Nina Pham Lawsuit: The Complaint
It’s been some time, but Nina Pham is likely to submit a complaint in Dallas to begin a lawsuit against Texas Health for a number of things that mainly focus on the ideas that Texas Health violated her privacy and that the hospital was negligent in failing to develop policies and train its staff for treating Ebola patients. Of these two issues, the privacy violation issue will likely not be as interesting as the negligence issue.
Since the hospital claims that they were merely following state and federal guidelines when treating and protecting employees against exposure to ebola, the big question is, have they breeched some duty or care for doing more? This is going to be very interesting for emergency management professionals on both sides (public and private sectors) because if the court evaluates that the risk of having an ebola patient in the hospital was very low but still enforce that the hospital owed a duty to it’s employees and patients to develop extensive policies and training programs to treat a disease. A decision in favor of Ms. Pham on this issue may thrust hospitals throughout Texas, and possibly the nation, to begin investing substantial time and resources into preparing its staff for just about any obscure diseases which might have a low risk of occurring.
Before you grab your pen and start planning however, this lawsuit may be settled out of court before any new law is created.
Read a great article from the Dallas Morning News here: http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/nina-pham/