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: 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).
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 is Legionnaires’ Found
- Building water systems
- Hot water heaters
- Indoor spas
- 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.
- 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.
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.