Information Page On Legionnaires' Outbreak Lawsuits Launched by Wright & Schulte LLC After 13 Deaths in Quincy Illinois
October 24, 2015 - Lawsuit Info: Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The bacteria got its name, "Legionnaires" from an outbreak in 1976 at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. The CDC reports that the bacteria was around before 1976 but more illness from the disease is being detected now. CDC statistics show that between 8,000 and 18,000 people in the United States are hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease each year. The number may be higher because only about 3,000 cases are reported to the CDC each year.
Recently in Quincy, Illinois, 39 residents of a veteran's administration home were sickened due to a Legionnaires' disease outbreak. Of the 39 residents, seven residents died due to the disease. The seven residents of the veterans administration home all had underlying medical conditions which put them at a high risk in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak.
"Many people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease this year and some, unfortunately have died. While the disease can be treated with antibiotics, people with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of falling ill from Legionnaires' disease." – says Wright & Schulte who is investigating the Legionnaires disease outbreak at the veteran's administration nursing home in Quincy, Illinois.
The firm is speaking with people who have been diagnosed with Legionnaires and surviving family members of those who have died from Legionnaires disease in Quincy Illinois and nationwide. To speak with one of the firm's experienced Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Lawsuit lawyers for a free case evaluation call 1-800-399-0795 or visit www.yourlegalhelp.com for more information on the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease nationwide.
Legionnaires' Disease Outbreaks: There have been several outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease this year, including; Quincy, Illinois where 39 residents of a veteran's home were sickened and seven residents died due to a Legionnaires' disease outbreak. Illinois public health officials announced in September that the source of the bacteria is still under investigation. The seven residents, all of whom had underlying medical conditions, were among the 39 individuals who had been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease to date.
In August of 2015, New York City Health Department officials confirmed that 133 residents at the Opera House Hotel in the South Bronx were diagnosed in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak where 16 have died. A Legionnaires' disease outbreak investigation found Legionella bacteria in the cooling towers of the hotel.
In a similar but unrelated case, New York health officials launched another Legionnaires' disease outbreak investigation in September one month after the outbreak at the Opera House Hotel was declared over. According to New York health officials, there are 15 cases in this Legionnaires' disease outbreak and one death reported so far in the Morris Park section of the Bronx. An investigation of the source continues.
[dph.illinois.gov/news/legionnaires'-disease-outbreak-illinois-veterans'-home-quincy-update, September 1, 2015]
The New York Times reported that the first Legionnaires' Disease outbreak lawsuit stemming from the recent outbreak of the disease was filed in Bronx Supreme Court on behalf of a 54-year-old Bronx man who contracted Legionnaires. The Legionnaires' disease outbreak lawsuit complaint accuses the Opera House Hotel and its owner, the Empire Hotel Group of negligence, carelessness and recklessness and being responsible for causing the outbreak that made many people sick. More Legionnaires' disease outbreak lawsuit filings similar to this one are expected, according to the New York Times.
[nytimes.com/2015/08/28/nyregion/brisk-business-at-bronx-hotel-center-of-legionnaires-outbreak.html, August 27, 2015]
The Center For Disease Control And Symptoms Of Legionnaires Disease: According to the CDC, legionella bacteria is found naturally in the environment, usually in water. The bacteria grows best in warm water, such as the kind found in hot tubs, air conditioning units, large plumbing systems and hot water tanks. Legionnaires' disease symptoms may begin to develop between two and 10 days after a person is exposed to the bacteria. Legionnaires' disease symptoms are similar to those of pneumonia which can make it difficult to diagnose. The signs include:
Shortness of breath
About Wright & Schulte LLC And Filing A Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Lawsuit: Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury firm, is dedicated to the belief that America's legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people who have been injured or wronged and fight tirelessly to ensure that even the world's most powerful corporations take responsibility for their actions. If you're looking for a law firm that will guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free Legionnaires' disease outbreak lawsuit case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.
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