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The blog of PEGALIS & ERICKSON, LLC: a medical malpractice law firm in Long Island representing those suffering from injuries caused by medical errors. Contact us for a free legal consultation today.

RotaCareNY Celebrates 20 Years

Pleased to support RotaCare NY through their 20th Annual Caregivers Ball. Do you know RotaCare? They provide free health care and medications for L.I.'s neediest through volunteer medical professionals. You can support them here 

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Study finds 25% operating room errors are tech/equip problems, but avoidable if checklist used.

Researchers reviewed 28 published studies on operating room errors and found that technology/equipment issues were cited in about 15 percent of malpractice claims. An average of 2.4 errors occurred in each procedure, and technology/equipment issues accounted for 23.5 percent of these errors.

Linda Oliva named a L.I. Top 50 Most Influential Woman for contributions to economy and community.


Lake Success, NY, October 11, 2013; Linda M. Oliva, Esq. has been named one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business by the Long Island Business News, for her contributions to the economy and community. The Top 50 will be honored at a gala on Thursday, October 17, at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

Oliva has been a distinguished attorney for plaintiffs in medical negligence cases for more than 20 years. She handles all aspects of pretrial litigation and appeals representing patients in cases involving birth injury, surgical, neurosurgical, cardiac, and women’s health care negligence including the failure to diagnose and treat breast cancer. Oliva dedicates considerable time to community services. In 2011, she was the Nassau County Women’s Bar Foundation Courage Award recipient. Oliva serves on the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, and is active in several organizations that support Breast Cancer research, awareness, and patient support, including the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition, the Adelphi Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline, the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association Foundation Golf Outing Committee which raises money for breast cancer research and awareness.  She has also mentored students at the ABGS Middle School in Hempstead, NY. 

Oliva has been back with Pegalis and Erickson, LLC, since 1996. Linda M. Oliva, Esq. obtained her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University, where she was elected to Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) and Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society). She is admitted to practice law in New York State and in the Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

About Us: Pegalis & Erickson, LLC, is a law firm who focuses on serious injured people that suffered medical negligence. We have won the largest verdicts in NY history for birth trauma, misdiagnosed cancers, and surgical errors.  For more than forty years our dedication and commitment has helped patients and/or their families to secure some monetary restitution to continue day-to-day- living. We strive to be an advocate for patient safety by securing medical accountability and safer medical practices for better patient care. Please visit us at

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P&E Joined Tunnel to Towers

Way to go to our own Giancarlo A. Sivirichi who joined the 12th Annual Tunnel to Towers run/walk to honor the 343 Fire Department of New York brothers and all 9/11 victims this past weekend. If we have a team next year, would you like to join?

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Statistics on Medical Malpractice Trials

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The Bureau of Justice last compiled comprehensive statistics on medical malpractice trials in state courts in 2005. During that year, 2,449 medical malpractice cases were disposed of by trial. Of these, 99% were jury trials, while 1% consisted of bench trials presided over by a judge. In general, medical malpractice trials resulted in high damage awards. In fact, the amount awarded for medical malpractice victims was an average of 17 times more than the overall median award for other kinds of torts. The median award was $400,000.  

Are you interested in learning more about medical malpractice law? Call the Long Island Law Office of Pegalis & Erickson at (516) 684-2900 to speak with a lawyer today. You can also visit us at our website to learn more about the medical malpractice services we provide. 

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