Signs and symptoms of Legionnaires are very similar to pneumonia (lung infection) and may include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches and headache.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has developed symptoms of Legionnaires disease, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Legionnaires Disease Rocks Illinois Veterans Home
January 10, 2019 – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is reporting that a number of residents at a facility in Manteno have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, an often deadly form of pneumonia transmitted through tiny airborne water droplets. An IDVA spokesperson said the strict quarantine protocol enacted by the veterans home was taken out of an abundance of caution, as Illinois law only requires this procedure when at least 2 cases of Legionnaires’ have been suspected.
Most cases of Legionnaires disease are treated with a combination of antibiotics, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, in patients with Pontiac fever (a condition very similar to, and often misdiagnosed as Legionnaires), antibiotics should not be prescribed. Click on the following link to view the most recent IDSA-ATS guidelines for treatment of community-acquired pneumonia.
How Did it Get its Name?
Legionnaires’ disease got its name from the first outbreak in which the bacterium was identified as the cause, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health administration (OSHA). This outbreak occurred in 1976, in a Philadelphia hotel where the Pennsylvania American Legion was having a convention.
Sources of Infection
Legionella is a common bacterium typically found in freshwater environments, according to the CDC. The problem occurs when it grows and spreads in human-made building water systems, such as:
- Showerheads and sink faucets
- Cooling towers (structures that contain water and a fan as part of centralized air cooling systems for building or industrial processes)
- Hot tubs that aren’t drained after each use
- Decorative fountains and water features
- Hot water tanks and heaters
- Large plumbing systems
‘We Were There’ – Legionnaires’: CDC Video
Are You at Risk?
People who may be at an increased risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease include:
- People 50 years or older
- Current or former smokers
- People with chronic lung disease
- People with weakened immune systems
- People who take drugs that can weaken their immune systems (after a transplant operation or chemotherapy)
- People with underlying illnesses such as diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure
Can I File a Class Action?
Our lawyers have decided against entering into a class action lawsuit involving allegations of Legionnaires’ disease injuries against responsible parties. It has been our experience that individual lawsuits in this type of litigation are far more beneficial to the client in the long-run, both in terms of potential compensation for damages, as well as lower attorney fees and greater control over your own case. Contact us today if you feel you may have a case.
1 Dead, 10 Sick in Legionnaires Outbreak at Wisconsin Hospital
December 20, 2018 – One person died and at least 10 others developed symptoms of Legionnaires disease at UW Health University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. The Director of Infection Control there says the outbreak is related to a reduction in water-flow at the facility during times of low usage.
Do I Have a Legionnaires Disease Lawsuit?
The Workplace and Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Legionnaires lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with Legionnaires disease, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.