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How Men Can Become Self-Advocates for Their Health

Each June, health advocates across the country celebrate Men’s Health Month. This awareness month is intended to empower men to become effective self-advocates. Men—and women—often trust the opinions and advice of their doctors without question. Trust may be a good quality in certain situations, but when it comes to healthcare, raising questions and seeking second opinions can be essential for preventing the consequences of medical malpractice.

Schedule a wellness exam.
Men tend to not see the doctor when they’re healthy (or even when they’re sick). But preventive wellness is a cornerstone of good health, and wellness exams are an important part of that. If it’s been a while since you saw your doctor, make an appointment right away for an annual exam. Your physician will assess your overall health, look for warning signs of medical problems, and counsel you about your lifestyle.

Know your risk factors.
During your wellness exam, you’ll be asked lots of questions about your personal and family medical history. This information helps your doctor assess your risk factors of problems like heart disease and cancer. Unfortunately, not all doctors will take the time to tell you what your medical history reveals. Take the initiative to ask about the problems you may be at risk of developing. Your risk factors will also be based on your typical diet, level of activity, and occupation.

Get screened.Each wellness exam includes a check of your weight, pulse, and blood pressure, but you may need additional health screenings. Don’t assume that your doctor will let you know when it’s time for a cholesterol test, skin cancer screening, colonoscopy, or diabetes test. Be a proactive self-advocate by asking your doctor if you could benefit from having any health screenings, based on your age and other risk factors.

Pegalis & Erickson, LLC is a medical malpractice law firm on Long Island, New York. Our medical malpractice attorneys have been providing effective legal advocacy services for our clients for more than 40 years. If you have concerns that you may have been affected by medical malpractice, please don’t hesitate to call us at (516) 858-2194.

Raising a Child with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy can be a devastating diagnosis for parents to hear. This disorder, which affects muscle tone, balance, and movement, can occur as the result of a birth injury during delivery or right afterwards. Because the effects of cerebral palsy can lead to a lifetime of complications and medical expenses, you should consider contacting a cerebral palsy lawyer if you suspect your child’s condition was caused by medical negligence.

For parents, there is no single road map to follow for raising a child with cerebral palsy. Some children with cerebral palsy have minor symptoms that may only require minimal support services. In other cases, the symptoms can be so severe that the child cannot walk. Speech difficulties and intellectual disability are also possible. Parents of children with cerebral palsy need to work closely with their children’s’ medical team to determine the best treatment options. They also need to make plans for the future if their children’s symptoms are severe enough that they will not be able to care for themselves or support themselves.

If you believe that medical negligence in New York played a part in your child’s illness, the birth injury attorneys at Pegalis & Erickson, LLC are here to help you seek compensation. Speak to an attorney today by calling (516) 858-2194.

Reducing the Risk of Birth Injuries

Birth injuries can have lifelong consequences for parents and kids alike. Although some birth injuries are not preventable and some are caused by medical malpractice, it is possible to take steps to reduce your child’s risk of experiencing this kind of injury. If your child is injured during birth and you suspect that medical negligence played a role, contact a medical malpractice attorney to discuss your case. During your pregnancy, take these steps to reduce the chance of birth injuries.

Get Regular Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is essential for a healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. During your checkups, your doctor can ensure your pregnancy is proceeding as expected and identify any signs of complications that could interfere with a healthy delivery. For instance, if you are diagnosed with preeclampsia, then your doctor will provide treatment to protect you and your baby from the potential complications of that condition. If your doctor fails to identify a potential complication such as gestational diabetes or elevated blood pressure, and provide proper treatment to void a birth injury, contact a medical malpractice attorney to see if the mistake could be classified as medical malpractice.

Have Screening Tests
There is a range of screening tests that can be used during pregnancy to determine if you and your baby are progressing towards a healthy delivery. Attend all of your recommended ultrasound appointments and have any medical tests requested by your doctor. If your doctor diagnoses developmental problems with your baby during an ultrasound, determines that your baby is not in a safe position for birth, or diagnoses a medical problem through another kind of testing, he or she can take precautions during the delivery process. If you doctor doesn’t diagnose a problem that should have been clear from these diagnostic procedures and your child later experiences a birth injury, then medical negligence could be to blame.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Some lifestyle choices you make during pregnancy, such as smoking or gaining more weight than is recommended, could increase your child’s chance of having a birth injury. Be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations so you can have the best chance of a healthy delivery.

At Pegalis & Erickson, LLC, we understand how confusing and stressful life can be in the aftermath of a birth injury. Our medical malpractice lawyers are here to help you decide what steps to take to protect your child’s future. To find out more, please call (516) 858-2194.

Spotlight on Men's Health

This month is the perfect time to boost your knowledge of men’s health matters! Being proactive to protect men from diagnostic medical errors could change their lives forever, and it starts by becoming better informed. Regular checkups and screenings can catch diseases before they worsen and cause complications. If it’s been a year or more since your last check-up, it’s time to see you’re your primary care physician. Start a health care journal. Be sure doctor visits include checking your weight, blood pressure and heart rate. Ask about health screenings that may be appropriate for you by discussing your age, family medical history, and personal medical history. You can benefit from having a cholesterol test, blood glucose test, and a prostate exam regularly. Inquire about updated or new vaccinations for the flu, pneumonia, and shingles. Jot down results and vaccines in your journal so you can compare later.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of men’s death and delayed medical diagnosis happen too often. Men should learn the symptoms and not rely solely on their doctors to provide screening recommendations and lifestyle advice. Vascular disease like aortic disease can begin with high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, connective tissue disorders, and genetic conditions. When narrowed blood vessels cause a reduction of blood flow to the limbs, it is known as peripheral artery disease. PAD can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. Symptoms include leg pain while walking, cramping, and slow healing sores.

One type of cancer that is overlooked is testicular cancer, although one the most treatable and curable kinds, when caught early. Testicular cancer more often affects younger men and those with a family history are at greater risk. Medical negligence can delay a diagnosis, resulting in costlier treatment and poorer outcomes. Symptoms can include dull pain in the back, groin, or abdomen, or the scrotum feeling “heavy.” If symptomatic see your doctor for an ultrasound and blood test.

Take responsibility for being proactive about men’s health for yourself and the loved ones in your life. If you have concerns about any medical treatment you received, call Pegalis & Erickson Law toll-free for a no-cost consultation at 1-866- MED-MAL7.

The Risk of Medication Errors

Medication errors can have serious consequences for people who receive the wrong drugs or the wrong doses in a medical setting. If you have been affected by this kind of error by a healthcare provider and believe that medical negligence is to blame, consider allowing a medical malpractice lawyer to evaluate your case.

Medication errors occur when a person is given either an incorrect medication or the wrong dosage of the right medication. Automated dispensing cabinets, which are used in many healthcare settings, have been identified as major contributors to medication errors. Mistakes in loading dispensing drawers in these cabinets can easily lead to a provider giving someone the wrong medication.

If a medication error has had disastrous consequences for you, make an appointment with Pegalis & Erickson, LLC to review your case with an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Long Island. We can help you decide how to proceed with your claim and seek damages for your injuries. Set up an appointment with an attorney by calling (516) 858-2194.

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