They say that the fear of public speaking is the number one fear that people have. It’s a safe bet that they probably didn’t survey people who are facing a need for surgery. The fear of surgery has also been touted as number one. When you consider what a surgical procedure entails and how many people you have to count on to do their jobs just right it’s understandable. Add to the inherent anxiety the stories you hear in the news about surgical malpractice cases in Atlanta and around the country, and many people might rather live with their condition. Unfortunately, with most surgeries that’s not an option.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a condition that requires surgery what should you do? Getting a second opinion is always a good idea and something that most insurance companies require. Of course, it’s not an option if you need emergency surgery but if it’s not an emergency situation get one even if it’s not required by your insurance. The second opinion gives you an opportunity to validate the diagnosis and recommended treatment. If there’s a difference of opinion between the surgeons you might even consider a third opinion. Through the process you will become more comfortable with the decision to have the surgery and will have exposure to more than one surgeon so that you can make an informed choice of who you are going to entrust your life to.
Even the best surgeons make mistakes. Becoming a victim of surgical malpractice can happen even if you’ve done your homework. If you live in the Atlanta area or anywhere in Georgia and this has happened to you please contact the surgical medical malpractice lawyers at Robbins Law, PC.