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Steve Erickson named only Lawyer of the Year on Long Island, NY for Personal Injury Litigation

Lake Success, NY, January, 10, 2018… Pegalis and Erickson, LLC is proud to announce that Pegalis & Erickson, LLC has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America© among only 5% of all US law firms. Additionally , founding partner Stephen Erickson is named the only 2018 LAWYER of the Year in Long Island, NY for Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation, by Best Lawyers©. Stephen Erickson, Esq. is the only plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyer on Long Island to receive this honor. He is one of the nation’s foremost medical malpractice trial lawyers. As an advocate across New York State for seriously injured victims of avoidable medical harm, he obtains some of the highest jury verdicts and settlements in New York State history.

The firm itself has also been listed in the coveted New York 2018 Best Law Firms list, as a Tier One Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation and Plaintiffs’ Medical Malpractice Law Firm. In addition, six of our attorneys have been named to the Best Lawyers© list, of which only 4% of all attorneys in the US have been named. Best Lawyers® recognized Steven Pegalis, Stephen Erickson, and Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard for Personal Injury Litigation and Plaintiffs’ Medical Malpractice Law. Attorneys Sanford Nagrotsky, Robert Fallarino, and Linda Oliva, were recognized for Plaintiffs’ Medical Malpractice Law.

“Being named Lawyer of the Year means a great deal in our region of admirable competition, and as a firm we are proud to be named year after year among a handful of U.S. law firms,” said Stephen E. Erickson. “Our dedication to injured patients allows us to succeed on behalf of clients of all ages and backgrounds.”

Firms included in the “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence by peer and client review. There are no fees associated with receiving a ranking. Receiving the Tier One designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned in their industry from the same communities and practice areas.

About Pegalis & Erickson, LLC

Pegalis & Erickson, LLC is a New York law firm that represents seriously injured people that suffer avoidable medical negligence. We are advocates for patient safety and medical accountability to ensure safer medical practices for better patient care. In our 45 years of practice, we have won some of the largest verdicts in New York State history for birth trauma, misdiagnosed cancers, and surgical errors, and have obtained justice for construction and serious accident victims. We have helped thousands of people obtain funds for services they need to survive day-to-day living. Visit us at www.pegalisanderickson.com. For health news you can use follow us on Twitter , Facebook and YouTube .

Outlook for Infants with Cerebral Palsy

Receiving a diagnosis of cerebral palsy for an infant can be a devastating blow for any parent. Understandably, the most urgent question most parents have is what the likely outlook is for their child. In most cases, it won’t be clear what a child’s long-term prognosis will be until the age of 2 or 3. It is statistically highly probable, however, that your child will have some level of intellectual disability, be unable to walk, or have a chronic condition such as epilepsy. It’s important to keep in mind that physical therapy and other forms of treatment may improve your child’s prognosis and make it easier for him or her to enjoy a better quality of life despite the disorder.

The attorneys at Pegalis & Erickson, LLC have been representing parents in cases involving birth injuries for more than 40 years. For a free consultation at our law office in Long Island, New York, contact us today at (516) 858-2194.

The Importance of Handwashing

Regular handwashing is critical for preventing the spread of germs, especially in a medical setting. In order to protect patients, healthcare providers should wash their hands as frequently as possible, particularly when they move from one patient to the next. Failure to perform routine handwashing can expose patients to hazardous germs and viruses and place their health in extreme danger. Patients themselves should also be alert to the need to clean their own hands frequently. Studies have shown that using alcohol-based hand sanitizer is more effective in many cases than soap and water, although there are some infections that it does not work against. Soap and water are most strongly recommended before eating, as well as after using the restroom.

If you are dealing with an instance of medical malpractice, contact Pegalis & Erickson, LLC for capable legal representation in the area of Long Island, New York. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

Preventing Medication Errors at Home and in the Hospital

Mistakes happen in every walk of life, but when they come in the form of medication errors, the consequences can be devastating. While many of us depend on our healthcare providers to protect us from medication errors, patients also need to be proactive about protecting themselves. These are some of the steps you can take to reduce the risk of medication errors, both at home and when you’re in a medical facility:

Keep a personal medications list.
It’s imperative that you keep a complete list of all medications you are currently taking, and bring it along with you to every medical appointment. Include the name of the medication and your prescribed dosage. You should also include any nutritional supplements or over-the-counter medicines you are taking, any allergies you are aware of, and any other pertinent information.

Review your medications with your doctor.
Before you begin taking a new medication, review its prescribed use with your doctor or nurse. Make sure that a trusted loved one also has access to this information. Don’t forget to update your medications list whenever you need to make a change.

Check expiration dates routinely.
All medications come with an expiration date, and taking expired medicines can result in subpar treatment or even serious side effects. Check the labels of all the medications you are taking on a regular basis, and dispose of any medications that are past their expiration dates. The FDA recommends that you remove any personal information from containers and seal medicines in plastic bags before throwing them out.

Pegalis & Erickson, LLC, has been providing legal assistance to people whose lives have been disrupted by medical malpractice for nearly 45 years. We have won thousands of verdicts and settlements over the years on behalf of our clients. Call our office in Long Island, New York, today at (516) 858-2194 to schedule a free initial consultation.

FAQs About Documenting Medical Malpractice

As a patient, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to help ensure that your diagnoses are accurate. In fact, there are several steps you can take to fully document the treatment you are receiving and ensure that you have information that you can refer back to later. Here are the answers to some questions you might have:

How many of my medical records should I keep? The simplest answer is “All of them.” If you are being treated for an ongoing health issue, you should keep any and all documents you receive from any medical professionals who treat you, along with other records of your interaction such as receipts. It’s generally advised that you hold on to medical records for at least 10 years.

How can I keep track of my treatment? One of the best ways to ensure that you have a comprehensive record of the state of your health as well as your medical treatment is to keep a health journal. In the journal, make a note of every appointment you have and write down as much as you can remember after each visit, particularly any instructions you get from your practitioner and any information about possible outcomes.

How can I tell if my diagnosis is correct? There are a number of strategies you can adopt in order to increase the likelihood of an accurate diagnosis. Bring a friend or a loved one with you during your appointment for support and to remind you of any questions you want to ask. If the practitioner who diagnoses you seems vague or unclear, get a second opinion. Having a clear record of your treatment and symptom history can also be useful to refresh your memory when you’re talking with your healthcare provider.

Are you in need of a medical malpractice attorney in Long Island, New York? Pegalis & Erickson, LLC is committed to providing patients and their families with the capable legal services they deserve. If you believe that you or a loved one has been affected by medical malpractice, please contact us today at (516) 858-2194 for a free consultation.

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