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Medical Malpractice and Breast Cancer


If a doctor fails to order a crucial test, he or she may be held legally responsible for any condition that goes undetected. In the case of cancer, early detection can add years to a loved one’s life. Due to the medical complexity of these situations, it is essential to consult an experienced attorney as soon as you suspect something is wrong. Here is a brief look at medical malpractice and breast cancer misdiagnosis:

Critical Errors
With timely detection and proper treatment, breast cancer may be slowed or eliminated altogether. Patients often seek the advice of doctors when they notice a serious issue. These same doctors are often in the position to diagnose the cancer early during routine check-ups. If they notice abnormalities, these trusted physicians are expected to order further testing or procedures. Failing to properly read a mammogram can be a serious mistake that may lead to delayed treatment of cancer. A recent study of medical malpractice claims found that radiologists were sued more frequently for failing to diagnose breast cancer than any other ailment.

Grounds for a Lawsuit
Doctors are required to employ a reasonable standard of care when helping patients under all circumstances. Due to their advanced training and licensing, these medical practitioners are held to higher standards of care than other professionals. Issues such as misreading radiology scans or x-rays may give patients grounds for a lawsuit. When it comes to breast cancer, doctors who do not order advanced testing, such as a sonogram or mammogram, may be held legally liable for their mistakes.  

Medical malpractice claims require a vast knowledge of both medicine and the law. For this reason, it is essential to choose an experienced attorney to handle your case. At the Long Island firm of Pegalis & Erickson, we have been helping victims of malpractice receive fair compensation for more than 40 years. Call (516) 684-2900 to speak to a skilled attorney at our Lake Success office today.

Doctors Leave 13-Inch Tool in Patient's Body

Medical mistakes do happen, sometimes extreme ones. The man in this video felt even worse long after surgery because doctors had mistakenly left a 13-inch medical tool inside him!  It was spotted during a CAT scan and eventually fixed – but not before causing serious complications.  Medical errors need not be this extreme to file a claim. If you are in need of legal advice regarding medical mistakes consider calling (516) 684-2900 to reach the law office of Pegalis & Erickson

An Update on Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in NYC

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

If a loved one is hurt, a local hospital may be the only option for speedy medical care. This may be a troubling proposition for New York City residents, whose closest hospital may be municipally-run and failing patient care standards. While city hospitals help millions of New Yorkers every year, these medical institutions are also notorious for their numerous cases of malpractice. Below is an update on malpractice lawsuits in NYC:

Unsafe Hospitals
Medical professionals in this city’s over-filled hospitals are often trying to help as many patients as possible while running on too little sleep and high levels of stress. These situations often lead to lapses in judgment and general errors. While surveying NYC hospitals in 2012, Consumer Reports looked at hospital-acquired infections, staff-patient communication, rates of readmission, and discharge numbers to see how these medical providers stacked up against other parts of the country. Unfortunately, New York hospitals ranked as some of the worst.

Options for Holding the City Accountable
When faced with the slow pace of bureaucracy and ineffective hospital management, a medical malpractice lawsuit is one of the most effective ways to hold the city accountable for failing hospitals. The legal standard for filing a claim involves proving that a medical professional directly caused injuries or unnecessary suffering to oneself or a loved one. This proof should show a deviation from the reasonable standard of care that other patients may expect in a similar situation.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or complications as a result of medical malpractice or carelessness at an NYC hospital, you may have a legal claim against the city for the compensation of past and future medical expenses.  Pegalis & Erickson is a local law firm with a proven track record of winning sizable settlements from the city. Call (516) 684-2900 to schedule a consultation with a member of our staff.

Medical Mistakes: Anesthesia Errors


Anesthesia is a fundamental part of the surgical process, which is why it must be administered correctly. Far too often, however, medical injuries occur from mismanaged anesthesia usage. In some cases, patients receive the wrong dose of anesthesia. Other times, an anesthesiologist doesn’t properly examine the patient’s vitals before giving them anesthesia, or, during surgery itself, the anesthesia is improperly administered because of a miscommunication amongst the medical team. Regardless of these circumstances, anesthesia errors are a form of medical malpractice. Medical injuries from anesthesia errors can range from allergic reactions to death. If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of anesthesia misusage, consult a medical malpractice attorney about your legal options.

Pegalis & Erickson can provide capable legal guidance for clients pursuing medical malpractice claims. Our Long Island practice can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your medical injuries. Call (516) 684-2900 or visit our website for more information.

Shocking Medical Mistakes that Changed Medicine

Group of surgeons doing operation in hospital

Medical mistakes and medical injuries happen more frequently than you may realize. Though the majority of procedures successfully treat patients, some cause people greater harm. Medical injuries are a major concern within the healthcare industry, which is why many changes have been implemented to reduce their occurrence and increase care quality. The following medical mistakes have forced the medical community to take notice and make improvements for the health and wellbeing of future patients:

Forgotten Instruments
Even simple surgical procedures require the use of many instruments, sponges, and needles. These tools are necessary to perform the surgery. However, those in the operating room can quickly lose track of the instruments used during surgery. In some cases, the patient’s incision may be stitched close with one or more tools still inside the body. An instance in which a sponge was forgotten during a routine appendectomy led to improved methods for counting surgical tools, including using bar codes and x-ray visible threads.

Anesthesia Errors
Years ago, a straightforward hysterectomy procedure instead turned into an anesthesia-caused fatality. After the patient was intubated through the esophagus instead of her trachea, the medical community implemented several changes to prevent similar accidents. Additionally, with the introduction of electronic monitoring systems, attending anesthesiologists can now regulate a patient’s carbon dioxide levels to avoid unexpected surgical complications.

Wrong Limb Surgeries
All it takes is one mislabeled x-ray or incorrectly draped cloth to cause a medical injury. Miscommunication is the common culprit behind surgeons operating on the wrong arm, leg, or other body part. Unfortunately, it’s the patient who suffers for the rest of their life due to this oversight. In one case, a medical error cost the patient a functional leg. To prevent these medical injuries, surgeons must now mark the site that is to be operated on with the consent of the patient.

If you are the victim of a medical error, call Pegalis & Erickson at (516) 684-2900 for a consultation. Our team of medical malpractice lawyers provides high quality assistance to Long Island residents suffering from medical injuries. Let us help you claim your owed financial compensation.

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