If your family has been affected by a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, you need to act fast. This potentially deadly form of pneumonia has struck victims in states throughout the East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast, and the number of reported cases is on the rise. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we’ve represented people killed or injured by outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease across the country, including victims in:
- Quincy, Illinois
- Bronx, New York
- Birmingham, Alabama
The outbreaks have sickened hundreds of Americans and killed at least 20 victims. If you were exposed to Legionella bacteria or lost a loved one to Legionnaires’ disease, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Cory Watson Attorneys to get a free case evaluation at (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free initial consultation form to get started now.
What Is Legionnaires’ Disease?
Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. It is not contagious. Typically, infected patients are exposed to the bacterium after breathing in mist from water that contains the bacteria.
Symptoms usually become present within 2-14 days of exposure and may include:
- High fever
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches
- Loss of coordination
- Mental confusion
Individuals over age 50, smokers, or those who have a chronic lung disease or weakened immune system are much more likely to contract Legionnaires’ disease. In some cases, Legionnaires’ disease can lead to fatal complications such as respiratory failure, kidney failure, or septic shock.
Where Do Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks Occur?
Legionella bacteria usually grow in warm, humid environments. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, outbreaks may be linked to water from faucets (showers or taps), aerosol (mist) sources, hot tubs, and industrial cooling towers found within:
- Cruise ships
- Industrial facilities
- Residential buildings
Get Experienced Legal Help From Cory Watson Attorneys
Cory Watson Attorneys has represented hundreds of patients killed or injured as a result of contamination.
- Duke University Health System, Inc.
Cory Watson Attorneys represented hospital patients who were injured after undergoing surgery performed using surgical instruments that were contaminated with dirty hydraulic fluid.
- Meds IV Pharmacy, IV Compounded Products Recall
Cory Watson Attorneys represent the estate of a woman who died after receiving intravenous nutrition contaminated with deadly bacteria. The Alabama Department of Public Health confirmed 19 cases of the bacterial contamination in patients receiving TPN (total parenteral nutrition) in six hospitals. The contamination was traced to a compounding facility where the TPN was produced; medical authorities closed down the compounding facility.
Take Legal Action Now
The Legionnaires’ disease lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys can help you determine what your legal rights are if you have been exposed to the Legionella bacterium. If you have lost a loved one due to Legionnaires’ disease, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim.