Second Opinions and Medical Malpractice
October 4, 2018
Doctors and other medical professionals are held in high esteem in today’s society, and rightfully so. As a patient, you seek a doctor to treat your medical condition, and you trust that they will do the right thing and prescribe the right medicine to help you.
But as trusting as you may be, there is always the risk that a medical professional will make a mistake. This type of mistake, misdiagnosis, or failure to diagnose could have a devastating impact on your health, leaving you harmed worse than before.
This is why it is recommended that you seek a second medical opinion when dealing with your well-being. It could go a long way in keeping you from suffering further harm or worse — death.
Why a Second Opinion Matters When Seeking Medical Care
Studies have shown that getting a second medical opinion can increase the likelihood of receiving a correct diagnosis. It can also help you avoid incorrect treatment for a misdiagnosis, as well as speed up the process of receiving the right treatment.
As a patient, it is imperative that you are active in your own medical care. That means communicating openly with your doctors in regard to symptoms and problems you are experiencing. Keeping notes and records on symptoms and medical care will go a long way toward getting the correct diagnosis.
Do not hesitate to ask questions, and never hesitate to get a second opinion, especially if you are wary about the first opinion.
There have been instances where a patient accepted an initial diagnosis, only to incur more harm and no solution to their medical condition. It was not until they sought out a second medical opinion that the original misdiagnosis was discovered. In this instance, the first step should be to make sure you get the correct and proper medical care. After that, you may want to pursue legal action against the doctor or other medical professional who provided the original misdiagnosis.
Contact Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Erie, PA
Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex and often involve a lot of dedicated work. That is why you will need the expertise of Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., a dedicated team of attorneys who will fight on your behalf. We understand just how much a doctor’s error can negatively impact your life, both physically and financially. We will work to make sure you receive maximum compensation for any pain and suffering, while you concentrate on recovery. Our attorneys regularly represent victims of medical malpractice throughout Pennsylvania, including Erie, Meadville, and North East, PA.
If you want to begin discussing your case today, fill out the online contact form to connect with an experienced attorney. You can also call us at (814) 273-2010.
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