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Is There Anything That You Can Do to Help Prevent Medication Errors?

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Every day, American doctors write thousands of prescriptions for pharmaceutical drugs and treatments. Men, women, and children rely on this medicine to treat a wide range of short-term and chronic conditions, from sinus infections to back pain to cancer. When a medication error causes a patient to get the wrong medicine, an incorrect dosage, or insufficient information, there can be devastating health consequences. Here is what patients can do to avoid falling victim to this kind of medical malpractice.

Ask Questions
To get the most benefits from your medicine, it’s important to understand how it works. Be sure to ask your doctor the name of the medication and its purpose, and jot down notes about the proper dosage and potential side effects. Always provide all physicians with your medical history and a list of current medications to avoid harmful interactions. Finally, ask if there are any foods, drinks, or activities you should avoid while taking the prescription.

Read All Labels
When you pick up your medicine, double-check the label to make sure that it matches your physician’s notes. If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to ask the pharmacist, and don’t sign off on any documents until you feel satisfied. Next, read every word of the label very carefully.

Request Documentation
Your last step before leaving the pharmacy should be to take a look at the medicine and request printed information sheets. Many medications today come with both standard labels and smaller pamphlets that both explain how to take the medicine and outline potential side effects. Always inquire further if your medicine looks different from your previous dosage or the pharmacist fails to provide extra instructions.

Patients put their trust in doctors, hospitals, and pharmacists, and medical mistakes made by these trusted professionals can have lifelong effects. If you have suffered a medical injury or were the victim of medical malpractice, contact the Law Office of Pegalis & Erickson in Long Island. Our medical malpractice attorneys offer free consultations, and we speak Spanish, Russian, and Greek. You can reach us by calling (516) 684-2900.

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We're pleased to learn four of our lawyers will be named a 2014 Best Lawyer by U.S. News&World Report. Congrats to Sanford Nagrotsky, Stephen Erickson, Steven Pegalis, and Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard.

Does a Doctor Performing an Unnecessary Procedure Warrant a Medical Malpractice Suit?

In some cases, a single physician may face multiple allegations of medical malpractice. Watch this video to see how one negligent doctor inflicted medical injuries on multiple patients throughout the tri-state area.

Several patients filed suits against a single physician after reportedly having unnecessary surgeries. One patient had spinal surgery as an infant that left him with chronic pain and prohibited him from following his lifelong dream to join the Marines. Another patient maintains that the doctor warned her that she would face paralysis or death without a surgery that other physicians deemed unnecessary.

You can learn everything you need to know about common medical injuries and how to file a medical malpractice claim by contacting the Law Office of Pegalis & Erickson at (516) 684-2900. Our Long Island medical malpractice team can help you understand your legal rights.

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.

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