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Legionnaires Disease Lawsuit

Our firm is now investigating lawsuits on behalf of people who developed Legionnaires’ disease after staying in a hospital, hotel, or long-term healthcare facility.

Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is handling litigation on behalf of people who developed Legionnaires’ disease after staying in a hospital, hotel, or long-term healthcare facility.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with 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: 8 New Cases of Legionnaires Reported in Florida

June 6, 2019 – At least 8 new cases of Legionnaires disease have been reported in Duval County, Florida, bringing the statewide total to at least 144 cases since the beginning of the year, according to WJXT 4 Jacksonville.

From June 1, 2018, to present, those numbers are significantly higher — 33 cases in Duval County and 480 cases total in Florida. Duval County health authorities are still uncertain as to the source of the Legionella bacteria, or whether the outbreak is contained to a particular facility or area of the city.

What is Legionnaires Disease?

Legionnaires’ disease is a deadly form of pneumonia that spreads through inhalation of contaminated airborne water particles in or around cooling towers, ventilation systems, hot tubs, and fountains. The illness is severe and usually requires hospitalization, often in an intensive care unit.

Legionnaires’ in Hospitals and Nursing Homes

Nursing homes and hospitals need to do more to protect their patients from catching Legionnaires’ disease from contaminated water systems, according to a CDC analysis published June 9, 2017. The researchers looked at over 2,800 cases of Legionnaires’ that occurred in 2015 and determined that 553 definitely or possibly occurred in a healthcare facility such as a nursing home or a hospital. At least 66 patients died from the disease, according to the analysis.

“We know if those facilities have an effective water-management system they can prevent these infections,” said Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s acting director. “Nobody wants their loved one to go into a hospital or a long-term care facility and end up with Legionnaires’ disease.”

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include high fever, chills and coughing. The time between exposure to the bacteria and the appearance of symptoms is generally 2 to 10 days, but can take longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 5 and 30% of those who contract Legionnaires’ die from the disease.

Where Legionnaires’ is Found

  • Building water systems
  • Hot water heaters
  • Indoor spas
  • Pools
  • Fountains
  • Humidifiers
  • Ventilation and cooling systems

Who’s to Blame?

The owners and managers of any building or property where an outbreak of Legionnaires’ has occured face potential legal liability and claims from victims of the disease. In the past, this has included persons and corporations involved with the ownership, operation and management of hotels, hospitals, senior housing facilities, cruise ships, nursing homes, shopping malls, and condominiums.

Legionnaires’ Outbreaks

  • August 2015 – At least 16 people died and 133 people were sickened with the disease in an outbreak at a hotel in New York. The Legionella bacteria was allegedly found in the cooling towers of the hotel.
  • September 2015 – New York health officials announced an investigation in the Morris Park section of the Bronx. There were at least 15 cases of Legionnaires and one death.
  • August 26, 2015 – An inmate at San Quentin State Prison was taken to an outside hospital where he was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. There were at least 6 confirmed cases with 5 inmates at outside hospitals, and 51 inmates under observation for respiratory illness.
  • July 2001 – The world’s largest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease reported to date occurred in Murcia, Spain. More than 800 suspected cases were reported; 449 these cases were confirmed.
  • The 1976 Legionnaires Disease outbreak also known as Legion Fever, was the the first known cases of infection by the bacterium, Legionella pneumophilia, in the U.S.

Ohio Hospital Confirms 7 Cases of Legionnaires

June 3, 2019 – At least 7 cases of Legionnaires have been confirmed in patients treated at Mount Carmel Hospital in Grove City, Ohio, according to CBS affiliate WBNS-TV.

The facility is partnering with the U.S. CDC, Franklin County Public Health, and the Ohio Department of Health to determine the source of the bacteria. They will continue testing over the next few weeks.

“To protect patients, employees, and visitors, we have acted swiftly today after my team unraveled a connection between three confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in former patients at Mount Carmel Grove City,” said Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton. “Working in collaboration with Franklin County Public Health, I issued an adjudication order to immediately reduce the risk of further infection.”

The adjudication specified the following protocol for preventing spread of Legionnaires at Mount Carmel Hospital:

  • Flush all hot and cold water lines and fixtures throughout the entire seven-floor, 200-bed facility
  • Implement immediate remediation practices to disinfect hot and cold water lines and fixtures
  • Test and clean all ice machines
  • Ensure the two on-sight cooling towers are cleaned and serviced
  • Provide any and all test results to the Ohio Department of Health
  • Provide water management plan to the Ohio Department of Health

Acton said that while the risk of developing Legionnaires is low in most healthy people, individuals with chronic, underlying medical conditions are at increased risk. Health authorities are asking anyone who has been hospitalized and developed a cough, muscle aches, headaches, fever chills or shortness of breath to consult their physician immediately.

New Legionnaires Outbreak Reported in Chicago

May 7, 2019 – Health authorities are investigating a new outbreak involving at least 2 cases of Legionnaires’ disease among patients at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UChicago Medicine). News of the new cases comes on the heels of 2 other confirmed cases of Legionnaires last week at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

3 Test Positive for Legionnaires Disease at Wisconsin Resort

March 26, 2019 – 3 people in Wisconsin who went to the same resort have been diagnosed with Legionnaires disease, according to WKOW. Legionella pneumophila, the bacterium that causes Legionnaires, has been found in parts of the water system at the popular Christmas Mountain resort near Wisconsin Dells; the Sauk County Health Department confirmed presence of the bacteria on Monday.

Legionnaires Outbreak Linked to Minnesota Hotel Spa

February 19, 2019 – The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has narrowed down a cluster of at least 4 cases of Legionnaires disease to a hotel spa in northwestern Minnesota. Hotel management has temporarily closed the pool and spa pending results of the investigation.

