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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she should have never traveled on a commercial airline. The public asked why health officials cleared her to board a plane with a fever, given her exposure to Ebola. And news outlets have reported on the many missteps that put her at risk of contracting the disease — as well as the consequences that followed. Now the family of Amber Vinson, 29, the second nurse diagnosed with the disease after caring for Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, is “troubled by some of the negative public comments and media coverage that mischaracterize Amber and her actions.” And they’ve hired high-profile Washington attorney Billy Martin to clear some things up.
“Suggestions that she ignored any of the physician and government-provided protocols recommended to her are patently untrue and hurtful,” the family said Sunday in a statement. “In the interest of Amber and our family, we have retained esteemed attorney Billy Martin to provide us with legal counsel during this unfortunate and troubling time.” Martin represented NFL star Michael Vick, actor Wesley Snipes, former...
Unfortunately, suing the federal government under the FTCA is trickier than suing a private citizen -- you will have to jump through a number of hoops, and the lawsuits are subject to a lengthy and sometimes confusing list of limitations.
The Federal Tort Claims Act ("FTCA") Historically, under the doctrine of "sovereign immunity," you were not permitted to sue the king. Sovereign immunity has carried over to modern times in the form of a general rule that you cannot sue the government -- unless the government says you can. Fortunately, the Federal Tort Claims Act ("FTCA") allows certain kinds of lawsuits against federal employees who are acting within the scope of their employment. If you believe you may have a claim for negligence (careless conduct, or other wrongful or "tortious" conduct) against a federal agency or employee, you must first determine whether you can sue the federal government under the FTCA.
Unless your claim is allowed by the FTCA, there is a good chance it will be barred by sovereign immunity. (To learn more about what constitutes negligence, read Nolo's article Negligence, Duty of Care, and Fault for an Accident.)
If she sues .. then everyone who she has financially and emotionally injured by her need to sue her as well.
originally posted by: MagesticEsoteric
I don't care whether she had permission to fly or not, she should have had enough common sense to know that it wasn't a good idea.
She should have waited at least the 21 days or however long it takes to make sure she had a clean bill of health before trotting half way across the country on an airplane.
Seems common sense is becoming a rare commodity these days.