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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.

What Is Informed Consent?

Legally and ethically, patients have the right to receive sufficient information about a medical treatment to be fully informed when they make a healthcare decision. Informed consent refers to the communication between a patient and the physician that leads to the patient’s agreement to have a particular medical intervention. A breach of informed consent may constitute medical malpractice. If you feel you may have a medical malpractice case, you have the right to consult medical negligence lawyers about your situation.

There are three main components of informed consent. Patients must have received appropriate, accurate information about their medical conditions and treatment options. They must understand this information. Lastly, they must be able to make a healthcare decision and give their consent for the treatment, based on the information provided by their healthcare provider

Over the years, Pegalis & Erickson, LLC has developed a sterling reputation for providing compassionate, personalized legal services for patients. You can schedule a one-on-one consult with a medical malpractice lawyer in Long Island, New York by calling (516) 858-2194.

Breast Cancer and Misdiagnosis: What Patients Should Know

When you are facing breast cancer, one of the last things you want to discover is that a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis could have compromised your prognosis. Unfortunately, troubling statistics indicate that misdiagnosis or late diagnosis happens far too often for breast cancer patients. According to the Journal of the National Cancer Society, physicians who use mammogram films to make diagnoses but don’t specialize in the field miss breast cancer up to 71% of the time. Likewise, diagnostic errors don’t always apply to missed or late diagnoses but also staging. If you feel your breast cancer was not timely diagnosed, here is what you need to know about medical negligence in breast cancer diagnostics and how you can become empowered as a patient.

How do breast cancer misdiagnoses happen?
Avoidable medical errors happen daily in hospitals and doctors’ offices across the country, and breast cancer misdiagnosis or late diagnosis are among the mistakes that medical professionals make. Misdiagnosis and late diagnosis can happen at several different stages in the process. In some cases, mammograms, sonograms, or digital films may not be read appropriately. In other cases, the results of a biopsy may not be tested appropriately and may provide incorrect results. Because early treatment is so crucial for breast cancer patients, a missed diagnosis or a delayed diagnosis not only means that treatments have to be more invasive and cause more significant quality of life issues, but it could also lead to loss of life that may have been preventable with earlier intervention.

What can patients do?
As a patient, it is important to be proactive about your care. Ask questions, speak up when you have concerns, and don’t take anyone’s word simply because he or she is a medical professional. Demand follow-up testing, second opinions, and anything else you need to feel confident that you are getting the right answers about your health.

Pegalis & Erickson helps patients facing medical malpractice, including missed diagnoses, get the compensation they deserve. Dial (516) 858-2194 and talk to a medical malpractice attorney on Long Island to understand your rights.

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