Legionnaires Disease Rocks Illinois Veterans Home

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.

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.

Source of New York Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Identified

August 15, 2018 – A housing complex in Manhattan has been identified as the likely source of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened at least 27 people in Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights, including one person who died, according to CBS New York. Officials said Legionella bacteria from the cooling tower matched strains from patients.

Legionnaires Outbreak Reported in New Hampshire

August 27, 2018 – At least 4 people have developed case-confirmed symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease in Hampton, New Hampshire, health officials said, with additional cases likely. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) said the victims contracted Legionnaires’ near Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and H Street in Hampton during the late part of July or early this month.

Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Up in Michigan With Warmer Weather

July 10, 2018 – Legionella-related illnesses are on the rise in Michigan, state health officials are warning, due largely to the record high temperatures being reported across the state. Michigan has seen a nearly 30% increase this year in the number of patients diagnosed with legionellosis, which includes Legionnaires’ disease and the milder Pontiac fever, compared with this time last year, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Illinois Veterans Home Struck by Legionnaires’ Outbreak Gets $4.1 Million

June 29, 2018 – The federal government is gifting Illinois $4.1 million to renovate a veterans home where a 2015 outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease claimed the lives of 13 people. Illinois Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth say the money, which will be taken from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will be used to upgrade the facility’s water system and other infrastructure.

Yale Study Finds Legionella Bacteria Increased Near Watersheds, Drainage Basins

January 25, 2018 – The number of new cases of Legionnaires’ disease has increased in recent years, and a new Yale University study indicates that people living near watersheds have the highest risk of developing the illness. Natural reservoirs were also found to have a greater affect on the development of sporadic legionellosis, a respiratory disease caused by Legionella bacteria, than previously estimated.

Illinois Veterans’ Home Sued After Deadly Legionnaires’ Outbreak

January 4, 2018 – The families of 11 U.S. veterans who died due to complications of Legionnaires disease at an Illinois nursing home have filed a lawsuit against the facility for negligence. Since July 2015, the disease has claimed the lives of 13 residents of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Ill., and sickened another 61, according to an investigation by the Chicago public radio station WBEZ.

1 Dead, 20 Infected in Legionnaires’ Outbreak in Spain

December 19, 2017 – An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease on the Spanish island of Majorca that claimed the life of a British tourist and infected at least 19 other vacationers has been linked to a hotel Jacuzzi. A 70-year-old British man died in mid-October at a hospital in the island capital Palma after being diagnosed with Legionnaires’, according to health officials.

Legionnaires’ Outbreak at Disneyland Forces Emergency Closure of 2 Cooling Towers

November 13, 2017 – Disneyland has temporarily closed down 2 water cooling towers at its park in Anaheim, California, after at least 9 visitors there developed symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease. The patients ranged in age from 52 to 94, lived or had visited Anaheim, and visited Disneyland in September. One patient, a 94-year-old woman who hadn’t visited the park, died since contracting the disease.

Legionnaires’ Outbreak Reported in New York Nursing Home

November 3, 2017 – Health officials have confirmed at least 2 cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Sky View Rehabilitation and Health Care nursing home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. One of the patients, a 96-year-old woman, died as a result of her complications, according to ABC News.

Sixth Case of Legionnaires’ Disease Confirmed at Texas Hotel

October 13, 2017 – Texas health authorities have identified at least 6 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in guests who stayed at a hotel in Round Rock. The most recent case occurred in a guest at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, who reportedly became sick within the last 10 days and is currently in the hospital undergoing treatment for his symptoms.

Hotel Guest at Graceland Dies from Legionnaires’

September 15, 2017 – A Kentucky woman has died from Legionnaires’ Disease just days after staying at the Graceland Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The woman who died, Linda “Gail” Godsey, was 62-years-old and stayed at the hotel in July.

Legionnaires’ Disease Found at Ohio Prison Hospital

July 6, 2017 – Two inmates at the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, according to FOX 8. The cases caused the facility to cut off use of its tap water and install new faucets and filters.

New York City Legionnaires’ Outbreak Kills 1, Sickens 6

June 20, 2017 – At least one person is dead and another 6 have fallen seriously ill in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Lenox Hill, an affluent neighborhood in New York City. As of Friday, 4 of the patients remained hospitalized, and 2 had recovered and been released. The deceased was over 90 and suffered from other health problems, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

Legionnaires’ Outbreaks Up 450%, CDC Study Finds

June 16, 2017 – A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that there are currently about 6,000 new diagnoses of Legionnaires’ each year in the U.S., and that rates of the disease are up a staggering 450% since 2002. The researchers cautioned that a portion of the observed increase is likely due to advanced diagnostic techniques and monitoring by hospitals.

Legionnaires’ Confirmed at Florida Retirement Home

June 15, 2017 – The Duval County Health Department has confirmed a case of Legionnaires’ disease at a senior living center in Florida. The case was reported at Watercrest Senior Living on San Jose Boulevard in Jacksonville, according to ClickOrlando.

Legionnaires’ Outbreak Reported in Florida LA Fitness Clubs

June 13, 2017 – Two LA Fitness health clubs in Florida are being investigated following reports of at least 4 customers developing Legionnaires’ disease after exercising at the gyms. Two of the cases are linked to the LA Fitness club in MetroWest at 4792 Kirkman Road, Florida, and the other 2 were reported at 12700 S. Orange Blossom Trail, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

2 Sickened with Legionnaires’ Disease at Las Vegas Hotel

June 12, 2017 – Two recent guests at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, according to CNN. The Rio is disinfecting the system with chlorine and has relocated guests to rooms serviced by different water systems; guests who stayed at the hotel more than 2 weeks ago and have not developed symptoms are not at risk for the disease.

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’ disease 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 developed Legionnaires’ disease, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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