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Why Do Medication Errors Occur?

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Medication error refers to any mistake in prescribing, dispensing, or administering medicine. According to the Mayo Clinic, medication errors injure more than one million people in the United States each year. Luckily, patients can lower their risk of experiencing a medication error by taking an active role in their health care.

Medication errors can happen in a variety of places, including a patient’s home. However, the majority of medication errors occur in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and pharmacies. Some of the leading causes of medication errors in hospitals include poor communication between health care providers and sound-alike medication names or abbreviations. Whenever a patient starts a new medication, he or she should as the doctor for an explanation, including asking for the name of the generic variation. The patient should also research the recommended dosage along with any foods, drinks, or other medications that should be avoided while taking this new medicine.

Call (516) 684-2900 to schedule a consultation with Pegalis & Erickson of Long Island. Our medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of seriously injured individuals and their families.  

What Is Birth-Related Medical Malpractice?

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Birth-related medical malpractice refers to a situation in which a doctor, nurse, or member of the medical staff failed to use reasonable care when handling a pregnancy or delivery. Birth-related medical malpractice can cause physical injuries to either the mother or the child.

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Medical malpractice can occur both during delivery and prior to the delivery period. A common example is if a doctor fails to monitor the baby’s oxygen levels either before or during the delivery. Other instances of medical malpractice may include for failing to control the mother’s blood loss after the delivery period, causing injury or death to the mother. If a doctor’s failure resulted in injuries to the infant, then the parents can bring a lawsuit on behalf of the newborn, asking for damages like cost of suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, and compensation for future critical medical costs and therapies.

Birth-injury claims and medical malpractice lawsuits involve complex medical and legal issues, so it’s important to seek the help of a medical malpractice attorney. Pegalis & Erickson has been representing seriously injured individuals in Long Island for more than 40 years. Call (516) 684-2900 to schedule an appointment. 

U.S. Census Bureau says only 20% of all households are married couples with children.

What do you think of the news that more Americans are living alone? New report from U.S. Census Bureau says 28% of all households are single-person, compared to only 17% in 1970.  Also, today only 20% of all household are married couples with kids, compared to 40% in 1970. 

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Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

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The holiday season can be a difficult time for people with high blood pressure. If your blood pressure gets too high, it can cause significant harm to your arteries and your entire body. Everyone wants to avoid trips to the hospital emergency room, especially when there may be skeleton crews and a chance for medical negligence. For many, the holiday season provides many opportunities for rich foods, alcoholic beverages, and stress—all of which can increase one’s blood pressure. As long as you adhere to your healthcare provider’s suggestions and consider the following tips, you can prevent your blood pressure from reaching dangerous heights this holiday season.

Enjoy Low-Fat and Low Sugar Alternatives

The heavy foods and sugary desserts of the holiday season can cause your arteries to narrow, thus increasing your blood pressure. While it’s okay to indulge in high-calorie meals occasionally, you should opt for low-fat, low-sugar, and low-sodium alternatives whenever you can. For example, you might buy low-fat eggnog or use a sugar substitute in your cookie recipes.

Limit Your Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol can be an ever-present part of holiday celebrations. Again, while it may be fine to have a drink occasionally during the holiday season, too many can increase your blood pressure. Instead of drinking during holiday events, consider reaching for the sparkling water instead. Doctors recommend healthy persons drink no more than one alcoholic beverage a day if your medications do not indicate otherwise.

Find Time for Exercise

Between putting up decorations, planning meals, and shopping for presents, the holiday season can bring a lot of stress while leaving little time for exercise. Still, it’s important that you find time to stay active—even if it’s just a short walk. Getting your heart rate up on a regular basis can help you burn calories and strengthen your blood vessels. Regular exercise is also great for reducing stress, which can help you keep your blood pressure at a reasonable level. Everyone needs to be an informed patient, and that begins with understand your health conditions and speaking up when you do not.

The attorneys at Pegalis & Erickson have helped those suffering from avoidable medical mistakes obtain fair compensation for over 40 years. Call our Long Island practice at (516) 684-2900 or visit our website if you have any questions about medical malpractice. We hope you and your family have a safe holiday season.

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