When Is It Time for a Second Opinion?


Seeing another doctor is one of the best ways to confirm a diagnosis or identify the early warning signs of medical malpractice. But how can you tell when it’s time for a second opinion? Let’s look at three factors that can help you decide.

You’re Uncomfortable

It’s important that you connect with your doctor and feel safe in their office. If you don’t feel comfortable when you go to the doctor, regardless of the reason, it’s time to explore other options.

Some of the most common reasons people feel uncomfortable in a doctor’s office may be due to the facility’s cleanliness, the staff’s attitude, or the doctor themself. Even if you can’t explain why you feel this way, remember that you are in control, and you can choose to see another doctor.

You Get a Rare Diagnosis

If your doctor diagnoses you with a rare or terminal condition, it may be time for a second opinion to confirm their diagnosis. Remember, medical science is repeatable. If you have a rare disease, other doctors should be able to use the same information to come to the same conclusion. If you see several doctors and none diagnosed you with the same rare condition, it’s more likely you were misdiagnosed.

You Find a Specialist for Your Condition

If you have a rare condition, you may want to seek a second opinion even if your regular doctor correctly diagnosed you. Treating rare ailments is challenging, and the possibility of an incorrect treatment plan or medication error rises when a doctor is unfamiliar with your illness. For that reason, if you’re diagnosed with a rare and serious ailment, you should seek out a specialist known for treating others with the same condition.

If you or someone you love experienced suffered due to medical malpractice, let us pursue justice on your behalf. If you’d like an experienced Cincinnati medical malpractice attorney from the Moore Law Firm to evaluate your case, please send us an email or call (513) 232-2000.

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