Report: Dallas Nurse Who Survived Ebola to Sue Hospital
Dallas-based nurse Nina Pham, the first person to contract Ebola in the U.S., plans to sue the parent company of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas for failing to provide adequate training.
Pham says she will file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources alleging that while she became the American face of the fight against the disease, the hospital’s lack of training and proper equipment and violations of her privacy made her “a symbol of corporate neglect — a casualty of a hospital system’s failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis.”
She says that Texas Health Resources was negligent because it failed to develop policies and train its staff for treating Ebola patients. She says Texas Health Resources did not have proper protective gear for those who treated Duncan.
Defense attorney Eric Guster said on "America's News Headquarters" this afternoon that he is not shocked that Pham is filing a lawsuit, and he believes she has a very strong case.
"Texas Presbyterian sent their nurses into a health minefield and said, 'Fend for yourself. Good luck,'" Guster said. "They had a duty to protect their nurses, to train them, from this Ebola outbreak, because they knew it was going to happen eventually. And they had a duty to protect them, and they simply did not."
Trial attorney Rachel Self agreed with Guster that Pham has a good case against Texas Health Resources for not being provided with the proper training and protections.
A spokesman for Texas Health Resources issued a statement, saying, "Nina Pham bravely served Texas Health Dallas during a most difficult time. We continue to support and wish the best for her, and we remain optimistic that constructive dialogue can resolve this matter."
Self said that Texas Health Resources would be fools to let this go to court and "constructive dialogue" could translate to a reaching a settlement.
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