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Can I Get a Second Medical Opinion?

When you rely on your medical provider for your care and treatment of any condition you may have, there may be times when you feel their decisions don’t align with yours. In these situations, you may feel uncomfortable moving forward despite them pressuring you to give consent.

You should know what your rights are regarding a second medical opinion, the times you may need to get one, and what you need to do to start the process. First, know that you can get a second medical opinion. Below, we’ll explain why it may be necessary and what to do.

When to Get a Second Opinion

You can have any reason to pursue a second opinion from another medical professional. However, some reasons may be more common than others, including the following:

  • You’re not confident in your doctor’s ability to perform a procedure

  • You’re interested in alternative treatment options

  • You’re not sure the doctor’s diagnosis of your condition is correct

  • You’re looking at all options for treatment

  • You’re having trouble communicating with your doctor

What You Need to Do

While you want to receive treatment and move past your condition, know that you don’t have to rush to make a decision. A second opinion may be helpful, but there are steps you need to take before moving forward.

First, you must ensure that your health insurance provider will take care of the costs of getting a second opinion. Second, get recommendations from your current doctor or insurance provider to determine which specialist will provide your second opinion. Make sure you can get the new doctor your medical records and more.

At Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., we’re committed to keeping our community safe. Despite many doctors being safe and reliable, some are unethical and dishonest. Our Northwest Indiana medical malpractice attorneys are here to hold those negligent medical professionals accountable if they cause you significant harm.

Call our firm today at (219) 212-2462.