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Daniel Pollack, attorney and professor at Yeshiva University’s School of Social Work in New York City, and Elisa Reiter, Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

To ensure people maintain their maximum health it is not uncommon to seek a second medical opinion. This provides an added measure of objective information in an effort to yield a truly informed decision. Not only does a person often have the right to this second opinion, providers and payers, in an effort to reduce costs and unnecessary risks, will encourage patients to seek a second opinion. A person can trust their doctor yet still ask for a second opinion. Depending on the situation, be it regarding diagnosis or treatment, a second opinion can bolster a person’s emotional outlook on their medical condition. This added peace of mind can positively impact treatment results.

Just as doctors may differ regarding their diagnosis and mode of treatment of a patient—stemming from their own unique experience, training, and education—they may have different perspectives regarding what may constitute child abuse and neglect. A single medical opinion may lead to a child being sent to foster care or to a termination of parental rights.

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