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  • AV Preeminent

    Indicates the highest level of professional legal ability and ethics.

  • Inner Circle

    James Bostwick is a member of the invitation-only group of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocatesa

    Exclusively for attorneys that have recovered millions of dollars in recoveries for clients. Fewer than 1% of lawyers in the nation are members.

  • Best Lawyers

    Attorney James Bostwick has been selected to the list of the Best Lawyers in America since 1983.

  • The National Trial Lawyers

    James Bostwick & Erik Peterson have been voted to the list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

  • Best Law Firms 2019

    The firm has received the prestigious "Best law Firms" rating in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates

    An invitation-only group of top trial lawyers in the nation.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Attorney James Bostwick is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization comprised of the most accomplished trial lawyers from across the globe.

  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

    Attorney James Bostwick is a certified Medical Plaintiff with the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.


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

  • $11,000,000 Neonatal Injury
    Settlement for Neonatal blindness injuries to premature triplets after failure to diagnose condition in a timely manner. This case involved neonatal blindness injuries to premature triplets from retinopathy of prematurity. One child was almost completely blind; one child was almost completely blind in one eye and had partial loss of vision in the other eye; and the third child had some functional diminution of vision, primarily in one eye. Retinopathy of prematurity (what used to be called rebrolentna fibroplasia can be treated if timely diagnosed. It is a common problem in premature infants. We contended that the hospital, neonatologist, and pediatricians failed to properly follow up and screen these children and failed to diagnose the condition in a timely manner. The defendants contended that the mother had been properly warned about the condition and failed to obtain an eye exam in a timely fashion after the triplets were discharged from the hospital. This confidential settlement is believed to be the largest of its type in the history of the state of occurrence.
  • $10,680,000 Birth Injury
    This California birth injury settlement is a state record. The defendants failed to monitor this fetus during critical times before the birth and when they did resume monitoring the child was in distress. The baby suffered profound cerebral palsy and will require 24 hour care for the remainder of its life. The value of the confidential settlement is based on the cost of an annuity to fund the settlement amount plus the cash agreed upon.
  • $10,000,000 Birth Injury
    Record settlement for an obstetrical case. Our birth injury specialist recently settled a case for $10,000,000 for birth injuries to a child now 3 years of age. The 17 year old mother had a normal pre-natal course, was admitted to the hospital for a trial of labor with normal fetal heart tones on the monitor strip. Rupture of membranes later revealed clear fluid and thereafter, a pattern of variable and late decelerations developed with retained variability. In the early morning hours, the late and variable decelerations continued with diminished variability. The baseline became tachycardic with diminished variability with persistent significant mixed late and variable decelerations with slow recovery. This continued for approximately four hours to the birth. The mother developed a fever or 38.5 after the epidural was given. The baby demonstrated a similar after birth with a pH of 6.98 with a base deficit of 15.4. The defendants contend that there was not sufficient loss of variability to justify intervention. They contended that the cord gas did not evidence significant metabolic acidosis and the child course after birth was more consistent with intrauterine infection, bacterial infection than interpartem hypoxia. Plaintiffs contended that there was clear evidence of non-reassuring fetal heart tones suggestive of metabolic acidosis which required earlier intervention. Plaintiffs contended that the baby’s presentation after birth was classic for interpartum asphyxia and met most of ACOG’s guidelines for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy from interpartum events. The child is a spastic quadriplegic, tube fed with global delays, including severe cognitive deficits. Defense contented life-expectancy was limited. Plaintiffs contended life expectancy was near normal. This is believed to be a record settlement for an obstetrical case. This confidential settlement is considered to be a record settlement or verdict in the state where it was obtained.
  • $9,960,000 Medical Malpractice
    This case against UCSF Medical Center was the largest medical malpractice settlement in California history at the time. 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," which was relieved by Advil. The EKG was normal; there were no cardiac risk factors. The doctor diagnosed chest muscle strain and allowed the decedent to fly on to Colorado and then Mexico where he died 7 days after the clinic visit. Unfortunately, his tissue was severely decomposed when it was returned to the United States. There was no evidence of infarction, but there was an 85% sclerotic lesion in the right coronary artery and congenital narrowing of the left coronary artery. We contended that the decedent died of cardiac ischemia. Defendants argued that the decedent appeared healthy and in no distress and therefore the clinic symptoms were not cardiac and his death was probably from some other cause. Our wrongful death attorneys believe that this was the largest pre-judgment medical malpractice settlement in California history as of 2002.
  • $8,900,000 Labor and Delivery Injury
    Record trial judgment for improper use of vacuum extraction and failure to timely deliver baby. Our birth injury lawyers tried a case against the United States government in the Federal District Court of Hawaii. It was our contention that this 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. Our birth injury lawyers were told at the time that this was the highest Ninth Circuit award for an individual in a medical malpractice case.

San Diego Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Over $750 Million in Compensation Recovered

Patients trust physicians to treat them safely. When doctors and other medical practitioners break that trust and breach their duty of care, patients can suffer severely. Fortunately, medical malpractice law exists to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for their failures and wrongful conduct. Medical malpractice laws also allow victims and families harmed by negligent health care providers to recover financial compensation.

If you or someone in your family has suffered preventable harm, or if your loved one has died, as a result of a medical professional's negligent or wrongful acts, you may be entitled to compensation. Our San Diego medical malpractice lawyers are prepared to review your case, explain whether you are eligible to file a claim, and how we can help you through your journey.

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

The San Diego birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP have secured record-setting verdicts and settlements involving cases that include brachial plexus injuries, cerebral palsy, fractures and other injuries. When birth injuries arise out of medical negligence, our firm fights to ensure that the negligent party is held responsible for their actions, and that the victims are cared for financially. Birth injuries can leave a child with injuries that last a lifetime, which requires ongoing medical care and full compensation.

Our San Diego medical malpractice attorneys are specially qualified to handle these serious cases. In fact, Mr. Bostwick is one of the few medical malpractice lawyers in the nation to be certified as a specialist in this area of practice by the American Board of Professional Liability. When you choose Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, you can rest assured that proven and compassionate attorneys will be fighting for you.

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Bostwick & Peterson, LLP is one of the nation's leading medical malpractice law firms. Founding Attorney James S. Bostwick is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates - Top 100 Plaintiff Trial Lawyers. This invitation-only organization represents 100 of the best plaintiff lawyers in the entire nation. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only organization of top trial lawyers throughout the United States of America.

When facing large medical facilities, doctors and insurance companies, Bostwick & Peterson, LLP has proven its ability to build strong cases and get clients maximum financial compensation for their injuries. If you're dealing with a medical malpractice case, you can be confident about placing your trust in our accomplished legal team.

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