Attorney Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team have been contacted by a victim of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the 24 Hour Fitness on Ridgeway Road in East Memphis, Tennessee. Legionnaires’ is a severe pneumonia caused by breathing in water mist contaminated with Legionella bacteria. Spas and pools, with warm water in which these bacteria thrive, are high-risk sources of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks. In fact, the CDC has a publication specifically about Legionella bacteria (the cause of Legionnaires’ disease, also referred to as Legionella pneumonia) and hot tubs (also called spas):
How is Legionella spread in hot tubs?
Hot tubs (or spas) that are not cleaned and disinfected enough can become contaminated with Legionella. A personcan get infected with Legionella when they breathe in steam or mist from a contaminated hot tub. Legionella can also be found in cooling towers, plumbing systems, and decorative pools or fountains.
The 24 Hour Fitness on Ridgeway Road has closed its spa and pool as the Shelby County Health Department investigates the outbreak. Anyone who was at the 24 Hour Fitness on Ridgeway Road in the last 2 weeks should watch for symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, including cough, fever, muscle aches, vomiting and diarrhea. This is a severe illness that is often fatal, so immediate medical attention is critical.
Attorney Fred Pritzker and his Bad Bug Law Team have handled many personal injury and wrongful death cases for outbreak victims and their families. You can contact Fred and his team for a FREE consultation here. Your lawsuit should seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, disability, physical pain, emotional suffering, loss of quality of life and other lawful damages. If you loved one has died, you also have the right to sue for compensation.