December 3, 2016

Co-Op City Associated with Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in New York City

Health officials have found evidence connecting cases of Legionnaires' disease to the Co-Op City complex in the Bronx.  "Although additional testing needs to be done, the association between the people with Legionnaires' disease and Co-Op city is substantial," said attorney Fred Pritzker. "Sometimes filing a lawsuit is the only way to get answers." Since December 2014, 12 cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been diagnosed among Bronx residents, according to the New York City Department of Health. Of these, 8 were Co-Op City residents. Health officials found Legionella bacteria in water used in the cooling towers, according to a department press release.  The infected water is used to cool Co-Op City's heating and electrical systems. Legionnaires' disease is caused by breathing in … [Read more...]

Legionnaires’ Pneumonia Linked to Glenwood Nursing Home in Florence, AL, Legionella Found at Regency Square Mall and Southwire

To date, one person has died and several others have been sickened in an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease linked to Glenwood Nursing Home in Florence, Alabama. Legionnaires' is a form of pneumonia caused by inhaling water mist containing Legionella bacteria. All confirmed and suspected cases have been either residents or visitors to the nursing home. The one person who has died in the outbreak was a woman who visited the facility with two family members. She later developed respiratory symptoms and was hospitalized. Tests confirmed Legionnaires disease (Legionella pneumonia). The other family members were also sickened. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has been investigating the outbreak, testing environmental samples from the nursing home and nearby buildings. So far, … [Read more...]

Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at 24 Hour Fitness in Memphis, Tennessee

Three people reported contracting Legionnaires' disease after visiting the 24 Hour Fitness on Ridgeway Road in East Memphis, Tennessee. The gym's spa and pool are now closed pending an investigation by the Shelby County Health Department. Legionnaires' disease, a form of pneumonia, is caused by breathing in water mist contaminated with Legionella bacteria. Anyone who was at the 24 Hour Fitness on Ridgeway Road in the last 2 weeks should watch for symptoms of Legionnaires' disease, including cough, fever, muscle aches, vomiting and diarrhea. This is a severe illness that is often fatal. and his Bad Bug Law Team have handled many cases like these for outbreak victims and their families. "This is an aggressive form of pneumonia that requires prompt medical attention to prevent death," … [Read more...]

Contaminated Water at Oakland VA Hospital Possible Cause of Legionnaires’ Disease Death in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania veteran, John McChesney, has died from Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella pneumophila bacteria. His death may be connected to the outbreak of the illness linked to the University Drive VA hospital in Oakland, PA, part of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System.  He died on October 23, 2012. “The VA needs to be held accountable for the illnesses and deaths caused by contaminated water at the Oakland VA hospital,” said Fred Pritzker, an attorney who recently won $3,000,000 for a family whose loved one died of Legionnaires’ disease. “I have handled many of these cases, and in every one proven that the illnesses could have been prevented. That certainly appears to be the true in this outbreak. There is evidence that the water purification system at … [Read more...]

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