Saturday, March 28, 2020

Infectious Disease Expert Witness


The medical treatment of infectious disease falls into the medical field of infectiology and in some cases the study of propagation pertains to the field of epidemiology (how infections spread).  Generally, infections are initially diagnosed by primary care physicians or internal medicine experts. For example, an \"uncomplicated\" pneumonia will generally be treated by the internist or the pulmonologist (lung physician). The work of the infectious disease expert entails working with patients and general practitioners, as well as laboratory scientists, immunologists (how the body fights infection), and bacteriologists.


Our infectious disease experts are available pre-trial in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and medical malpractice cases for medical record review, consultation and medical literature research, on tropical diseases, tuberculosis, malaria, food poisoning, and viral encephalitis. Our infectious disease experts may also provide initial case reviewsmedical record reviews, written reports and testimony on HIV/AIDS, meningitis, and pneumonia. In providing these services, our infectious disease specialists review patient medical records, including laboratory reports and x-rays.  Our infectious disease experts are aware of countries with increased risks for infections.


Through expert witness testimony during arbitration and trial, our infectious disease physicians assist litigators, general counsels, pharmaceutical companies, and insurers in understanding mycobacterial infections, viruses, fungi, bacteria, protozoa, parasites, and the spread of diseases affecting the sinuses, brain, heart, lungs, urinary tract, bones, bowel, and pelvic organs. 


A case one of our infectious disease experts recently consulted on involved a 50-year-old Oklahoma male patient who died of infectious diseases involving ticks:


After being admitted to an emergency room, the patient was sent home, only to be admitted to the emergency room again.  The medical provider did not determine his illness, or ask the patient whether he suffered any incident involving ticks. No tests were completed for infections carried by ticks. The patient’s illness worsened.  He transferred to another hospital where he was properly diagnosed with infectious diseases carried by ticks. However, the diagnosis was too late to save his life.  He died from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Rickettsiae or Ehrlichia infection.


When our infectious disease expert reviewed the case for the attorneys representing the patient’s family, our medical expert found it was probable the patient would not have died if the diagnosis of systemic Rickettsiose or Ehrlichioses had not been completely missed during his first visit to the emergency room.  Had he been treated in a timely manner while he was initially hospitalized, he might have survived.  While in the emergency room, he gave the medical provider a history of headaches, back pains, diarrhea, chills and fever for two days.  He thought he pulled his back while lifting sheet-rock.  The medical provider diagnosed lumbar strain and sinusitis.  He was treated with trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, a muscle relaxer, and ibuprofen.


The symptoms of back pain and diarrhea were not usually associated with bacterial sinusitis. Significant fever was not associated with back pain caused from muscular strain.  In this case the patient did not have any of the symptoms or signs often associated with sinusitis. There was a lack of evidence to diagnose the patient with sinusitis.  The medical provider did not consider the many infectious diseases patient\'s symptoms of fever, headache, and diarrhea could have been associated with, and instead, diagnosed and treated him as suffering from back strain and sinusitis.


When transferred to another hospital after his second emergency room visit, patient was diagnosed with ehrlichiosis by a serological test.  This was almost three weeks after his clinical infection with Ehrlichia began.


After receiving our expert’s opinion, the attorneys representing the patient’s family were more confident in alleging the patient’s medical provider breached a standard of care, and that this breach actually and proximately caused his death.


AMFS provides a network of experts who have taught at leading universities on infectious disease topics.  An expert witness with teaching experience is a tremendous advantage during a lawsuit because during trials, arbitrations, and discovery, the players in litigation, require a teacher to explain issues of liability, causation, and damages. 


Our infectious disease physicians have written articles for peer review on infectious disease in often referenced medical and scientific journals.  This means our experts have knowledge of published opinions and counter opinions on the infectious disease area in question in a client’s case, and can explain to a jury, judge, or other participant in a lawsuit, how the expert’s opinions agree or disagree with other local or national published experts. Our expert witnesses who have published in peer review publications get the benefit of research and opinions being deemed worthy to publish for the world, establishing authority and veracity.


