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Why Cerebral Palsy is Considered a Birth Injury

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that hinders body movement and muscle coordination. It is most often caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain or body during labor or childbirth and can be a result of medical malpractice. Cerebral palsy is considered a birth injury because it is often linked the following preventable problems:

Untreated Health Issues in the Mother
The mother’s health is essential to the wellbeing of the child. If doctors fail to detect and treat health problems such as infections and diabetes in the mother during pregnancy, it can have devastating effects on the child.

Inadequate Monitoring of Fetal Condition
Just as the mother needs to be monitored during pregnancy and childbirth, the baby does as well. If doctors neglect to monitor the child’s heartbeat or detect a prolapsed umbilical cord, there is a chance for preventable brain trauma to occur.

Failure to Perform Necessary Procedures
In some cases the baby is too large to safely pass through the birth canal, requiring a cesarean section. If the doctor delays or fails to perform a medically necessary cesarean section, the child can experience irreversible brain damage.

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy you can contact a cerebral palsy lawyer in Long Island to discuss the possibility of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Please contact Pegalis & Erickson at (516) 303-9642 or online to schedule a consultation.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers, and its prevalence deserves an overview in observance of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Early Detection
Besides prevention, early detection is best way to identify effective treatment. The sooner you learn you have cancer and begin treatment, the higher your chance of recovery. Lung cancer screening can detect the disease before symptoms start. If a doctor fails to recommend screening or fails to correctly interpret testing which is performed, your chances of survival could greatly diminish. Sometimes lung cancer is misdiagnosed as pneumonia or other benign lung infections.

Late or Misdiagnosis
Unfortunately, lung cancer is often diagnosed too late or incorrectly. Both late diagnosis and misdiagnosis keep you from getting the treatment you need when you need it. Ways to diagnose lung cancer include bronchoscopy, biopsy, CT scan, PET scan, MRI, and bone scan. With the many options available, diagnoses should come in a timely manner.

There are numerous forms of treatment for lung cancer, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. Most patients receive a combination of treatments, which requires a team of several doctors to coordinate plans and communicate effectively. If doctors fail to coordinate treatments, you may not receive the proper care for your diagnosis.

If you or someone you know is concerned they experienced a medical error relating to lung cancer diagnosis or treatment, or other health care errors, contact Pegalis & Erickson, LLC online or call us at (516) 726-1544. We will be happy to schedule a one-on-one consult in Long Island, New York.

A Closer Look at the T-Zone

You may not have heard of it, but the T-Zone plays a central role in your ability to fight infection. When you touch an area in the T-Zone, the bacteria on your hands is easily transferred and can trigger an infection. The T-Zone is so important that some experts are pushing for medical personnel to be trained in avoiding the T-Zone to reduce their chances of contracting an infection and passing it along to patients.

The T-Zone consists of the eyes, nose, and mouth. These areas contain membranes that are easily breached by bacteria and they are often the gateway for infection. By not touching these areas with dirty hands, you can reduce the risk of infection. Avoiding the T-Zone can be especially important to medical workers, who have high levels of exposure to infectious bacteria.

Pegalis & Erickson, LLC represents people with a variety of medical negligence claims from hospital-acquired infections to birth injuries. If you need help with medical malpractice on Long Island, please call (516) 858-2194.

Your Legal Rights After a Health Crisis

When someone experiences a health crisis or medical injury, they often do not consider the possibility of medical malpractice at the time. No one wants to imagine the worst case scenario when you or loved one experiences an unanticipated outcome after a medical treatment, but it is important to know that time is of the essence. The problem is that if you suffer a life-altering health injury as a result of medical errors, there is a limited time to recover for the financial burdens, and physical pain and suffering you are experiencing. As months pass, the statute of limitations-- that is, the period of time one has to file a claim to prove that medical negligence occurred—may run out, and families are left in difficult, and permanent debilitating situations, without being able to pursue justice and seek appropriate compensation. The time limits for filing a claim—statutes of limitations—are decided by each state and vary greatly by incident.

In New York, there are different time limits for when a lawsuit must be filed, based upon the type of health problem, and the entity that caused the avoidable medical error. And, lawsuit time limits are different on if the patient died or is living, and what type of health care provider it was: an individual, a government employee, a private hospital, a municipal hospital, or a state-run facility. It is important to know that once the statute of limitations has expired, no matter how serious the medical injury, a lawsuit cannot be brought. Experienced medical negligence New York-based attorneys can consult with you on your particular situation to access and research if your injury occurred within the state time limit, and if medical treatment truly did not follow the standard of care that the medical profession has set.

It is important to consult legal counsel as soon as possible so that your rights are protected.

At Pegalis & Erickson, we focus on helping those who experience medical errors to investigate if seeking compensation is possible. Please give us a call at (866) 633-6257 or visit our website to learn how we can help.

Pegalis & Erickson Attorney Named to Hall of Fame of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business

Lake Success, NY, (October 25, 2016) Pegalis and Erickson, LLC is proud to announce that our
Managing Partner, Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard was just named a Top Women in Business for the 3rd time by the Long Island Business News. Bondi-Stoddard, Esq. received the honor at an awards dinner on October 20, attended by some 600 guests, at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. As a three-time recipient of the award, Bondi-Stoddard was inducted into the “Hall of Fame of the Top 50 Business Women.” The Top 50 Women in Business program recognizes the Long Island region’s top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement. Honorees are selected by a judging committee and represent the most influential women in business, government and the not-for- profit fields.

Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard represents plaintiffs in medical negligence cases including women’s health issues, birth injuries, surgical, neurosurgical, cardiac, cancers, and other medical specialty cases where negligence is involved. She is an advocate for patient safety awareness and is devoted to community service for health-related matters, lecturing to both lay audiences and law professionals. She was named 2016 Outstanding Women in Law by Hofstra University School of Law’s Center for Children, Families and the Law. Bondi-Stoddard is also a recipient of the Long Island Business News ‘Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services, and their “50 around 50” Award. She has been honored with the Corporate Leadership Recognition Award from CP Nassau, has been named to Best Lawyers© each year since 2007, and continues to be voted by her peers into the New York Super Lawyers® List each year, amongst only 4% of all attorneys. She has led Pegalis & Erickson, LLC to consistently be recognized by Best Lawyers in America© and U.S. News and World Report as a New York Tier One Best Law Firm. Bondi-Stoddard serves an officer on the executive board of directors of the New York State Trial Attorneys (NYSTLA). She is also a Dean of the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute (NYSTLI). She was past president of the Long Island Women's Agenda (LIWA). She is a member of several bar associations, and obtained her law degree from Boston University School of Law.

About Pegalis & Erickson, LLC
Pegalis & Erickson is a personal injury law firm in New York focused on representing seriously injured people that suffered medical negligence. 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 serious construction and accident victims. In our forty years of practice, we have helped more than 2,000 people obtain funds for services they need to survive life day-to- day. We are advocates for patient safety and medical accountability to ensure safer medical practices for better patient care. Visit us at For health news you can use follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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