Dallas hospital initially releases man with Ebola virus

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Protection reported that the first American diagnosed with the Ebola virus was initially released by doctors at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Friday, September 26.

The Pop Tort, a consumer watchdog blog, writes that this move is not surprising, given Texas’ poor record with preventable medical errors. According to the CDC records, around 210,000 to 440,000 patients die each year from preventable harm that they encountered while under the care of hospitals or healthcare providers, making medical malpractice the third-leading cause of deaths among Americans. The emergency room in particular is the area where most cases of negligence occur.

Duke University-educated cardiologist Brant Mittler said the severe cap on the damage that can be awarded in medical malpractice cases in the state contributed to restricting patients’ legal rights and making Texas’ emergency rooms the most dangerous in the country.

A study published on July 22, 2014 by the Social Science Research Network showed that after Texas passed laws that limited medical malpractice lawsuits, instances of medical errors increased.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas know that negligent medical professionals cause undue harm to many people in Texas, and we are dedicated to holding these parties accountable for their damaging mistakes. Call our offices at (214) 457-1668 today to learn how we may advocate for you.

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