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When might a second opinion be necessary?

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Individuals in Illinois and elsewhere who experience health concerns might wish to take every possible measure to seek the best treatment available. In some cases, such desire could lead a person to wonder if the first doctor they visited provided an accurate diagnosis and path of care, or if it might be wise to seek out a second opinion. While a second opinion could help provide clarity and peace of mind, in some cases, such measures could also be integral to identifying the possible presence of medical negligence.

Second opinions

There may be a multitude of reasons for which to seek a second opinion for the diagnosis of a medical condition. For instance, patients who are diagnosed with a major medical condition such as cancer may wish to be certain that the initial assessment is accurate prior to deciding on a path of care. If a diagnosis prompts a need for a major surgical procedure, a patient may also wish to seek a second opinion prior to scheduling the operation.

In some cases, an initial visit to a doctor might result in no diagnosis or treatment and individuals who have concerns about a similar outcome might also feel better after seeking another opinion. Those who feel that they did not receive adequate care or feel that the initial visit was not thorough enough may also wish to take similar measures. While in some cases, a second opinion may only act to confirm the results of an initial visit, it could also carry different results and when this occurs, knowing how to decide which party to trust can be a daunting task.

Severe injuries

While seeking a second opinion could help in many scenarios, such a decision might not always protect a person from being subjected to medical negligence. Individuals who suffer serious or permanent harm due to the negligent actions of a medical professional may be left with questions about their available options for legal recourse, and they could choose to speak with an attorney for guidance on the next steps to take. An attorney can help a client in Illinois better understand all his or her available options and assist in preparing to seek the restitution deserved through a claim against all parties deemed responsible.


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