When faced with a diagnosis of a serious condition requiring extensive treatment, desiring a second opinion is understandable. Many doctors are supportive of patients who seek a second opinion and you do have the right to get confirmation of your status from another doctor.
When to Get a Second Opinion
There are some instances when a second opinion may be warranted. When you have been diagnosed with a condition that requires surgery, getting a second opinion may be helpful. One in 20 people are misdiagnosed. Even when you trust your doctor, for such a serious situation, getting the condition confirmed by another doctor may be somewhat reassuring that the diagnosis is correct.
If you have a condition for which you are being treated and you are not getting better, you may want to pursue a second opinion. Doctors mean well; however, there are a fair number of health conditions that are misdiagnosed. Symptoms of illness and/or conditions often may overlap. Second opinions sometimes save lives and often result in a change of treatment plan.
There are patients who do not feel like their doctor is listening to them. The doctor may prescribe a course of treatment that doesn’t sound right or perhaps it could be that the doctor has not adequately answered questions regarding specific symptoms. This is also a time to get a second opinion.
When faced with a major health concern, most insurance plans will cover the costs of a second opinion. With that being said, it is still prudent to check with your insurance company to ensure that they will cover the cost. If you are getting a second opinion about a medication you are taking, chances are your insurance will not cover it. When in doubt about coverage, always check first so you won’t be surprised later.
A second opinion may prevent you from having an unnecessary procedure or it may result in a more effective treatment plan. Where your health is concerned, you always want to make the best decisions. When it comes to legal issues regarding personal injury, you also want to make wise decisions. Choosing attorneys that specialize in personal injury law will help you get the compensation you deserve.
The law firm of Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A. specializes in personal injury cases. We serve the region of southwest Florida, working diligently with our clients to help them get compensation for their losses. If you have such a case, contact us at one of our offices. We are located in Englewood, Port Charlotte, and North Port, serving you with excellence, care, and compassion.