A recent poll shows that 70 percent of Americans do not feel the need to get a se-cond opinion on a diagnosis they have just received from their doctor or healthcare provider. However, the attorneys at Miami firm Hannon Legal Group know from their extensive experience in handling medical malpractice cases that getting a second opinion can have a huge impact on your healthcare.
Doctors do misread tests from time to time, especially when it comes to serious diseases like cancer and heart problems, and infections like sepsis. Getting a se-cond opinion can get you the treatment you need or keep you from having to un-dergo unnecessary procedures or surgery for a problem you don’t even have.
Yet many people are reluctant to seek a second opinion for fear of offending their doctor. They shouldn’t be. Most doctors encourage, even welcome, other opinions.
When should you get a second opinion?
• If your doctor is certain of their diagnosis. Another doctor may confirm exactly what the problem is.
• If your problem is not responding to treatment.
• If you don’t believe your doctor is listening to you or taking your problem seri-ously.
• If you have been diagnosed with a rare or life-threatening disease.
• If you don’t have confidence in your current physician. Medical researchers may debate the value of a positive attitude on your ability to recover from a serious disease, but if you don’t have confidence in your doctor, you could become stressed out and anxious, and that could exacerbate your condition.
If you think you have suffered unnecessarily because a doctor misdiagnosed your case and discouraged you from seeking another opinion, you may want to seek le-gal advice from the lawyers at Hannon Legal Group. Just click here or give us a call at (866) 835-6872 and we can schedule a time to review your case.