• 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.

  • 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.

  • Five Pegalis & Erickson Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America© 2019

    Lake Success, NY September 13, 2018…Five Firm attorneys have been selected for the highly regarded list, Best Lawyers in America© for 2019. Fewer than 5% of attorneys in the United States are recognized to this list which is compiled through extensive research, and peer and client review. The five attorneys recognized for Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice are: Steven Pegalis, a Great Neck resident; Stephen Erickson, a Marlboro, NJ resident; Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard, a Port Washington resident; Sanford Nagrotsky, a Mineola resident, and Robert Fallarino, an East Williston resident. In addition, three of those attorneys: Steven Pegalis, Stephen Erickson, and Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard, were also named to Best Lawyers© for Personal Injury Litigation.

    Steven Pegalis, Esq. is the founding partner of Pegalis & Erickson, and one of the nation’s foremost medical malpractice trial lawyers. In his nearly 50 years practicing law as an advocate for seriously injured victims of negligence, he has obtained some of the highest jury verdicts in history. 2019 is his 13th time being named to Best Lawyers©. Additionally, Pegalis is the only lawyer to be named both the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” on Long Island, for Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation, and the 2016 “Lawyer of the Year,” for Plaintiffs’ Medical Malpractice lawyer in New York, by  Best Lawyers in America®. He earned his undergraduate degree from Queens College of the City of New York, and both a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Law degree from New York Law School where he is both an adjunct professor, and Trustee.

    Stephen Erickson, Esq. is a founding partner of Pegalis & Erickson, with over 30 years of experience in the trial of significant medical malpractice and other types of personal injury litigation, including car accidents, bus accidents, and product liability cases. One of his verdicts was noted to be the third highest jury verdict ever awarded in the State of New York for a medical negligence claim, at that time.  2019 is his 12th time being named a Best Lawyer. Additionally, Erickson was named the only lawyer on Long Island to receive the 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation, by Best Lawyers©. Erickson has earned his reputation as a highly skilled litigator by obtaining record-setting, multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients. Many of his cases involve adults and infants who sustained catastrophic brain injury as a result of medical negligence.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from State University of New York at Oneonta, and his Juris Doctor from New York Law School.

    Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard, Esq. is the managing partner at Pegalis & Erickson. 2019 is her 12th time being named to Best Lawyers©. She has more than 30 years of experience representing plaintiffs in medical negligence cases involving women’s health issues and birth injuries, as well as surgical, neurosurgical, cardiac, and cancer treatment. She is also a leading advocate of being a proactive patient. Bondi-Stoddard lectures on patient safety and medical malpractice for community groups and law industry professionals. She has written extensively on medical negligence. She earned her law degree from Boston University, and her Bachelor’s from Seton Hall University.

    Sanford Nagrotsky, Esq. is a Partner at Pegalis and Erickson. 2019 is his fifth time being named to Best Lawyers©. As a plaintiffs’ medical malpractice attorney for 30 years, he has instituted a unique approach to client service rarely seen today; he provides consultations directly with people who call every day to learn if they have a potential medical negligence case. Nagrotsky focuses on unraveling complex medical negligence situations, utilizing his extensive knowledge and medical research skills to swiftly analyze critical issues for clients and potential clients. He obtained his law degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and his undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Oneonta.

    Robert Fallarino, Esq. is a trial attorney at Pegalis and Erickson with more than twenty-five years of experience leading medical malpractice litigation, complex labor law, and product defect litigation. This is his second time being named to Best Lawyers©. His record of success includes obtaining the fourth highest verdict in New York State for medical negligence in 2012, making it the top ten verdict in New York that year. Fallarino has resolved cases for millions of dollars for patients who have been victims of medical negligence across NY State and around the nation including in North Carolina, Nebraska, Idaho, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor’s and law degree from St. John’s University.

    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.

  • How Long Do You Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

    If you are considering filing a medical malpractice suit, one of the first things you’ll need to know is how long you have to do it. The time for bringing a lawsuit is called the statute of limitations. If the statute of limitations expires, you cannot file a lawsuit. The rules governing when you can file a medical malpractice suit differ from state to state. In New York, there are different time limits to file a lawsuit based upon the entity, whether the injured party is a minor or an adult, and also whether the person is alive or deceased. Time limits in which to bring a lawsuit are often complicated. To ensure that you don’t miss the deadline, talk to an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible after you suspect that you have been treated negligently.

    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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  • What Is Medical Malpractice?

    If you’re considering bringing a medical malpractice suit, it’s important that you understand what the term means. Medical malpractice is defined as having happened when a healthcare provider causes harm to a patient through the provider’s own negligence. In order for medical malpractice to have taken place, three things must be present: The patient must have suffered demonstrable harm, the provider must have delivered substandard care, and there must be a direct link between the quality of that care and the injury suffered by the patient. Medical malpractice can happen in numerous ways, including unnecessary treatment, failure to diagnose, medication errors, and premature discharge.

