Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia involving bacteria which can be found even in water may have been deemed potable. Legionnaires’ Disease can be deadly if not treated. The CDC states that Legionnaires’ disease does not transmit from person to person. Legionnaires’ disease can be spread due to poor maintenance of water systems, such as the faucets at work, or the water cooler in the breakroom. Even showers can spread the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.
Lister Frost has helped many recover lost wages, lost earnings, and supported clients by helping them navigate the legal system so that they can focus on recovering from Legionnaires. Talk to Litster Frost Injury Lawyers about your potential Legionnaires’ Disease claim.
Legionnaires’ Disease and Negligence
While it is possible for the disease to be contracted by ingesting water into the lungs from a local stream or lake, the more most likely sources of contamination are man-made water systems. The disease starts when legionella – the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ Disease – begin to colonize in the pipes, filter, or holding tank of a water system. Often, proper cleaning and chemical measures can prevent the bacteria from growing.
It is possible to claim that negligence in water system maintenance led to the contracting of Legionnaires’ disease. In order to do so, our attorneys will need to be able to build evidence around the source of contamination. Such a case may not be easy. For example, individuals involved in the case may have to help attorneys determine the time period in which they were likely exposed so that all water sources that they came into contact with during that time can be tested. Further, a case must be made that negligence was involved and that the negligent party had a duty to protect the injured person(s).
Idaho Concern Over Legionnaires’ Disease
The number of cases of Legionnaires’ Disease has risen significantly throughout the United States. So much so, that the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare issued a notice to hospitals and long-term care facilities throughout Idaho and the Boise area. Further, according to documentation from the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, from 2000-2014 34% of reported cases of Legionnaires’ Disease were found to be from a hospital water source. Those numbers break down into 19% for long-term care facilities and 15% for hospitals. This document was circulated to health institutions as part of a Idaho Department of Health & Welfare requirement to reduce the number of outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease from hospital sources.
What You Should Do
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease, then reach out to our team. We understand the pain and suffering that Legionnaires causes and the financial expense that it can cause. Our goal is always to help people understand their legal options. We start that process with a brief conversation that can help you and your family understand your legal rights, and whether or not there is sufficient cause to seek damages. The process is fast and can provide valuable information that you might be able to use when making a decision about how to proceed with your claim.