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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.

January 10, 2019 – 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.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been 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.

What’s the Problem?

After the 2015 Legionnaires outbreak at the Quincy Veterans Home that killed 13 U.S. military veterans, IDVA implemented a stricter contingency plan. Manteno has a staff of 294 skilled care and special-needs medical professionals on staff across a 122-acre campus that houses particularly enfeebled veterans with compromised immune systems.

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia caused by waterborne bacteria that flourish in plumbing systems, fountains, and heating/AC units. A prompt response and accurate diagnosis of Legionnaires’ are critical to minimizing the scope of the outbreak and managing it effectively.

Officials at IDVA have also developed an “active water management program” at the 33-year-old facility to handle the situation, and medical checks on residents will be upped to every 4 hours.

The key at this point is to determine where the bacteria came from, and protect the home’s residents and staff, according to officials.

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 were diagnosed with a confirmed case of Legionnaires, 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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