Infectious disease doctors have an expanded knowledge of infectious diseases and afflictions caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Infectious disease doctors are specialists in internal medicine with additional expertise in immunology, epidemiology, and infection control. They have a bachelor's degree in human biology, a master's degree work in medicine, and a two to three-year program with a focus on infectious diseases. Infectious diseases can cause infections almost anywhere in the body -- brain, bones, the gut, heart, lungs, sinuses, reproductive organs, or the urinary tract. A patient with any of the following problems might be referred to an infectious disease doctor for diagnosis and treatment:
- Infections of a serious or life-threatening nature
- When treatment of an infection causes worse or additional problems
- To diagnose a disease that other doctors are having trouble identifying
- When recurrent infections are a problem
- If a person has been hospitalized for an infectious disease
- If a person has contracted a health-care acquired infection (HAI)
Errors that infectious disease doctors might make are with medication (the most common error by any type of doctor), failure to diagnose, and misdiagnosis.
If you believe you or a loved one suffered a worsening of a condition due to an error made by an infectious disease doctor, you may be eligible for damages. Contact the experts at the Sweeney Law Firm and let us review the facts to see if you have a medical provider malpractice case. If we decide to take your case, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless there is a settlement or recovery of funds for you.