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Getting a second opinion can help ensure you get proper care

When we visit a doctor for an examination, we tend to trust his or her assessment. This is because doctors are trained professionals and their opinions are based on years of medical training and practice. But no doctor is infallible and everyone is capable of making a mistake. The problem is that there can be serious consequences if a doctor makes an error when diagnosing a patient.

But one of the best ways that you can protect yourself from a misdiagnosis is to get more than one opinion about your condition and its treatment. Seeking a second opinion is a common practice among conscientious patients and you should not be afraid to follow suit. And obtaining a second opinion is especially advisable if any of the following is true:

  • The treatment that was recommended is controversial, experimental or risky.
  • You are not clear about the initial diagnosis.
  • Your choices of possible tests or treatments vary greatly in regard to cost.
  • You have a number of different medical issues.
  • You no longer feel confident about your doctor.
  • You have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or highly unusual condition.

If you have any degree of concern about a diagnosis, it is best to get a second opinion as soon as possible. You see, if your doctor treats your condition incorrectly, you may lose valuable time getting proper care. If this happens, it is very likely that your condition will worsen.

A worsened condition typically leads to the need for more extensive and expensive care than would have been required if the correct diagnosis was originally rendered. So, if you or a loved one should come to harm due to a doctor's failure to diagnose properly, a medical malpractice attorney may be able to get you compensation to cover costs for your current and future needs.

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