Texas Legal Reforms to Play a Part in 'Ebola Lawsuits'?

October 27, 2014

The Associated Press today writes about expected litigation from the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who was initially misdiagnosed but then passed away from Ebola after returning from West Africa.

"In a land of lawsuits, this case seems made for litigation," writes AP's Matt Sedensky and Michael Tarm.

The story highlights the role that Texas' medical liability reforms could play in such litigation, as well as its impact on medical liability lawsuits overall. Since those reforms were enacted, the "state Department of Insurance said Thursday that the number of medical malpractice claims fell by 64 percent between 2003 and 2012, and the average payout dropped by one-third."

Because of these reforms, Duncan's family -- and other similar Ebola-related lawsuits filed in Texas -- will face higher legal hurdles with any "settlement likely" to be limited.

Read the full story here.