In Arizona and other states, people who have been diagnosed with a serious illness may want to research other doctors and seek a second opinion. Friends and family could be helpful in recommending a doctor. The physician a person chooses should have experience with the particular disease with which they have been diagnosed. The doctor chosen for the second opinion should be given copies of the person's medical records. Researching the illness could help identify a symptom the person didn't think to tell anyone about.
One reason to get a second opinion for a life-threatening diagnosis is if a person thinks it may be a misdiagnosis. Despite the emotions involved, a person shouldn't simply accept it without input from other physicians. Doctors could make mistakes, and a delay in the proper treatment may lead to a worsened medical condition and possibly death. It isn't necessary to tell the current doctor about seeking another physician's input.
Another reason to find a doctor for another opinion is if the current doctor suggests a treatment plan that the person finds unsatisfactory. If a person is uncomfortable with the direction of their treatment, then another physician can give their professional opinion on the situation. Another doctor may know of a more beneficial treatment.
If someone has been injured or lost a loved one due to medical malpractice, such as a failure to diagnose, a misdiagnosis, or medical professional negligence, then an experienced medical malpractice attorney could help. An attorney could evaluate and assemble a civil claim based on investigations by a state medical board. The attorney may represent the person in court and could negotiate a settlement with the responsible party. An attorney could help the person receive the damages they could be due, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.