Do I Need a Second Opinion?
People are seeing their doctors more than ever. Health and safety is of utmost priority. We trust our doctors to diagnose any problems. If your injury or health problem isn’t getting better, what can you do? Should you get a second opinion? Do you need a second opinion?
Here are the facts that can help you decide when you need a second medical opinion:
Medical Errors Can Be Deadly
If you do not trust your medical professional, you should seek another opinion. Medical errors can lead to an incorrect diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, improper treatment, and more.
Johns Hopkins revealed that medical errors are the third leading cause of death each year – causing over 250,000 deaths in the US each year. Medical malpractice can and does happen. You must ensure you are receiving the proper diagnosis, medical care, and treatment for your injury.
Do You Need to Ask for Permission?
You may be under the impression you have to ask if you can get a second opinion. However, this is not usually the case.
If you want a second set of eyes to examine your injury or health concern, do it. You do not need to inform your original doctor of seeking out another opinion.
When Should You Seek Another Opinion?
There are times when you should consider getting a second doctor to evaluate your symptoms or injury. Situations that warrant a second opinion can include:
- injury or condition doesn’t improve with treatment
- suggested treatment is risky or dangerous
- doctor recommends surgery
- you suspect cancer
- diagnosis is unclear
- lack of trust in your doctor
- your doctor cannot properly diagnose you
- you feel your doctor is not taking your concerns seriously
Does Getting a Second Opinion Hurt My Case?
Most people aren’t medical experts. That is why we go to the doctor when we have a health concern. If the doctor makes a mistake with your diagnosis or treatment, it can be harmful or deadly. If you are the victim of medical malpractice, can a second opinion hurt your case?
Does a second opinion hurt your claim? A second opinion would not hurt your claim. In fact, a second opinion could save your life or fix your health issue. To us, the most valuable thing is your health and well-being. If a second opinion helps you get better – that is the best outcome.
In most situations, a claim is filed after there is harm. There are situations where the costs of a second opinion are covered within your claim. An attorney can help you protect your rights and explain your options.
Do You Need an Attorney?
If you were injured or suffered medical malpractice contact a personal injury attorney for help. An experienced injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Injury and malpractice claims are complicated. An experienced attorney will ensure you receive the highest compensation for your injuries.
Haggerty Silverman & Justice Injury Law Firm
The attorneys of Haggerty Silverman & Justice are here to help you. If you have questions about an injury, contact us today. Our team is here to help you with a free injury consultation. An attorney can explain how the law applies to your situation for free.