    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.

  • Taking Action During Men’s Health Month

    In recent years, numerous studies have confirmed a disturbing trend: Men tend not to live as long as women. One of the reasons for this, unfortunately, is that men are far less likely than women to visit their doctors. June is Men’s Health Month, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to schedule a routine physical at your physician’s office. It’s also a time to be mindful of some of the most pressing health challenges that men face, including testicular cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression. Diagnosing cancer and other serious illnesses as early as possible is the best way to raise the chances of a good prognosis, so it’s important to be checked regularly for any conditions you are at risk for.

  • 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 .

  • Spotlight on Infectious Disease Errors

    If you have an infectious disease, being misdiagnosed—or diagnosed too late—can have serious consequences. If an infectious disease isn’t treated and worsens, the changes in your life may be irreversible. That’s why it’s important to be a proactive patient and take the initiative to help ensure that your diagnosis is accurate. Be open and communicative with the healthcare providers you interact with, and don’t hesitate to contact them if your health status changes. If you aren’t satisfied with your current doctor, find a new one. Keep your own medical records, including a list of all your appointments, a record of your symptoms and when you experienced them, and a list of all your medications. Having that information at your fingertips will also be useful for any medical practitioner who is treating you, and it can help to increase the chances of positive patient outcomes.

    If you believe you have been misdiagnosed, it’s time to contact Pegalis & Erickson, LLC. You can reach our office in Long Island, New York by calling (516) 858-2194.

    Many people do not discover for years that they have gotten the wrong diagnosis. Diagnosing a patient is a challenging and multifaceted process, and there are many points at which the diagnosis can go astray. In many cases, the issue is lack of proper communication between medical professionals and their patients.

    If your life—or the life of a loved one—has been disrupted by a delayed diagnosis, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Talk to one of the attorneys at Pegalis & Erickson, LLC, for legal guidance that will help you protect your rights. You can set up a free consultation at our office in Long Island, New York, by calling us at (516) 858-2194.

  • How Proactive Patients Can Reduce the Risk of Medical Errors

    It’s the responsibility of healthcare providers to ensure the safety and well-being of their patients. Unfortunately, acts of medical malpractice and negligence happen every day around the country. Patients can protect themselves by being proactive about identifying and preventing medical errors.

    Background Check

    You may not always get to choose your doctor, such as when you’re taken to the emergency room. When you do have a choice, take a few minutes to research the doctor’s background. The ideal healthcare provider will have:

    • Training at respectable institutions
    • Board certification in his or her specialty
    • No professional disciplinary actions
    • No consistent history of prior medical malpractice lawsuits

    If you’ll be undergoing surgery or another complex treatment, such as treatment of cancer, take a close look at the doctor’s level of experience. For instance, if you’ll be having hip replacement surgery, don’t be afraid to ask your orthopedic surgeon how many of these surgeries he/she has performed, and what is their particular complication/success rate.

    Informed Consent
    Before having a medical procedure, such as surgery, your doctor is required to obtain your informed consent. In other words, you have the legal right to be fully informed of every aspect of your treatment, including the potential risks and alternatives. You also have the right to reject a proposed treatment after weighing the pros and cons of the plan of care. If you’re uncomfortable with your treatment plan, you can continue to ask questions, learn about your diagnosis and the treatment, and seek a second opinion from another healthcare provider.

    Medication Safety
    Medication errors are a common type of malpractice. A mistake can occur at any point in the process—from the doctor’s initial prescribing information to the pharmacist’s dispensing actions to the nurse who administers the medicine in the hospital. Before taking any medication, make sure the prescribing doctor has your full health history. If you’re receiving medication in the hospital, ask the nurse to verify the name and dosage of the drug, cross-referenced with your patient records and your medications you are taking

    At Pegalis & Erickson, LLC, we’ve made it our life’s work to tirelessly advocate on behalf of patients on their families. Contact our malpractice law firm on Long Island, New York at (516) 858-2194 if you think you’ve been affected by an act of medical negligence. Some of our negligence and wrongful death lawsuits have resulted in multimillion-dollar jury awards for our clients.

  • Understanding the Difference Between Mistakes and Malpractice

    The legal definition of medical malpractice is often misunderstood. Most doctors, nurses, and medical technicians genuinely try to do their best for their patients, but they’re human and mistakes do happen from time to time. However, the literal definition of medical malpractice is bad practice. Not every medical mistake rises to the level of a legal medical malpractice action. A medical mistake is an incorrect act or an act of omission. For example, a nurse may misread a doctor’s written instructions, and give a patient too much or too little of a medication.

    If the patient suffers no harm as the result of the medication error, then it’s merely a mistake which fortunately did not cause harm. Malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider makes a mistake or commits an act or an omission that deviates from the accepted standard of care, and causes harm to the patient.

    Medical malpractice cases across New York are what we handle here at Pegalis & Erickson, LLC. Call (516) 858-2194 to request your free case review at no charge.

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