Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient in Dallas who died Wednesday, may have been sent home while ill with the disease, and the doctors and nurses treating him may have failed to act on his report of coming from West Africa.
But will those health-care providers or their hospital be legally liable? Not likely, Texas legal experts say.
Tort reform and other legal changes in Texas since 2003 have made it one of the most difficult states in which to bring a medical malpractice suit, said Charles Silver, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
"I doubt that you could find a plaintiff's attorney to even take this case unless it was solely for the publicity value," Silver said. "I can't see why somebody would take this case for just strictly a contingent fee.