Second Opinions and Medical Malpractice
The more often you visit a medical office, the higher the likelihood that you could become the victim of medical malpractice. It’s important to understand what can happen if a doctor or nurse does not provide the standard of care we’ve all come to expect. That’s why many people ask if a second opinion will help to prevent medical malpractice.
Looking into the Importance of a Second Opinion
When it comes to your health, you shouldn’t simply listen to what just one doctor has to say, especially when dealing with serious diseases such as cancer. There’s nothing stopping you from getting a second opinion on such matters. You don’t have to qualify for a second opinion, which means you really should consider getting one if you’ve been diagnosed or ruled to be healthy by the first doctor you see.
How important is a second opinion? According to a study done by the Mayo Clinic, the diagnoses of 21 percent of cases (286 patients) were changed by the Mayo Clinic when the patients came to them for second opinions. The data was released in 2017 and involved patients who were sent to the Mayo Clinic by their primary doctors.
So, what does this study show? For starters, the results of the study show that a second opinion has a strong chance of changing or adjusting the initial diagnosis. When you seek a second opinion you very well could increase the chances of a correct diagnosis, avoid receiving the wrong treatment for your condition, and speed the process of receiving the right treatment.
Schedule a Consultation With a Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Attorney
Do you believe that the actions of your doctor caused you to suffer an injury beyond what you were receiving treatment for in the first place? Medical malpractice is a serious issue that affects thousands of people every year. Contact the office of Berger & Lagnese to schedule an appointment with an experienced medical malpractice attorney today.
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