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U.S. Ebola death may have involved hospital negligence

On Wednesday, a man in Dallas died from Ebola. In the days before his death the victim told hospital staff he recently visited West Africa, but it appears they erred by not sufficiently considering the Ebola virus as the cause of his symptoms.

The man was sent home from the hospital before he returned several days later with worsened symptoms.

Sadly, the man's family faces an extremely tough challenge if they want to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital. Texas has some of the most hospital-friendly malpractice laws in the country.

Ohio also has a playing field that's heavily skewed in favor of doctors and hospitals. If a patient is able to successfully file a lawsuit, then his or her damages award will likely be decimated by laws that cap, or reduce, the amount of money one can recover.

Hopefully, Ebola misdiagnosis will not become a problem in Ohio during this deadly outbreak. The virus is an absolute nightmare for those in the health industry because there is no cure and, even with treatment, it presents a high mortality rate.

Still, the sooner a doctor can diagnose Ebola the better the outlook for the patient.

Source: NBC News, "Could Hospital Face Ebola Death Lawsuit? Success Unlikely, Experts Say," Oct. 8, 2014

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