Contaminated water at the Hilton/Hampton Inn Parsippany Hotel in NJ is the likely source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that sickened three people, according to the state health department. Legionnaires’ disease is a kind of severe pneumonia caused by breathing in water vapor that is contaminated with Legionella bacteria.
The guests, who range in age from 52 to 77, visited the hotel, located at 1 Hilton Ct., between July 2021 and October 2021. After the second case was identified in February 2022, the state and city health departments began a joint investigation.
In April 2022, health officials received the results of tests on water samples collected from the hotel which showed the presence of Legionella bacteria in the building’s water system. The hotel has been taking steps to disinfect the building’s water system, but the risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease is still ongoing, according to state health officials.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include high fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, and headaches. These symptoms can develop anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. Legionnaires’ disease is treated with antibiotics but often requires hospitalization. About 10 percent of all cases are fatal.
Some people are at greater risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease. This high-risk group includes:
- People over 50
- Current and former smokers
- People with chronic lung disease
- People with weakened immune systems
Our Legionnaires’ Disease Legal Team
Our Legionnaires’ lawyers represent Legionella outbreak victims and their families. For the past 40 years, we have been representing people who developed serious illnesses because corporate wrongdoers failed to put water safety plans in place. Our lawyers recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man who developed Legionnaires’ disease after a senior living facility in Illinois failed to properly maintain and clean its water system.
One of the first steps you should take after being diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease is to consult with an experienced lawyer. For a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call 612-338-0202, text 612-261-0856, or fill out the form below.