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Personal Injury FAQ

Personal Injury FAQ

What Should I Do If I Was Injured in an Accident?

Seek help from a medical professional as soon as possible, and then call a lawyer.

Experienced attorneys like those at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP can evaluate your rights and legal options and work immediately on investigating and gathering evidence for your claim. Victims of negligence have the right to hold people who caused them preventable harm liable for their losses. A qualified attorney can help guide you through the process.

Why Do I Need an Attorney for My Personal Injury Case?

An attorney may be able to provide you with a better chance of recovering compensation than if you were to file a claim on your own. In fact, statistics show plaintiffs with representation recover over three times more compensation in personal injury cases those without a lawyer.

Insurance companies can be difficult to deal with, and they rarely pay out adequate injury settlements if they avoid it. Similarly, personal injury litigation can be complex, and without a thorough knowledge of the court system, it may be difficult to secure the money award you deserve.

Our attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP have dedicated decades of their lives to representing victims in all types of personal injury and medical malpractice claims. We know the ins-and-outs of these cases, and are able to effectively handle them while our clients focus on recovering.

What Compensation Am I Entitled to In My Case?

That depends on the circumstances of your accident, but in general, a successful claim can award financial compensation for the economic and non-economic damages suffered by victims. This can include compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • ER, hospital, and medical bills
  • Rehab / therapy expenses
  • Future medical needs
  • Loss of income and future wages
  • Loss of quality or enjoyment of life
  • Loss of companionship and consortium
  • Property damage
  • Other damages

Our attorneys have earned a reputation for helping clients obtain the compensation they need and deserve. We take into account all the ways that injuries have impacted our clients and their families, as well as how they are likely to affect them in the future. With this, we fight for the maximum recovery possible.

How Long Will it Take for My Case to Be Resolved?

This depends on many factors, including the injuries you have sustained, the severity of those injuries, and the number of other people involved in the accident.

An insurance company may be willing to pay you a fair settlement in a matter of days, weeks, or months. If a fair settlement from the insurance company is not forthcoming, or if legal action in a court is necessary, it may take years for you to reach a resolution in your case. Hiring an attorney will serve to increase the likelihood of a case that is resolved in an efficient manner.

Have more questions? Contact us for a FREE consultation.


  • Personal Injury, Brain Injury, Auto/Truck Accident Record-Setting Result $21,000,000

    Verdict for a 56-year-old woman who was injured when her car was struck by a truck.

  • Personal Injury, Product Liability, Brain Injury Record-Setting Result $7,760,000

    Product liability settlement for an ambulatory brain-injured child.

  • Personal Injury, Legal Malpractice, Spinal Cord Injury Record-Setting Result $6,400,000

    San Francisco record legal malpractice verdict for failure to identify medical malpractice case for 32-year-old C-6 quadriplegic.

  • Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Motorcycle Accident Record-Setting Result $5,000,000

    Record settlement for the death of a 14-year-old child.

  • Personal Injury, Product Liability $5,000,000

    Product liability settlement for a swimming pool malfunction.

  • Personal Injury, Product Liability $4,000,000

    Settlement for intestinal injury to a child caught in defectively designed wading pool vacuum system.

  • Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability $2,750,000

    Settlement for a woman who was tragically killed when the external staircase leading to her apartment collapsed.

  • Personal Injury, Brain Injury $2,000,000

    Case against child protective services for the brain injury to three-year-old attacked by foster mother after several previous episodes went unheeded by county personnel.

  • Personal Injury, Product Liability, Brain Injury $1,100,000

    Full policy limits of homeowner insurance for the brain injury of a two-year-old who fell in a pool that was not adequately fenced.

  • Personal Injury, Legal Malpractice $1,000,000

    Policy limits settlement where poor legal advice resulted in tax liability.


Nationally Recognized Law Firm

  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The 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 2020
    Super Lawyers 2020

    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

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

    ~Hawaii Chapter~

  • 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.

  • Best Law Firms
    Best Law Firms

    Recognized for professional excellence with impressive ratings from clients and peers.

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 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 - Best Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Honolulu 2024
    Expertise - Best Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Honolulu 2024

    Selected to the 2024 Best Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Honolulu list by Expertise.

  • Expertise - Best Wrongful Death Attorneys in Honolulu 2024
    Expertise - Best Wrongful Death Attorneys in Honolulu 2024

    Selected to the 2024 Wrongful Death Attorneys in Honolulu list by Expertise.


Why Choose Bostwick & Peterson, LLP?

  • James Bostwick Is A Nationally Certified Specialist By The American Board Of Professional Liability
  • Included In The List Of "Best Lawyers In America" By U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Since Its Inception In 1983
  • James Bostwick Received The Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award Of Merit"
  • Invite-Only Member Of The Inner Circle of Advocates, Limited To The Nation’s Top 100 Plaintiff Lawyers
  • Record-Setting Verdicts & Settlements In Four States, For Malpractice, Truck, And Auto Accidents
  • Best Lawyers® Trial Lawyer Of The Year In 2012

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