When you get sick, you go to the doctor and trust that he or she will properly diagnose and treat your ailment. However, doctors are human and as trusting as you may be of them, there is always the risk that he or she may make a mistake. A mistake or misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition can have significant impacts on your life and your well-being.
If you are seriously ill, it is always important to get a second medical opinion. Although you may not think you can afford a second opinion, the price you could end up paying for your trusted physician’s errors could be more than you can afford.
Important Reasons to Always Get a Second Opinion
Below are some important reasons why you should always get a second medical opinion:
A wrong or misinterpreted medical diagnosis can seriously damage your health, and ultimately your life. In some cases, a medical misdiagnosis is irreversible and can result in serious suffering, a diminished standard of life, or even death.
For instant, if you go to your doctor with a long-lasting cough, he may tell you that you have a cold and simply give you a cough syrup. You do not get a second opinion and just take the cough medicine, only to find out later that you have an advanced stage lung cancer that proper chemotherapy could have stopped the cancer from spreading.
Life Altering Impact
As a result of your physician’s misdiagnosis, you suffered additional medical injuries and required additional medical treatment. These additional conditions and treatments have left you in significant financial debt, which has impacted other aspects of your life. You also no longer trust your doctor and have even become skeptical of other medical professionals. You now must deal with emotional and physical hardships resulting from your additional injuries.
The bottom line is medical malpractice can significantly impact both the victim and their loved ones. This impact generally runs much deeper than what appears on the surface. You should never take chances with your health. Getting second opinions can even mean life and death in certain cases. It is important to protect yourself and your loved ones by insisting on a second opinion from an expert.
Call a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
If believe that you or a loved one has suffered additional injuries due to a misdiagnosis by a medical professional, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to consult with one of our experienced New York medical malpractice attorneys, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.