If you or someone close to you has ever been diagnosed with a serious illness, you already know how stressful it can be. On the other hand, receiving no diagnosis at all can be incredibly frustrating—and just as stressful—if you are experiencing symptoms.
Unfortunately, diagnostic errors are alarmingly common in the United States. According to CBS News, roughly 12 million American adults seeking outpatient care are misdiagnosed annually. What’s more, researchers suspect that in half of these cases, the error has the potential to cause life-threatening complications.
At the end of the day, even the most caring and attentive providers are likely to make a mistake at some point, so it is important that patients know when to seek a second opinion. We’ll discuss two of those scenarios in this blog.
If your healthcare provider made an error when diagnosing or treating you or a member of your family, contact The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial stress that substandard care can place on you and your loved ones. Our legal team will do everything in their power to help you hold the at-fault provider and facility accountable. Call 212-421-0300 to schedule a free case evaluation with a medical malpractice attorney in New York City.
Read on to learn two scenarios when you should seek a second opinion after a medical diagnosis:
If Your Physician Recommends an Invasive Procedure
Getting diagnosed with any kind of medical condition is scary, but it can also be somewhat reassuring. Once a physician knows what’s wrong, you can take the steps needed to treat the condition or at least manage its symptoms.
If the recommended procedures are relatively invasive, though, it is best to seek a second opinion. Otherwise, you might undergo a risky procedure when a less invasive option is available.
If Test Results Are Negative or Inconclusive
If you are experiencing symptoms but diagnostic tests do not reveal anything abnormal, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are perfectly healthy. At the very least, getting a second opinion and undergoing further tests can help put your mind at ease.
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If you were misdiagnosed and you think medical negligence is to blame, contact The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny. We’ve seen firsthand just how devastating the effects of medical malpractice can be, and we are proud to help patients and their families pursue the compensation they need to move on with life.
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