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Pegalis & Erickson, LLC
Plaintiffs' Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Law
(516) 684 - 2900

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 June 7, 2016


Happenings This Month

Your Action Needed
The New York Legislative Session is about to end for summer break and NY is still one of only five states in the US without a Date of Discovery Law. Despite more than sufficient approval numbers from both Republicans and Democrats, the passage of  "Lavern's Law"  S.6596 has been stopped from  reaching the floor of the Senate. The Bill has 38 co-sponsors in the Senate, actually more than the 32 votes needed. Several dying NY patients have come forward to share their stories as their medical bills pile high for their loved ones. Preventing the Bill from reaching the floor of the Senate for vote which would result in passage, is against the public interest.
Please contact your New York State Senator this week to pass Lavern's Law.  Call/ email your NYS Senator here:  



June is a time for celebrating Fathers and the men in our lives, and is appropriately known as National Men's Health Month. Statistics show that many men and boys need encouragement to get regular check-ups and tests to ensure good health and avoid preventable diseases. Do see our
tips for monitoring your health at every age, and follow us on social media 
for health tips year-round.

This month two of our women attorneys are being installed to executive positions on their professional boards. Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard becomes Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association on June 14. Linda Oliva will become President of the Nassau County Women's Bar on June 21. If you would like to join in on the dinner events or take a sponsorship. Please see here for June 14  or here for June 21
  

Medical Errors: 3rd Leading Cause of Death 

Sometimes it takes hearing very uncomfortable information in news reports for people to take notice.  We are grateful for the recent articles in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the New York Times, about researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Center declaring medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the USA after heart disease and cancer.  The news comes as no surprise to those advocating for people that were injured by avoidable medical mistakes. The following was our official comment: The debate over how (and how often) medical errors cause harm has been politicized for decades, with the messaging largely controlled by insurance and medical establishment interests. What is often lacking, however, is data, based on science, to define the problem. This new (Johns Hopkins) study appears to address that gap and sheds a little light on the issue. As lawyers who devote our careers to representing individuals and families whose lives have been sidetracked by medical negligence, we are well aware of the medical community's propensity to sweep these questions under the rug. That community should stop blaming injured patients and the civil justice system for its own shortcomings, should put its house in order, and should accept accountability for injuries and death caused by negligent conduct. 



Zika Virus Symptoms and Your Patient Rights

Zika Virus Disease is believed to be spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes, and through sexual transmission. We urge everyone, especially women of child-bearing age, to avoid bug bites by using insect repellents, removing any and all standing water, and scrubbing with soap, any areas that mosquitoes eggs could have been laid.  Zika Virus symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes, although not all infected people get symptoms.  Zika Virus infection in pregnant women is a definite cause of microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with major developmental challenges. The virus is also associated with other severe fetal brain defects, and has been linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that can cause paralysis. Of the  3,000 U.S. pregnant women travelers tested for Zika this year coming from afflicted areas, a full 28% of them had Zika, and most, but not all, had symptoms. We believe that women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should talk with your doctors about your risks in general of having or contracting the disease, and about travel to currently-known Zika infested areas, including the potential for the spread in the Southern Gulf States. Here in the U.S. preparations have begun for the possible spread of Zika this summer.. Please do read our comprehensive article here. 


 
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