Two men who claim they developed Legionnaires’ Disease have filed a lawsuit against Choice Hotels International, Inc., doing business as Sleep Inn & Suites in Millbrook. The men got sick after staying at the Millbrook Sleep Inn & Suites. The lawsuit alleges that contaminated water at the motel caused the illnesses. Hotels and motels are common locations of Legionnaires’s disease outbreaks.
“The only way a person can contract Legionnaires’ Disease is by breathing in water mist contaminated with Legionella bacteria,” said Fred Pritzker, a national Legionnaires’ Disease lawyer who recently won $3 million against another hotel chain owner but is not representing these men. “Legionnaires’ causes a severe form of pneumonia that is often fatal. It can permanently damage the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver.”
Proving a Legionnaires’ Disease Claim against a Motel
To prove a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a motel, Fred and his team of lawyers gather epidemiological and microbiological evidence.
- Epidemiological evidence includes determining if 2 or more people diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease at around the same time stayed at the same motel.
- Microbiological evidence includes finding Legionella bacteria in the water system at the motel.
According to Fred, Legionnaires’ Disease is preventable. “By law, motels are required to take preventative measures to prevent the growth of Legionella bacteria in their water systems. They are also required to test for the bacteria and take immediate measures if it is found.”
You can call 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) to contact Fred for your free consultation regarding a lawsuit against a hotel or motel for Legionnaires’ Disease. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman are our lead lawyers for these cases.