• What Are the Risks of Vacuum Assisted Deliveries?

    For the most part, pregnancy and childbirth are natural processes. In some cases, however, mother and baby face risks, whether during the pregnancy or during labor. When there are complications, and the danger becomes too great, doctors often feel they must intervene to promote a positive outcome. When the intervention involves a vacuum assisted delivery however, there are significant risks involved.

    * Why do doctors use vacuums? Sometimes at the end of a difficult labor, the doctor decides to help the process along using vacuum extraction if the mother or baby is in distress.

    * How does the process work? Once the baby is low enough in the birth canal to be delivered, a vacuum cup is placed on the baby’s head, with suction applied so the cup doesn’t fall off. When the mother has another contraction, the mother pushes while the doctor pulls the baby using the vacuum cup.

    * What risks does a patient face with a vacuum extraction? Vacuum extraction poses risks for the baby. Some of these are relatively minor complications like scalp lacerations or bleeding in the space under the fibrous portion of the skull bone. These typically clear up on their own, though the bleeding, called cephalohematoma, can sometimes require surgery. More serious complications include subgaleal hematoma, which is more serious bleeding below the scalp and can be life-threatening if a significant amount of blood is lost, or intracranial hemorrhage, which is bleeding under the skull that can lead to severe brain injury. There’s also a risk of skull fracture.

    * What’s the responsibility of the doctor when choosing to use vacuum extraction? With all these risks, it’s clear that this intervention should only be used when absolutely necessary, and with informed consent from the mother. Often, there are signs and symptoms long before delivery, which should alert the medical care providers that it will be a difficult delivery. A discussion should be had with the mother about the option of a caesarian delivery, so as to avoid the potential risks associated with the use of a vacuum. Medical providers must inform patients of all the associated risks, and use this procedure only when it’s necessary and provided with the utmost competence.

    If you or your baby suffered an injury during an assisted delivery, it may be time to contact a medical malpractice attorney. Pegalis & Erickson, LLC is here to help you, providing capable legal representation in the areas of New York. If you have questions about medical care or treatment, or a catastrophic injury, don’t delay in calling Pegalis & Erickson, LLC for a no-fee consultation! We obtain justice for our clients after hospitals, doctors, construction companies, and drivers commit preventable errors that cause harm. Reach us at (516) 858-2194.

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  • The Magnitude of Handwashing

    Regular handwashing is the most important thing you can do to help prevent the spread of dangerous bacteria and viruses. Handwashing is particularly critical in a medical environment, where patients may be at increased risk of infection. Here is what you need to know about the value of handwashing.

    Handwashing can protect patients from infection
    Medical facilities, by their nature, expose patients to the risk of illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of one out of 25 hospital patients per day will come down with a hospital-related infection. Healthcare professionals can help to protect their patients by being diligent about following proper handwashing protocol.

    Handwashing should happen before and after contact with patients
    Most people wash their hands after using the bathroom and before handling food. For healthcare professionals, however, handwashing needs to happen both before and after they come into direct contact with any patients they are providing care for. Otherwise, there is a serious risk that they will spread contaminants from one patient to the next, resulting in avoidable illness or infection.

    Proper handwashing is effective handwashing
    In order to effectively remove germs from the hands, handwashing in a medical environment needs to be done carefully and thoroughly. Simply rinsing off your hands with water is not sufficient. In order to wash your hands effectively, you should start by rinsing your hands with clean water, lathering them with soap, scrubbing for at least 20 full seconds, and then completely rinsing them off.

    If you have questions about medical care or treatment, or a catastrophic injury, don’t delay in calling Pegalis & Erickson, LLC for a no-fee consultation!  We obtain justice for our clients after hospitals, doctors, construction companies, and drivers commit preventable errors that cause harm. Reach us at (516) 858-2194.

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  • What to Expect from a Legal Case Review

    If you believe that you have been affected by medical malpractice, your first step should be to contact a lawyer so that your case can be reviewed. When you meet with your lawyer, you’ll need to provide them with all of the information they need to evaluate the merits of your legal claim. Bring medical records and any other pertinent information that you have about your case. Be ready to answer questions honestly and directly. If you don’t remember something exactly or are fuzzy on the details, you can be up-front about that. The more forthcoming you are, the more useful your case review will be.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 45 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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  • The Importance of Health Diaries for Proactive Patients

    As a patient, it’s essential for you to be as proactive as possible when it comes to your health. After all, you will be able to monitor your own health better than anybody else will. One of the most important actions you can take is to keep a regular health diary. These are some of the benefits of keeping up with your health diary:

    It will provide you with a guide to your symptoms.
    Regardless of what type of health issue you are dealing with, having a health diary will allow you to keep track of your symptoms. When you have a health diary, you can make a note of when you experienced your symptoms, how long they lasted, and how severe they were. As you track these changes over time, it can help you get a better perspective on your health. It can help your doctor with a proper diagnosis and plan of care.

    It will help you have meaningful discussions with your physician.
    When many patients visit their healthcare providers, they have trouble being specific in terms of the symptoms they have experienced. Keeping a regular health diary allows you to access that information whenever you need to so that you can get better and more appropriate care from your physician.

