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What are Some of the Most Dangerous Medical Errors

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If you are like most people, you count on your family physician, surgeon, dentist, and specialist to all provide the highest standard of care for medical issues large and small. Unfortunately, doctors and hospitals are not infallible, and even esteemed medical establishments and practitioners can make mistakes. To learn more about medical malpractice and medical injuries, review this guide to the most dangerous types of medical mistakes.

General Misdiagnosis
The most common kind of medical malpractice results from a diagnostic error. An incorrect diagnosis can cause a delay in administering treatment, and the results can be deadly.

Obstetrical Malpractice
Obstetrical malpractice refers to birth injuries that result from medical negligence. Physicians may fail to respond properly to bleeding or fetal distress, may inappropriately delay ordering a C-section, and may even misuse a vacuum extractor or forceps. Poor newborn care after birth also qualifies as medical malpractice. Sadly, this form of medical malpractice can result in lifelong neurological problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, and learning deficits.

Medication Errors
Medication mistakes take place in a hospital when a nurse or doctor administers the wrong medication to a patient or fails to provide the patient’s regular medication. Because many people rely on daily prescriptions to manage chronic conditions, the results of medical malpractice can be severe.

Grievous Mistakes
Sadly, some mistakes are simply so shocking that they defy reason. Common examples include leaving sponges, scissors, and other tools in patients’ bodies after surgery, operating on the wrong patient, and amputating the incorrect limb. While rare, such instances of medical malpractice do occur.

When you work with a medical malpractice lawyer, you deserve to have an experienced, trustworthy, and reliable attorney. At the Law Office of Pegalis & Erickson, we are proud to be the winner of two of the highest medical malpractice awards in the state of New York. Our medical malpractice attorneys have more than 40 years of experience representing Long Island area victims and their families after medical or birth injuries. You can find out more by calling us today at (516) 684-2900.

Happy Independence Day from Pegalis and Erickson! Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones With These Tips!


Happy Independence Day! Our wish is for everyone to enjoy their independence, family, friends, and the great outdoors.  Caregivers, your medical and spiritual independence is as important as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! Here’s a few tips: 

Take good care of yourself to celebrate Independence Day! Being a good caregiver starts with using your independence to take care of yourself!

  • Take time to relax daily and find ways to de-stress, even for a few minutes.
  • Talk things out with someone to help sort your feelings.
  • Pay heed to your spirit. Consider pray or mediation, or a hobby you love
  • Avoid isolation by maintaining friends. Visit with and nurture relationships, even if that means on the phone or online.

Medical Mistakes: Air Bubbles

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Oxygen is present in blood and many other tissues. However, air bubbles inside sensitive tissue may obstruct blood flow and cause serious medical complications.

The most common way for bubbles to form is through an improper suture following the removal of a chest tube. Air bubbles can be sucked into the wounded area and cut off essential blood flow to the kidneys, brain, and lungs. If the hospital staff does not mitigate this problem quickly, the effects may be grave. It is important to note that inaction on behalf of medical professionals may give you grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the medical facility.

If you suspect that your medical complications were caused by a doctor’s carelessness, consult a lawyer as soon as possible. New Yorkers in need of legal advice regarding medical malpractice should call the Law Office of Pegalis & Erickson at (516) 684-2900. We offer free consultations to first time clients and can help you understand the strength of your claim. Schedule an appointment today to learn about all possible legal options.

Could a computer virus affect your medical device?

Medical devices contain embedded computer systems that can be vulnerable to cyber security breaches. To address the risk of computer viruses, the FDA has issued it’s first-ever cyber security guidance for hospitals and for manufacturers of medical devices.

Oliva Elected to Nassau County Women's Bar Association

Lake Success, NY, June 2013…Pegalis and Erickson, LLC, announce the election of their Associate, Linda M. Oliva, to the Board of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association (NCWBA). Oliva takes over as Corresponding Secretary for the 2013-2014 year, in this her second term.

Ms. Oliva has been a distinguished attorney for plaintiffs in medical negligence cases for the past 20 years. She handles all aspects of pretrial litigation and appeals to represent patients in birth injury, surgical, neurosurgical, cardiac, and women’s health care negligence including the failure to diagnose and treat breast cancer.  “I’m proud to serve on the NCWBA, most especially to work with leaders on our committees to mentor law students, help women enter the workforce, and support breast cancer research,” said Oliva.

At Pegalis & Erickson, Ms. Oliva represents many of the firm’s Latino clients and educates them on legal rights and patient awareness. She dedicates considerable time to community services, notably breast cancer awareness activities through the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition and the Adelphi Breast Cancer hotline.  Ms. Oliva is also an active member in her civic association, and mentors students at the ABGS Middle School in Hempstead, New York.  LMO Bio  In addition to her role on the NCWBA, Ms. Oliva is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association, the American Association for Justice, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and (LIWA) the Long Island Women’s Agenda.  Oliva received her law degree from St. John’s University, and her bachelors from Hofstra University.  She is admitted to practice law in New York State and in the Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. .


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