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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.


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

  • $21,000,000 Personal Injury, Brain Injury, 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.
  • $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.

Inland Empire Personal Injury Attorneys

Helping Accident Victims in Riverside, San Bernardino & Beyond

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 with your potential injury claim. You could be entitled to compensation for your losses.

At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, we understand the details that affect cases like yours. Our Riverside personal injury 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 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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Put Experience On Your Side

After a serious, life-altering injury, where should you turn? Contact the experienced Inland Empire personal injury lawyers 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 from our offices in San Bernardino, Riverside, San Francisco, and beyond.

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