    It will provide you with a record of your health issues.
    Most importantly, a health diary provides you with an ongoing record of the status of your health. It can provide valuable information to your loved ones should you be in need of care and treatment, and unable to communicate on your own.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 46 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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  • Understanding Lawsuit Time Limits

    If you have been harmed by substandard care that was provided to you by a medical professional, you may be wondering how long you have to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases differs from state to state. In the state of New York, generally, a medical malpractice claim must be filed within two and a half years from the time that the negligent action took place.  However, there are many variables as to what the actual time limit is based on the types of health care providers. It is often confusing for the layperson. To be safe, speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as you suspect medical negligence may have occurred.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 46 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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  • Spotlight on Medication Errors

    It would be hard to overstate the importance of avoiding medication errors. If a patient does not take the proper dosage of a medication or is given the wrong prescription, it can have serious consequences for his or her health and possibly their life. It’s always a good time to check that you know all of the important information you should about any medications you are taking. Here’s how you can help prevent medication errors:

    Get instructions from your physician.
    It’s important to get thorough instructions from your physician or your pharmacist on how to take your medication. You should know what dosage you should be taking, when to take it, and how many days you should be taking it for. If anything is unclear to you, be sure to ask for clarification.

    Ask about drug interactions.
    Your physician should be made aware of any other medications you are taking, so that you will not be prescribed a drug that may have a dangerous interaction. Make sure that you also know about any possible side effects the medication may have, and whether it interacts negatively with any foods, such as juices or alcohol.

    Make sure you know the medication name.
    Confusing one medication with another is a common mistake, and it can be an extremely serious one. Many medications have names that sound similar, so it’s important to make sure that you know both the generic name and the brand name of the medication you are taking.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 46 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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  • Knowing the Symptoms of Diabetes

    If you have diabetes, it’s important that you are made aware of it as soon as possible so that you can take steps to protect your health. Diabetes has a number of warning signs that you should be alert to, including increased hunger and thirst, a constantly dry mouth, and an unusually persistent need to urinate. Other common symptoms of diabetes include chronic fatigue, sudden weight loss, and severe headaches. You may also experience blurred vision. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, you should talk to your physician as soon as possible.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 45 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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  • Trial Verdict Obtained for Heart Patient in Nassau County

    Lake Success, NY, October 31, 2018 …Plaintiffs’ attorneys Pegalis and Erickson, LLC won a $815,000 verdict for our sixty-four year old client in Nassau County Supreme Court this week.

    Our client sustained a heart attack because his doctor improperly placed a heart stent. “Today, avoidable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and those errors also inflict untold misery for their victims.  All healthcare consumers should remain proactive of their care, and also be aware that they and their loved ones have recourse,” said trial attorney for the case, Robert V. Fallarino, Esq.   “It is humbling each and every time we can obtain justice for an injured patient,” he said.

    The case index is 601010/14. The trial was heard in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau.  The plaintiffs were Kenneth Prechtl and Maria Prechtl. The defendants were Ralph Caselnova, MD, and the Amityville Heart Group.

    About Us:

    Pegalis & Erickson, LLC is a New York law firm for those suffering as a result of avoidable medical errors and personal injury. In 46 years of practice, we have won some of the largest verdicts in New York State history and strive for medical accountability to ensure safer medical practices for better patient care. Visit us at www.pegalisanderickson.com and on TwitterFacebook and YouTube. To discuss your medical/legal situation at no cost, call our attorneys directly at 516-684-2900.

  • How To Talk to Your Doctor About Pain

    Pain can be difficult to describe. If you are suffering from pain, whether it is chronic or periodic, it’s important to be able to talk to your doctor about it effectively. Explain where the pain is felt in your body, how frequent it is, and how severe it is on a scale of 1-10. If you feel any specific sensations such as tingling, numbness, burning, or aching, be sure to talk about that. You should also mention if the pain is interfering with your life in any way, such as making it difficult for you to engage in your normal daily activities. Finally, tell your doctor if you have tried any pain relief methods, such as over-the-counter medications. The more information you provide your doctor with, the more likely it is that he or she will be able to help you.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson, LLC in New York. For 46 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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  • Pegalis & Erickson, LLC Attorneys Named to 2018 Super Lawyers® List, Among Top 5% of All New York Attorneys

    New Hyde Park, October 25, 2018…. Five attorneys from the New York plaintiffs’ medical negligence law firm, Pegalis & Erickson, LLC, have again been named to the competitive New York Metro Super Lawyers® list for 2018. Less than five percent of lawyers in New York are selected to receive this honor.

    A selection by Super Lawyers® is a testament to the skill and accomplishments of the nation’s top lawyers. The rating service reviews lawyers on professional achievement, peer recognition, experience, honors/awards, special licenses/certifications, scholarly writings/lectures, and more.

    For the eleventh year in a row, Senior Partners Steven E. Pegalis, Stephen E. Erickson, and Managing Partner Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard have been selected by Super Lawyers® for their professional excellence and dedication to obtaining justice for injured clients., Gary M. Nielsen  and Robert V. Fallarino , are  recognized  for the fifth and seventh times, respectively by Super Lawyers®. Pegalis & Erickson, LLC has won hundreds of verdicts and settlements for clients, including a $116 million verdict for an infant who sustained brain damage and cerebral palsy due to negligence during a breech birth, a $10,000,000 settlement for a man who became a paraplegic after medical negligence during surgery, and a $2.8 million dollar settlement for a New York man whose mistreatment of high blood pressure in the ER resulted in a stroke. At Pegalis and Erickson, LLC, our goal for all clients is a financial recovery that is adequate and for peace of mind that comes from making health care safer for others.

    About Us: Pegalis & Erickson, LLC is a New York law firm for those suffering as a result of medical errors and personal injury. We are advocates who obtain justice for our clients after hospitals, doctors, medical personnel, construction companies, or motor vehicle drivers commit avoidable errors that cause our clients life-altering harm. In our 46 years of practice, we have won some of the largest verdicts in New York State history and strive for medical accountability to ensure safer medical practices for better patient care. Visit us at www.pegalisanderickson.com and on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.  

    To discuss your medical/legal situation, call our attorneys directly at 516-684-2900 or visit https://www.pegalisanderickson.com/. There is never a fee for our legal consultations.

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