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Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

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 country and the number of reported cases is on the rise. At Douglas & London, we represent people killed or injured by outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease across the east coast including New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Most recently in New York City, there have been devastating outbreaks in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan and in Co-Op City in the Bronx. 

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 Douglas & London, P.C. to get a free case evaluation at (212) 566-7500 or fill out our free initial consultation form below 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 the mist from water that contains the bacteria.

Symptoms usually become present within 2-14 days of exposure and may include:

  • High fever

  • Chills

  • Coughing 

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Loss of appetite

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle aches

  • Headaches

  • Loss of coordination

  • Mental confusion

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

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

  • Factories

  • Hospitals

  • Hotels

  • Industrial facilities

  • Refineries

  • Residential buildings

The Legionnaires’ disease lawyers at Douglas & London, P.C. 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.

We are a nationwide law firm located in New York, NY that can help you no matter where you live. Give us a call at (212)566-7500 or complete our free initial consultation form.

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