Second Opinion

Going to the doctor when you know something is wrong can cause heightened anxiety. When you receive a diagnosis from your health care provider in Florida, you may consider getting a second opinion. 

While this extra step can help you feel confident that doctors got your diagnosis right, there is another powerful reason to get a second opinion. Because medical malpractice happens and doctors make mistakes, seeking a second opinion can help to protect you against a potentially harmful outcome. 

Serious medical inquiries

You will not benefit from spending the time to get a second opinion for a common head cold. However, for more serious medical diagnoses, a second opinion can provide great value including the following: 

  • Provide reassurance 
  • Give confirmation of your prior diagnosis 
  • Suggest alternative solutions 

Because serious health conditions often require intense treatments, lots of money and may permanently affect your life, getting a second opinion may provide crucial information as you prepare to make a decision. Combining the resources you gain from both doctors can help you to make a well-informed and confident decision about your treatment plan. 

Ask for recommendations

When you begin looking for another doctor to give you a second opinion, you can reach out to other people with similar conditions to your own. Perhaps they have insight or recommendations for doctors they have worked with and respect. According to Web MD, it is not uncommon for people to consult with their doctor for recommendations as well. In fact, your doctor should willingly provide you with the names of other professionals who you can consult for a second opinion.


About the Author

Pam Olsen Personal Injury Attorney

Ms. Olsen has practiced law since 1992. During her law school education and throughout career she knew, if it is not about people, she is not interested. Everything about people interests Ms. Olsen from the simple details of living to the most profound. She began her law career in a skyscraper in downtown Miami representing corporate interests. Within a VERY short time, Pam knew that side of the things in the world was not for her.

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