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Lawsuit Filed Against Illinois Veterans’ Home After Deadly Legionnaires’ Outbreak

A nursing home in Quincy, Illinois, is being sued after 13 U.S. military veterans died from Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia caused by waterborne bacteria.

The families of 11 U.S. veterans who died due to complications of Legionnaires disease at an Illinois nursing home are suing the facility for negligence.

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

What’s the Problem?

January 5, 2018 – Since July 2015, Legionnaires’ disease has claimed the lives of 13 residents of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Ill., and sickeded another 61, according to an investigation by the Chicago public radio station WBEZ.

Legionnaires’ is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation caused by infection — caused by a bacterium known as legionella. The disease can be effectively treated with antibiotics and prompt diagnosis, which is what employees at the state-run facility failed to do, according to the lawsuits.

“When’s it going to stop?” said Jana Casper, daughter of one of the deceased nursing home residents. “How many more people are going to have to die before they can get to the bottom of what’s causing it?”

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has also called the Legionnaires’ outbreak a “scandal,” and said officials should close the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy until its water system is found to be safe.

The Illinois outbreak is just one among dozens that have plagued the nursing industry in recent years. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2017 singled out skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) as potentially prime breeding grounds for Legionnaires’ disease.

CDC analyzed 2015 data related to outbreaks of Legionnaires’, looking at a total of nearly 3,000 cases from 20 states and the District of Columbia. Of these, 85 were “definitely” related to exposure at health care facilities, with an additional 468 instances that were “possibly” related to stays in nursing facilities, hospitals, or other institutions, according to the agency.

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 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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