Just like our clients who are coping with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, lawyers at The Williams Law Firm, P.C., in New York City are quick to turn to the Internet to answer questions ranging from legal precedent to the best weekend recipes.
In this digital media age, when people are sick, their first stops tends to be the Internet information superhighway. According to the Pew Research Center, three out of four Internet users turn to the Web to look for information about illnesses, symptoms, treatments and healthcare providers.
But just how reliable is the web when you’re battling mesothelioma?
The specialists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City have mixed feelings about the emergence of Internet-driven medical diagnoses. On the one hand, the sheer volume of health information on the Internet can better enable mesothelioma survivors to strategize their care plan. On the other hand, there’s few people actually fact-check Internet medical data. That means some medical reporting on the Web may be slanted, insubstantial or downright false.
Here are four tips for surveying the quality of online mesothelioma info:
- Lean on websites operated by respected health organizations.
- Dig deeper into the websites you visit. Look for an “About Us” page, high-quality sources and links, and easy-to-find contact information. Websites without these features should be considered suspect.
- Be very wary of any cancer-treatment website that promises a cure.
- Always loop in your real-world cancer treatment team when you’re researching new treatments or have questions about emerging science.
At The Williams Law Firm, our New York City mesothelioma trial lawyers care as much about your health outlook as we do about building a case on your behalf.
When you need solid advice and information about mesothelioma treatment resources in New York City, please contact our law firm online or call our practice directly at (855) 955-6376. Our asbestos attorneys represent clients from Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Upstate New York and nationwide.