The Sheraton Atlanta Legionnaires’ disease outbreak has claimed the life of a 49-year-old woman from Decatur, GA. Cameo Garrett, passed away on July 10, 2019 after suffering from an illness she contracted after attending a conference at the hotel on June 29.
Garrett was one of dozens of people who became ill after visiting the hotel. The outbreak includes 12 confirmed and 55 suspected cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia that is transmitted when contaminated water droplets are inhaled. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, headaches and muscle aches. These usually develop within two weeks of exposure.
Legionella bacteria, which cause the infection, are found in nature but grow best in warm water, especially the complex water systems of large buildings and cruise ships. Water treatment plans can prevent outbreaks. So if you or a loved one are part of this outbreak, you may have standing to file a lawsuit to recover medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering or damages for wrongful death. Our Legionnaires’ Disease Team can help you determine if you have a case.
The Sheraton Atlanta has not been open since its voluntary closure on July 15th after three guests tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease. Since that time eight more cases have been confirmed and 55 others have been identified as suspected cases. The hotel will remain closed until August 11th.
Our experienced Legionnaires’ attorneys represent clients nationwide who have been sickened and families who have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one. To contact them for a free legal consultation, call 1(888) 377-8900 (toll-free), text 612-261-0856 or use the form below.