Misdiagnoses and Why They Occur

It is a sad phenomenon when a Nevada patient’s symptoms, illness or other health condition is misdiagnosed. A misdiagnosis of cancer can allow the disease to progress to the point where it’s no longer treatable. A misdiagnosis of a patient’s heart attack symptoms can cause them to have a potentially-fatal heart attack. And a stroke misdiagnosis can mean the patient did not receive the prompt treatment, resulting in permanent damage that could have been avoided.

In many misdiagnosis cases, a health care provider did not listen to the patient or take their symptoms seriously. If a doctor does not receive all the facts about a Nevada patient’s condition, they cannot order the necessary tests to accurately diagnose their disease.

Reasons for a Misdiagnosis

Some factors that may result in a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis include:

  • Failure to refer the patient to the appropriate specialist
  • Misreading or misinterpreting test results
  • Inability to recognize a tumor
  • An incorrectly-performed procedure
  • Failure to perform diagnostic tests
  • Equipment malfunction or defective medical tools
  • Misplaced laboratory results

If you are a resident of Nevada and you have suffered because of a misdiagnosis, please complete our online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will attempt to find a Nevada medical malpractice lawyer to help you recover the damages you deserve.