Events

July 2018

We are delighted to share that our newest attorney team member is Isabel C. Mira. A distinguished advocate for plaintiffs’ rights for more than sixteen years in the United States and South America, she conducts pre-trial litigation representing patients in medical malpractice actions for Pegalis and Erickson, LLC. Read more here.


June 2018

We just obtained a $5,000,000 settlement for our client’s family. Our client was a Mom of 43 years old who had cancer go untreated for over a year after the negligence of a NY hospital. Radiologists missed obvious cancer in our client’s test results, and she ultimately died. This law suit settlement will help her husband raise their children.


June 2018

Our Senior Partner Sanford Nagrotsky was featured in Who’s Who in Health Care Law in the June 29th issue of the Long Island Business News. Sandy has obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of the firm’s clients, for more than 30 years. Read the news profile here.


May 2018

The New York personal injury law firm Pegalis & Erickson, LLC announces that we have secured a $10 million dollar settlement in the Supreme Court for Bronx County . A 21 year-old Bronx immigrant walked into the hospital for surgery. He left the hospital unable to move from the waist down. His life-long paraplegia was the result of avoidable medical negligence . Trial team Steven Pegalis, James Baydar and Sanford Nagrotsky argued that the doctors and hospital failed to properly monitor our client during surgery. It was our contention that the defendants departed from the standard of care utilizing unqualified monitoring technics and personnel during surgery, and did not have a qualified physician supervising the process. Our attorneys obtained him a $10 million dollar settlement following this long and complex case.


May 2018

A recent Physicians Practice article about keeping patients safe, utilized only one lawyer’s suggestions –ours! Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard was quoted in a slide series for doctors, about risk minimization. You can see the slide series “7 Ways to Minimize Patient Risk” here.


November 2017

We recently obtained a settlement of $7.5 million dollars for a Pennsylvania child who was discharged prematurely from a hospital emergency department.


August 2017

We successfully resolved a heart-breaking case for the children of a Nassau County woman. She died soon after giving birth to twins. We obtained a $3.75 million dollar settlement, after hospital personnel failed to treat the woman’s breathing difficulties.


March 2017

Founding partner Steve E. Pegalis recently had an article published. Entitled “Perinatal Brain Injury: The Rights of the Disabled Child,” it appears in the NYS Trial Lawyers Bill of Particulars Magazine.

Our recent settlements for clients included the following:

We obtained a $6 million dollar settlement for an Upstate New York brain injured child, because medical care providers’ failed to treat his mother’s high blood pressure, causing a premature delivery. Then doctors failed to treat the baby’s signs of hydrocephalus, resulting in his permanent brain injuries.

We obtained a settlement of more than $3 million dollars for the family of a deceased 50-year old Suffolk County, NY man. His death resulted from his cardiac arrest due to an excessive amount of IV fluid, shortly after gall bladder surgery.

Our Nassau County, NY client was awarded a $550,000 settlement after he sustained nerve damage from the removal of a benign shoulder tumor.

We secured a $6.4 million dollar settlement for a young New York boy. He lives with permanent, severe, and multiple physical damages, as well as psychological trauma, because a hospital failed to diagnose his pneumonia in the ER, which led to sepsis and toxic shock.

A Westchester County, NY woman, who lives with pain and physical limitations, received a $900,000 settlement. After she had an arthroscopic surgery to her knee, it became infected, which lead to a total knee replacement surgery.


July 2017

Gary Nielsen, Esq was quoted in a special report in Prevention Magazine. The article takes a comprehensive look at what healthcare consumers can do to avoid medical errors and misdiagnosis. Entitled “Wrong! Doctors misdiagnose 1 in 20 patients, with consequences that can be deadly,”


November 2016

In November 2016 two of our attorneys were honored at separate events, for their dedication to Long Island communities.

Our partner, James B. Baydar, Esq. was presented with a Leadership in Law awards event where there were more than 300 attendees. The awards event was hosted by the Long Island Business News on November 17 in Woodbury, NY. James Baydar was recognized for his leadership having a positive impact, and his outstanding achievements. Baydar advocates for clients through complex and contentious court proceedings, in the years following successful resolution of their cases. He provides legal counsel on preserving and best utilizing clients’ verdict awards and settlement funds to pay for their lifetime. Gary M. Nielsen, Esq. accepted a 2016 Champions for Families Award from RotaCare NY on November 17 at an event held at the Mercer School of Theology. The nonprofit serves uninsured people living in poverty, with free health care screenings, exams, and medications by an all-volunteer crew of healthcare professionals. Nielsen is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience as a trial and appellate advocate, and has represented hundreds of clients, including many victims of avoidable medical errors. He maintains the highest “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell and has since 1999, in peer recognition of his legal ability, ethics, judgment and experience.


June 2016

In June 2016, the entire firm attended the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association Annual installation dinner, as colleague Linda Oliva, Esq. was sworn in as (volunteer) President on the executive board of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association (NCWBA). Ms. Oliva will serve a one year term as President for the 2016-2017 year.


April 2016

Pegalis & Erickson, LLC offered 100 attorneys a no-cost evening of Continuing Legal Education and a reception on April 12 at New York Law School. Steven Pegalis moderated a panel discussion entitled” Cutting Edge 21st Century Health Care Initiatives Motivating Health Care Providers to be Safer and More Effective


5/14/15 @ 11:00AM: How to be a Smart Patient Presentation

Most everyone in the U.S. has doctors’ visits and medical tests in their lifetime. For many of us, it begins before we are born. . On Thursday, May 14, Long Island award-winning trial attorney Robert V. Fallarino, Esq., will share tips for being a smart healthcare consumer, including:

  • How to prepare to visit a new doctor and get the most out of every doctor’s appointment
  • What types of medical records you should maintain and/or obtain
  • What to find out before you schedule a lab test
  • How to take an active role in working with your doctor or nurse when you are ill
  • What we can each do ourselves to prevent diagnostic medical errors

See the full information for this event here. Light refreshments will be served. To hold your seat for May 14, please call 516 378-2000, ext. 651 or email info@ucpn.org


3/13/15 @ 8:30AM-12:30PM: Avoiding Ethical Problems in Online Legal Marketing Seminar

Avoid the ethical business pitfalls of web sites, Linked in, Facebook and more. Our own Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard is Chairing a course on legal internet ethics that not only meets the required Four Ethics required CLE but is open to legal marketers and paralegals at half price. Registration is required! at http://bit.ly/1zlpgl7 or call Joanne at (212) 349-5890.

View the full serminar info in this handout.


3/10/15 @ 1:30PM: Being A Smart Patient Workshop

Next month we are hosting a community workshop. Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard will speak at the Union Baptist Church in Hempstead on March 10, at 1:30 PM How to be a Proactive Patient” will cover tips for preparing for doctor’s visits, lab tests, and preventing medical errors. Our next workshop is on May 14 in Roosevelt, so stay tuned for details!

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