If you have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia, your illness was preventable and you deserve compensation.
Legionnaires disease (LD) lawsuit settlement amounts are based on several factors, including the following:
- Whether the victim survives. When LD is fatal, which it often is, the family has a wrongful death claim against the legally responsible parties.
- Whether the source of the contamination has been determined. This illness is a severe form of pneumonia caused by inhaling Legionella bacterium in mist. To find the source, water samples from locations visited by the victim(s) prior to illness are tested. If a source of the infection is not found, there is no one to sue, and thus no settlement. If a source is found, the amount of the settlement will be affected by the insurance coverage of those responsible and other financial considerations.
- The severity of the Legionella pneumonia. This is obvious, but the severity of the illness, its short and long-term affects on the victim, is the primary compensation factor. Most cases have some permanent complications, and a compensation package should take this into account. Complications can include respiratory distress, heart problems, kidney damage and other injuries.
- The age and occupation of the victim. Compensation computations for settlement negotiations factor in the age, occupation, education, hobbies, etc. of the victim.
What if I Have a Wrongful Death Claim?
When a person does not survive this severe pneumonia, the family may have a wrongful death claim and have the right to sue for compensation if:
- the building with the contaminated water source is found or
- the person who died was only at one location (hospital, nursing home, etc.) for the week prior to onset of illness.
In addition to our many other cases, our lawyers recently settled a wrongful death case against the owner of a national hotel chain. A few days after our client and his wife had visited the hotel, she began to get sick. It was soon clear that she had pneumonia and was fighting for her life. Sadly, she lost the battle. Her husband hired our Legionnaires disease attorneys to help him. We found out that the hotel had been notified its water system was contaminated with Legionella bacteria (the pathogen that causes Legionnaires’), but had done nothing about it. Our legal team helped the client get a multimillion-dollar settlement, thereby holding the owners accountable for our client’s tragic loss of his spouse.
What Compensation Can I Get for a Personal Injury Claim?
If a patient survives, that person has a personal injury claim. This means he or she can sue for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering compensation.
Our lawyers won a settlement for a woman who suffered Legionnaires’ pneumonia after staying at a resort during a conference. She was one of 3 people to get sick in the outbreak.
Our client arrived at the resort on a Wednesday and stayed in a room with a deep bathtub with a shower. During her stay, she used the shower three times.
She went to work a few days later, but did not feel well, suffering from chills and muscle aches. A few days after that, feeling worse and with a 101.9° F temperature, she went to the doctor. She was diagnosed with LD. She was in acute respiratory distress and extremely dehydrated. She was hospitalized for 6 days.
What if I Get Sick from My Place of Work
If your illness was caused by contaminated water in a building that was not owned by your employer, you may have a personal injury claim against the owner of that building. This is important because workers’ compensation does not provide money for pain and suffering. For example, you are an accountant working for Corporation X. You develop severe pneumonia that is diagnosed as LD. Health officials find Legionella bacteria in the cooling tower of the building where you work. The building is owned by Corporation Y, not Corporation X. This bacteria is tested, as is the bacterium found in your body, and they are a genetic match (yes, bacteria have DNA). You will most likely have a lawsuit against the owner of the building.
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Our experience is that these tragic illnesses are preventable and that business responsible for the contaminated water should be held accountable.
In all of our cases, the owner of a building allowed Legionella pneumophila bacteria to grow in water:
- in a cooling tower on the top of the building
- in the water system in general
- in a decorative fountain
- in a pool or hot tub.
If the problem is a contaminated cooling tower, water mist containing Legionella can travel a mile from the building, meaning anyone breathing in that mist within that mile radius could get fatally sick.
Our team is looking into reports that at least one resident of Brookdale Eddy Pond in Auburn, Massachusetts contracted Legionnaires’ disease at the facility.
An outbreak at at the Amsterdam Nursing Home in Morningside Heights, New York has led to additional cases through at least the end of September, 2022. Eight illnesses and four deaths have so far been linked to this outbreak. Our legal team is currently investigating.
Napa County California Outbreak – Embassy Suites Cooling Tower is Suspected Source
A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that includes 12 illnesses and led to at least one death may be linked to Embassy Suites Napa Valley, according to the county health department. Testing revealed that legionella , the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, was found in the hotel’s cooling tower, fountain and pond.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dayton South in Dayton, OH
Our Legionnaire’s Disease legal team is investigating reports of a cluster of Legionnaire’s Disease cases that might be linked to exposure to contaminated aerosolized water at the Holiday inn Express and Suites, Dayton South on I-675.
Hilton/Hampton Inn Parsippany Hotel in NJ
Three guests at the Hilton/Hampton Inn Parsippany Hotel in New Jersey contracted Legionnaires’ disease. The guests, who ranged in age from 52 to 77, stayed at the hotel between July 2021 and October 2021.
After the second case was identified in February 2022, the state health department began an outbreak investigation. Samples from the building’s water system tested positive for Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at Waikiki Grand Islander Hotel
The Pritzker Hageman Legionnaires’ disease lawyers are representing a Texas man who was sickened after staying at the Hilton Grand Islander resort in Waikiki, HI. There have been five confirmed cases of Legionella infections among non-residents who stayed at the Grand Islander in June 2021, March 2022, and April 2022. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) says water samples collected in March indicated a potential for Legionella growth within the hotel’s potable water system.
Rochdale Village in Queens, NY Possible Outbreak
A possible Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Rochdale Village Cooperative in Queens may have sickened as many as 10 people as of December 2021. Our Legionnaires’ disease lawyers are currently investigating and have been interviewing people affected.
Hotel Hot Tubs Possible Source of Legionella Bacteria
A New Hampshire Legionnaires’ disease outbreak has sickened 12 people killing one of them. Health officials are eyeing the hot tubs at two hotels -the Sands Resort and the Harris Sea Ranch Motel, as potential sources of the Legionella bacteria that caused the outbreak. Illnesses were reported to health officials from June to mid-August, 2018. Most people lived in or visited the Hampton Beach area near Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and M Street, where both hotels are located.
Washington Heights Legionnaires’ Outbreak
A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City sickened eighteen people. One person died. The people sickened in the Washington Heights Legionnaires’ disease outbreak reported in July of 2018 range in age from 40 to 80 years old. The person who died was over 50 and had underlying health conditions.