Even if it’s true, it’s still almost unbelievable.
A recent report out of Dallas indicates that nurses and other healthcare providers treating the first American with Ebola were not instructed to use full hazmat suits and comply with reasonable containment procedures until the diagnosis was confirmed. Confirmation didn’t occur until two days after the patient’s blood was taken for testing. This, despite the fact the patient was known to have returned recently from Liberia.
Many Americans are suspicious of big business, and medical care has become big business over the years. Hospitals are constantly getting in trouble for overbilling and other attempts to take money out of the pockets of honest Americans. Even knowing all that, it is still difficult to believe that they would put their own nurses at risk just to save a few dollars.
Still, we cannot afford to disbelieve something just because it shouldn’t be true. Businesses put their employees at risk all the time. Common examples of business negligence include:
- Improperly installed or missing fire alarms and other emergency equipment
- Lack of proper medical supplies and training in regards to accidents
- Skipping proper maintenance on vehicles and other machinery
- Improper disposal of hazardous wastes and failure to keep environments clear of dangerous materials
This is the type of story that gets all the news coverage, because Ebola is a potentially catastrophic health crisis. Thousands could die because of the hospital’s negligence. But just because this is an extreme example doesn’t mean we should ignore all the other incidents of company negligence, even if they lead to a single injury instead of thousands of deaths. If you or a loved one has been injured or sickened on the job, contact a knowledgeable attorney to help put an end to the culture of corporate negligence.