With one phone call, we offer experts located throughout the United States, who demonstrate relevant education, board certification, and private practice experience.  Our expert witnesses routinely perform the very procedures at issue in litigation. Our practitioner expert witnesses with hands-on experience are not vulnerable to cross examination or critics.


Our experts serve as our clients’ messengers to jurors, judges, and other litigation participants.  The involvement of our Medical Directors enables us to undertake doctor-to-doctor dialogue to assign a physician to a client who is a skilled public speaker and a leader in local and national medical societies. 


The credibility of our expert witnesses is intertwined with how our infectious disease medical experts look and sound, not just the content of their messages.  Our experts are personally likable, allowing people to relate to them in courtroom environments and other presentations. Some of our prior clients have considered our experts Top Notch and our network a valuable resource in helping attorneys understand the medical issues of cases. 

Below, you’ll find a small sample of the education and credentials of just a few of the infectious disease experts in our network.  Keep in mind, when there is not already an expert in our network that fits the needs of a client, AMFS can recruit quickly and effectively at no cost to our client as our Medical Directors are able to undertake peer-to-peer discussions about specific case needs and issues, providing each client with best in class results. 


Expert ID#: E20159

Specialty: Infectious Disease

Location: Houston, TX

Education & Training

BS, Oral Roberts University, 1982

PhD, Physiology, Louisiana State Univ. Medical Center, 1983-1984

MD, Louisiana State Univ. School of Medicine, 1989

Fellowship, Infectious Disease, University of Utah School of Medicine, 1994

Internal Medicine Internship and Residency, Baylor School of Medicine, 1992


Expert ID#: E08441

Specialty: Infectious Disease

Location: Birmingham, AL

Education & Training

BS, Univeristy of Alabama, 1965

MD, Medical College of Alabama, 1969

Intern, Carraway Methodist Med Center, 1970

Resident-Internal Medicine, University Hospital Birmingham, 1972

Fellowship-Infectious Disease, University Hospital Birmingham, 1974


Expert ID#: E04010

Specialty: Infectious Disease

Location: Hillsborough, CA

Education & Training

AB, Bowdoin College, 1985

MSc, Harvard University School of Public Health, 1987

Fulbright Scholar, Centro Internacional de Investigaciones Medicas, 1989

MD, University of Colorado, Denver, 1992

Internal Medicine Internship, University of Colorado, 1993

Internal Medicine Residency, Stanford University Hospital, 1995

Fellow in Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine, Stanford University Hospital, 1998


Expert ID#: E20911

Specialty: Infectious Disease

Location: San Diego, CA

Education & Training

BS, Georgetown University, 1976

Fellow in Community Medicine, University of Rochester, 1980

MD, University of Rochester, 1982

Intern and Junior Resident in Medicine, University of California, San Diego, 1984

Senior Resident in Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital, 1985

Chief Medical Resident, University of California, San Diego, 1986

Fellow-in-Residence, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California, San Diego, 1991

Graduate Fellow, The RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies, 1995

Fellow, RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies, 1995


Expert ID#: E06796

Specialty: Infectious Disease

Location: Omaha, NE

Education & Training

BA, Emory University, 1982

MD, Emory University School of Medicine, 1986

Internal Medicine residency, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, 1989

Infectious Disease fellowship, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine 1992

Call today (or complete our contact form) for a free consultation with one of our Medical Directors to discuss your case needs and learn more about Infectious Disease Expert Witnesses in our network.


AMFS maintains the most comprehensive network of pre-qualified medical experts in all specialties.  Our in-house Medical Directors are prepared to consult, recommend and arrange for medical analysis and testimony as required for your case.


Our extensive experience and vast network of physicians enable us to rapidly identify and interview potential medical experts on your behalf and provide you with the C.V.s of those who are best suited to your case.

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