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Skin Cancer: Know the Dangers and Take Action

It is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and professional skin checks with your dermatologist are important for everybody. The effectiveness of early treatment is why it’s so critical to diagnose skin cancer as early as possible. Here’s what you need to know about #skincancer:

How prevalent is skin cancer and is it treatable?
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. In the U.S. there are more newly diagnosed cases of skin cancer today than all other cancers put together. Some 20 percent of Americans will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime. The three most common types of skin cancer are melanoma, squamous cell carcinomas, and basal cell carcinomas. Melanoma is highly treatable in its early stages, but it becomes progressively harder to treat as it worsens. Squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas are also both curable if they are caught early.

Can skin cancer be misdiagnosed?
Unfortunately, signs of skin cancer do get missed by medical professionals, even experienced ones, during skin checks. Dangerous carcinomas may be confused with acne, and a melanoma can be mistaken for a harmless mole. Early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment for many types of skin cancer. If a medical professional failed to diagnose your skin cancer in a timely way, you can call an experienced medical negligence attorney for a free consultation to find out what your rights are.

If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson, LLC in New York. We advocate for people of all ages to help our clients obtain justice and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us now at (516) 858-2194.

Learn the Warning Signs During Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Preeclampsia is a serious condition that can happen to women during pregnancy. This condition is characterized by unprecedentedly high blood pressure levels and may also involve liver and kidney damage. If it goes untreated and becomes severe, preeclampsia can have serious health consequences for both mother and child. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 3 percent of all pregnancies in the United States may be impacted by preeclampsia.

The possible symptoms of preeclampsia include chronic headaches, vision changes, reduced urination, hyperreflexia, shortness of breath, sudden weight gain, and swelling in the face, hands, or ankles. In many cases, however, the symptoms are not recognized and attributed to pregnancy in general. May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to educate yourself about the condition and the importance of proper screenings during pregnancy.

If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson, LLC in New York. For 45 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

Health Tests to Ask Your Doctor About

Getting the right screenings from your doctor when you need them is essential to staying healthy and protecting yourself from potential health problems. All too often, however, doctors don’t recommend the tests that their patients require. Here are some of the most important health tests you should be sure to ask about during your next visit to your doctor’s office.

Depression
If you’re showing any of the symptoms of depression, you should ask your doctor about getting a screening. Some of the most common signs of depression include a nagging feeling of hopelessness, lack of energy, poor appetite, and feeling little interest or excitement over activities that once brought you pleasure.

Blood pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, can raise your chances of stroke, heart failure, and other serious health problems. If you are over the age of 20, you should have a blood pressure test performed at least once every two years. If repeated tests show that you have hypertension, your doctor can recommend a course of action to lower your blood pressure.

Cholesterol
Having high cholesterol levels can put you at greater risk of heart disease. Unfortunately, high cholesterol generally doesn’t present any symptoms, which makes routine testing more important. If you’re older than 35, you should have your cholesterol levels checked at least once every five years.

Vitamin D deficiency
As many as three-fourths of all Americans may lack the vitamin D they need to keep their muscles and bones healthy. Individuals most at risk for vitamin D deficiency include people with osteoporosis, people who have celiac disease, and people who are obese. If you think you may be at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency, ask your doctor to test you.

If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 45 years we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

Hospital Errors to Watch For

When you go to the hospital, it’s only natural to expect that you’ll be treated in a careful, competent, and professional way. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. If you’re treated improperly in a hospital setting, it can have serious effects on your health and well-being. You can do your part to protect yourself as a patient by watching for these common hospital errors:

Medication errors
If you are given the wrong medication—or the wrong dosage—in a hospital setting, the results can be deadly. Not only might your condition be worsened by not receiving the medication you need, but the medication you do get could have an adverse reaction. Make sure that you understand your medication instructions, and that you have all of your medication information with you at the hospital.

Poor hand hygiene
The majority of hazardous germs and viruses are spread from person to person through their hands. It’s important for healthcare professionals to clean their hands using hand sanitizer or soap and water between treating each patient. Failure to observe this rule can result in pathogens being spread from one patient to another, resulting in needless sickness.

False patient identification
As unbelievable as it may sound, it happens: A patient’s identity is not confirmed by the medical professionals providing treatment, and the patient receives the wrong treatment. Whether it means not getting the right treatment, being misdiagnosed, or even being subjected to needless treatment such as surgery, false patient identification is a serious issue. Always make sure that every staff member that treats you calls you by your name and checks your wristband.

If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 45 years we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

Misdiagnosing Cerebral Palsy as Autism

Cerebral palsy and autism are different conditions that sometimes have similar symptoms. They both manifest early in life, they are both related to brain malfunction, and they both present some of the same symptoms. Because of this, cerebral palsy is frequently misdiagnosed as autism in young children. If your child has been diagnosed with autism but shows symptoms of cerebral palsy such as involuntary motions or low muscle tone, you should get a second opinion from a different physician. It’s also important to have an attorney you can look to for guidance if it turns out that your child was misdiagnosed at an early age.

Pegalis & Erickson, LLC, represents parents of children who were misdiagnosed or otherwise let down by their medical providers. If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 45 years we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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