Why You Should Always Get a 2nd Opinion for Medical Care
Whether you suffered a personal injury in a car accident, work-related accident, dog bite, ski accident, etc., it is advisable to receive a second opinion regarding your medical care. This is especially important if surgical procedures or long-term rehabilitative treatment are required to correct the injury. Receiving a second opinion can help you make the best decision for your health and improve your prospect of making a full recovery. There are many other reasons to receive a second opinion, and we strongly recommend considering them all when making decisions about medical treatment following an injury.
Securing a second opinion can help protect you against a misdiagnosis. Doctors are not perfect, and they can make mistakes. Sometimes, one doctor will miss something that another will see. On the other hand, a second doctor can confirm the original diagnosis and treatment recommendation, thus adding confidence in the medical care you should pursue.
A second opinion can provide you additional treatment options. One physician may recommend a particular course of treatment, while a second may recommend an alternative course that is less-invasive and more effective. In many cases, combining the advice of both doctors can contribute to an improved outcome following a personal injury.
Personal comfort is another reason to seek a second opinion for medical care. You should feel 100% comfortable with the advice and skills of your physician as you recover. If you are not comfortable and do not feel as if your concerns are addressed, you may feel more comfortable under another physician’s care. The more comfortable you are, the more likely you are to adhere to your treatment regimen and recover from your personal injuries.
Finally, a second opinion strengthens the evidence of your claim. Should you choose to pursue a legal remedy for a traumatic brain injury, car accident, etc., it is more difficult for opposing counsel to challenge two physicians’ consenting opinions who provide the same diagnosis and recommendations for medical care.
We wish all our clients a safe and healthy new year. However, if you find yourself with an unwelcome injury, our team will represent you as you pursue a personal injury claim in Colorado. We invite you to contact Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover, P.C. at (303) 447-1144 for more information about the legal services we offer clients along the Front Range.
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