovered on behalf of our clients.

Are all medical mistakes considered malpractice?
No. There is a certain margin of error that is accepted in the medical field. A mistake becomes malpractice when it exceeds the accepted standard. In addition, most medical procedures do not have a 100% success rate and they usually have known complications. Examples of malpractice include performing surgery on the wrong limb, or failing to perform a necessary cesarean section.

By the time I was diagnosed with my medical condition, the damage was irreversible. Do I have a “failure to diagnose” case?
You may. Some health conditions are inherently difficult to diagnose or are incredibly rare. If, however, your doctor failed to conduct all the necessary diagnostic tests, neglected the medical evidence in front of them, or otherwise failed to make a proper diagnosis when any other medical practitioner in good faith could have made a correct diagnosis, then you may have a claim.

Why should I choose your firm?
Our firm is broadly recognized as one of the best medical malpractice law firms in the country. We have over six decades of experience representing clients and in that time, we have won more than $750 million dollars in compensation for our clients. Our firm received the Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award of Merit" for winning the largest verdict of its type in all of California. We are also members of The American Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates and we have been certified by the American Board of Professional Liability. Additionally, we hold a number of state and national records for verdicts and settlements, so we have a proven record of success.

Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Attorney

Our firm understands how devastating it can be to sustain serious injuries at the hand of the medical professional(s) you entrusted with your care. That is why our firm is here to help you through this difficult time, by providing you with the legal care, attention and aggressive representation you need when fighting the insurance company, medical provider, hospital or other medical professional. We take medical malpractice cases very seriously and we fight hard to see that the rights and interests of our clients are well-representing and protected.

Please contact us if you have further questions or wish you schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your medical malpractice case.

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Testimonials From Our Clients

  • “Mr. Peterson and his team worked tirelessly with dedication.”


  • “The difference between Jim and all the other firms — he does not give up until he is satisfied.”

    Former Client

  • “Erik and his team made my family feel super comfortable throughout this entire process and they were helpful every step of the way.”


  • “A hundred times over would recommend working with Erik. He is very knowledgeable, professional, prompt, and direct. A solid lawyer.”


  • “Mr. Peterson, along with his team, helped us navigate the legal system and were always prompt in their follow-ups and with any questions we had.”


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