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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 Advocates

    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

    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.

Awards

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

  • $21,000,000 Auto/Truck Accident
    Largest California non-punitive verdict for single individual, including interest and costs, Zivic v. Winterland 2001. Involved auto/truck accident with claimed brake failure defense. We recently tried an interesting case in San Francisco County Superior Court. We represented a 56-year-old woman who was injured when her car was struck from behind by a Mack truck at the Fourth Street off-ramp off Highway 280. She was waiting at a stop light when the truck hit the car behind her and then pushed her car into the car in front of her. The driver of the truck claimed that his brakes failed at the last minute. At the scene of the accident she did not seem to be seriously injured; nevertheless, she was taken to the hospital where they discovered she was bleeding into her brain. She was admitted to the hospital for an emergency craniotomy to evacuate a large subdural hematoma. She was in a coma for three days and woke to a partial paralysis. Several months later she had recovered her motor abilities, but had residual cognitive deficits including memory, concentration and the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. She attempted to return to work eight months after the accident as an executive search recruiter, however she was unable to perform the demanding aspects of her job. The defense contended that she was obviously bright, articulate and therefore should be able to work. They also contended that the brake failure could not have been anticipated. We convinced the jury that she was not able to return to her previous employment and there was not a brake failure. The defendant offered $3,500,000 in settlement, which was rejected. The jury awarded $19,631,000. The judgment was entered for this amount plus past interest and costs for a total of $21,000,000. Our investigation indicates that this may be the largest net compensatory (non punitive) award of its type for an individual in California state history.
  • $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.

Inland Empire Personal Injury Attorneys

More Than $750 Million Won for the Injured

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in California’s Inland Empire, in addition to talking with a health care professional and obtaining the medical care you need, you should speak with a lawyer. Your legal rights are important and protecting your future requires knowing where you stand in terms of your potential injury claim. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.

At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, we understand the details that affect cases like yours. Our attorneys are knowledgeable, dedicated, and experienced. We work hard to protect our clients, and the individuals we represent trust us for sincere and effective advocacy. Our lengthy list of awards and accolades proves our reputation for putting our clients first. Our history of case wins proves that we are successful and well prepared to fight for you.

Not only is our professional reputation proven—you can have confidence knowing that we’ve demonstrated our ability in action. With more than $750 million recovered in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, Bostwick & Peterson, LLP is a firm that is ready to back you successfully. You can move forward confidently knowing our team is on your side.

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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

Justice for Victims of Medical Negligence

If you or someone you love was injured through the negligence or wrongdoing of a medical professional, you may have a legal claim to compensation. Bostwick & Peterson is one of the premier medical malpractice law firms in the nation, having won many record-setting recoveries in this category. We handle cases of emergency room error, birth injuries, surgical errors, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, and more.

Medical errors can be costly and life-altering. If you or a loved one was harmed in this way, you deserve compensation to cover the cost of your medical care and emotional distress.

Bostwick & Peterson is familiar with the best practices in handling medical malpractice litigation for plaintiffs. Our extensive knowledge of this field enables us to provide aggressive and effective advocacy for victims. Let us be your voice against hospitals and healthcare providers.

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Record-Setting Attorneys

Put Experience On Your Side

After a serious, life-altering injury, where should you turn? Contact the experienced Inland Empire personal injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP. We handle a wide range of medical malpractice, birth injury, and catastrophic injury cases.

James Bostwick is the founding attorney of Bostwick & Peterson. He is one of the most experienced injury lawyers in California, having won many record-setting verdicts and settlements throughout his 35 years practicing law.

Attorney Erik Peterson is a partner at Bostwick & Peterson. He represents the injured in medical malpractice and catastrophic injury litigation throughout California, including the Inland Empire, from offices in San Bernardino and Riverside.

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