Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease Expert Witness

Coronavirus as an infectious diseaseAn Infectious Disease expert witness is a physician who testifies on the diagnosis and treatment of infections like COVID-19 (SARS), pneumonia, and sepsis.  Infectious Disease (also called Infectious Diseases) is the medical specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of infections. Infections may be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites, and include such entities as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, MRSA, C. difficile diarrhea, meningitis, sepsis, shingles, and chickenpox. Infectious Disease specialists are also called upon to evaluate patients with fever of unknown origin, and to treat established infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections, sepsis, and meningitis. Infectious Disease specialists see patients in both office-based practices and hospital systems. An experienced Infectious Disease expert witness can address any of these areas.

Infectious Disease Case Matter

Entities commonly treated by Infectious Disease expert witnesses include:

  • Chickenpox
  • COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2; Coronavirus)
  • E. coli (including E. coli 0157:H7)
  • Infectious Mononucleosis (Epstein Barr)
  • Influenza A and B
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Salmonella and Shigella
  • Septic shock (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome)
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Tetanus
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • Tuberculosis
  • Viral Hepatitis (Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C)
  • West Nile Virus
  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Litigation involving Infectious Disease specialists is rare. When it occurs, allegations may include delayed or improper treatment of infections, as well as complications from the treatment itself. More often, an Infectious Disease expert witness is called as a causation expert to explain the natural history of an infectious process and how treatment affects outcome.

Given the complexity of infectious diseases, an experienced Board-Certified Infectious Disease expert witness from a top university medical center is an invaluable resource for challenging assignments. To secure a hand-selected Infectious Diseases expert witness who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.

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Dr. Burton Bentley II, the CEO of Elite Medical Experts, is a nationally renowned authority on medical liability, informed consent, and complex issues at the intersections of medicine, law, and business. As a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Bentley founded Elite Medical Experts in 2010 while overseeing nearly a decade of year-over-year growth. Dr. Bentley also developed and patented a commercial medical device and co-founded Consent Spectrum, a state-of-the-art digital platform for informed consent in aesthetic medical procedures.  Outside of Elite, Dr. Bentley can be found spending time with his family and riding horses in Tucson’s riverbeds and deserts.

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