[September 26, 2016 UPDATE]: A 6th case of Legionnaires’ disease has now been linked to the La Quinta Inn in Memphis. Our lawyers have been contacted regarding a lawsuit against La Quinta Inn for Legionnaires’ disease. Our lawyers can be contacted at 1-888-377-8900 (toll free).
Five people have been sickened in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak associated with staying at La Quinta Inn, located at 2979 Millbranch Road, near the Memphis airport, according to the Shelby County Health Department:
“The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) has received laboratory confirmation of five individuals diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease. Based upon current findings, SCHD has closed the La Quinta Inn located at 2979 Millbranch Road, 38116.”
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by breathing in water mist contaminated with Legionella bacteria. The bacteria grow in the lungs and cause a severe form of pneumonia.
To find the source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a hotel or motel, water samples from the following are tested for the presence of Legionella bacteria:
- drinking water system
- hot tub
- cooling towers
- air conditioning units
- decorative fountains.
The symptoms of illness generally begin from 2 to 10 days after exposure. Symptoms include: cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle aches and headaches.
Complications of Legionnaires’ pneumonia can include sepsis, lung collapse, respiratory failure, heart problems and brain damage. Legionnaires’ disease can be fatal. A lawsuit for compensation should seek enough compensation to cover long-term care, if needed, and expected future medical expenses.
Legionnaires’ disease can be fatal. When someone tragically dies, the family may have a wrongful death claim.
This is what one of our clients had to say about hiring attorney Fred Pritzker to help him get compensation:
“Fred and his legal staff took the time to help me through this difficult time, explaining to me the severity of my illness, and how the legal system could help me and others receive justice and compensation for our losses. While initially uncomfortable, Fred and his legal staff provided the emotional counsel I needed to pursue the justice I, and my family, rightly deserved. Fred took care of every detail, was available for every call, and made the process as easy as possible. While only my legal counsel, I always felt that Fred and his team were concerned about me, my health, and my family.”
There may be more than one state in which you can file a Legionnaires’ disease lawsuit for pneumonia compensation.