At least two residents are part of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at River Park Towers in the Bronx. Both people live in the building located at 10 Richman Plaza. But New York City Health Department officials are also evaluating the water at 20 Richman Plaza.
People get Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, when they inhale water vapor that is contaminated with Legionella bacteria. It is not spread through person-to-person contact.
Legionella grow best in the warm, stagnant water of manmade structures. Outbreaks are often linked to water in commercial plumbing systems, cooling towers, fountains, and hot tubs.
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Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease
The health department is alerting all residents who develop flu-like symptoms to seek immediate medical care. Legionnaires’ disease often requires hospitalization and about 10 percent of all cases are fatal.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease symptoms include high fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, and headaches. It can take anywhere from two to 14 days for these symptoms to develop.
Most people with Legionnaires’ disease require hospitalization. About 10 percent of cases are fatal.
Some people are at elevated risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease. They include:
- People over 50
- Current and former smokers
- People with underlying health conditions
- People with weakened immune systems
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Experienced 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.