Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis is one of the most common mistakes that result in patient injury or death. It is a type of medical malpractice that you often have the power to head off. All you have to do is get a second opinion.
Why Get a Second Opinion
A second opinion is an important tool for ensuring you and your loved ones are getting optimal treatment for your condition. In about one out of five cases, a second opinion results in a different diagnosis. Whether or not a second opinion results in a different diagnosis, it can be beneficial because it:
- Can confirm a diagnosis and help you commit to proper treatment
- Can give you more information about your condition
- Second doctor may offer different treatment options
- Second doctor may explain treatment options differently to help you decide which is best
Understanding your condition and your treatment options is paramount in making informed decisions about your medical care. Committing to your treatment can also improve its effectiveness.
When You Need a Second Opinion
You should always get a second opinion when you are diagnosed with a serious condition, such as a heart condition or cancer, and whenever surgical procedures or dangerous medical treatments are recommended. In fact, your insurance company may require it before it agrees to pay for your procedure.
How to Get a Second Opinion
Getting a second opinion is easy. Your doctor won’t be offended if you mention that you want one. Most will recommend it. You can start by asking your doctor for recommendations of another doctor or practice to go to for a second opinion. You may also ask your insurance company for recommendations. You may also ask family or friends who have similar conditions about their doctor or check local directories.
Unfortunately, not getting a second opinion may lead to misdiagnosis and either no treatment or inappropriate treatment, a form of medical malpractice. If you have been a victim of this type of medical malpractice, we can help.
Please contact Andres & Berger in Haddonfield, New Jersey today for a free initial consultation on your legal rights and options.