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Should I Get a Second Opinion?

Medical malpractice cases involve a breach of standard of care, and are filed due to medical errors including:

When to get a second opinion

Patients often feel anxious asking their doctor about getting a second opinion; they worry whether their doctors may be offended by their doubts. It’s important for patients to know that a good doctor will always welcome a second opinion—it is a matter of being responsible for the patient’s health. Physicians should never get defensive about patients seeking a second opinion.

When to Seek a Second Opinion

When patients are diagnosed with a condition or are given a treatment plan, they should always consider certain factors before accepting their diagnosis as the final word. Patients should know:

After finding out the answers to these questions, patients may feel the need to seek out another opinion. You should get a second opinion if:

Researching and making appointments with someone who is a leading specialist in your condition is beneficial. Physicians frequently have different outlooks and philosophies regarding the treatment of certain illnesses. Second opinions can confirm a diagnosis, let patients know if there has been a misdiagnosis, and provide alternative options for treatment.

Contact Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP

Avoid the need to file for medical malpractice by always seeking out a second opinion in the case of serious illnesses and non-emergency surgeries. Second opinions ensure proper treatment and prevent medical errors. If necessary, a third opinion can never hurt.

Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP is the Atlanta personal injury and medical malpractice firm with the experience necessary to represent you. If you believe you have been injured due to the negligence of medical professional, allow our attorneys to review your case. Contact us online or call (404) 845-0012.