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Santa Monica

Santa Monica Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Nationally Recognized Malpractice Attorneys

Bostwick & Peterson, LLP is one of the nation’s most successful medical malpractice firms. Having won both state and national records, our team is trusted by colleagues and clients across the U.S.

  • We have won over $1 billion in compensation for clients and have secured record results in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Washington, and Oklahoma.
  • Since 2018, we have twice set the California record for largest medical malpractice recovery in state history.
  • We’re a U.S. News “Best Law Firms” Tier 1 medical malpractice firm and our attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America.

Leading Malpractice Lawyers Serving the Santa Monica Area

Our attorneys are personally committed to fighting for the injured. Attorney James Bostwick is a Board Certified Medical Malpractice Specialist and member of the exclusive Inner Circle of Advocates organization, which is limited to the top 100 plaintffs’ trial lawyers in the country. Attorney Erik L. Peterson is a Fellow of the Litigation Councel of America and recently secured the largest malpractice recovery in California history.

We know these are difficult times, which is why we:

  • Offer no-cost, no-obligation consultations.
  • Don’t charge anything to hire.
  • Collect a fee if and only when we win.

If you have a malpractice case to discuss, contact us for a case evaluation.

We Handle All Types of Malpractice Claims

A civil claim is often the only way that victims can get the closure and compensation they need. We have extensive experience with claims involving newborns and children, and represent families with children who have been harmed due to birth injuries, pediatric meningitis, or a failure to diagnose. We handle cases of injury caused by radiation, anesthesia error, and Kaiser malpractice.

Other cases we handle:

Examples of Our Results

Bostwick & Peterson is known for our results. We have won more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements and routinely set and break records for largest recoveries Here are just a few:

  • $21 Million: mTBI and cognitive deficits resulting from a truck accident.
  • $17 Million: brain injury at birth after providers failed to treat maternal infection.
  • $14 Million: neonatal brain injury due to surgery error.
  • $11.4 Million: failure to monitor fetus, resulting in brain damage and cerebral palsy.
  • $11 Million: failure to diagnose retinopathy of prematurity in triplets.

Our attorneys have achieved exceptional results through their hard work and determination to seek justice for those who have been injured by medical malpractice. When you entrust your health to a medical professional and then suffer a serious injury or lose a loved one, damages extend far beyond the economic. We pursue both economic and non-economic damages for our clients, and know how to fight your right to compensation.

Contact a Santa Monica medical malpractice attorney from our firm for a free evaluation.


  • Medical Malpractice, Cardiac Misdiagnosis, Failure to Diagnose, Wrongful Death Record-Setting Result $9,960,000

    This case against UCSF Medical Center was the largest medical malpractice settlement for a death in California history in 2002.

  • Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Sepsis, Medication Error Record-Setting Result $17,000,000

    Settlement for a brain-injured baby.

  • Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury, Neonatal Injury, Surgical Injury Record-Setting Result $14,000,000

    Surgery error on a 3-day old child resulted in brain injuries.

  • Medical Malpractice, Sepsis, Amputation Record-Setting Result $9,750,000

    Failure to treat sepsis and excessive medication led to the loss of limbs. This is a record-setting result in the state.

  • Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy Record-Setting Result $11,400,000

    Birth injury resulted in Cerebral Palsy. This settlement is a state record.

  • Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury Record-Setting Result $10,000,000

    Record settlement for a birth injury case in that state.

  • Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury Record-Setting Result $8,900,000

    Record trial judgment for improper use of vacuum extraction and failure to timely deliver a baby (1985).

  • Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury Record-Setting Result $7,600,000

    Largest jury verdict in the world in 1978.

  • Medical Malpractice, Neonatal Injury, Failure to Diagnose Record-Setting Result $11,000,000

    Neonatal blindness injuries to premature triplets after failure to diagnose the condition in a timely manner.

  • Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury, Surgical Error, Stroke Injury Record-Setting Result $8,000,000

    Record settlement in 1985 for 16-year-old who went into a coma during knee surgery (Oklahoma).



  • 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 2022
    Super Lawyers 2022

    James S. Bostwick and Erik L. Peterson have been named top-rated medical malpractice attorneys.

  • 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.

  • U.S. News Best Law Firms 2024
    U.S. News 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 Forum
    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    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.

  • Expertise - 2024
    Expertise - 2024 finds and reviews the top service professionals in over 200 industries across the U.S.



  • More Than $1 Billion In Settlements And Verdicts For Our Clients
  • Obtained the Largest Medical Malpractice Settlement in California
  • Included In The List Of "Best Lawyers In America" By U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Since Its Inception In 1983
  • Since January 2018, The Firm Has Twice Broken The California Record For Largest Medical Malpractice Settlements
  • Record-Setting Verdicts & Settlements In Four States, For Malpractice, Truck, And Auto Accidents
  • Invite-Only Member Of The Inner Circle of Advocates, Limited To The Nation’s Top 100 Plaintiff Lawyers
  • James Bostwick Received The Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award Of Merit"
  • James Bostwick Is A Nationally Certified Specialist By The American Board Of Professional Liability


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