Ohio Legionnaires Outbreak & Legionella Lawsuits
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Ohio Legionnaires Outbreak & Legionella Lawsuits

Cincinnati Toxic Tort Attorney reviewing Legionella cases and the Ohio Legionnaires Outbreak for injured plaintiffs

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a deceased woman diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease during an Ohio Legionnaires outbreak at Mount Carmel Grove City hospital near Columbus. The wrongful death lawsuits alleges that the 75-year-old plaintiff was treated at Mount Carmel and died two weeks later after contracting Legionnaires disease at the hospital.

Legionnaires’ is described as a severe form of pneumonia, most often caused by inhaling water mist containing the bacteria Legionella. Sources of aerosolized water droplets and mists include showers and faucets, cooling towers, hot tubs, fountains, and complex water systems. If a person inhales mist containing Legionella, they may contract an infection. An infection causing pneumonia is called Legionnaires’ disease, and an infection of the upper respiratory tract is called Pontiac Fever.

The Ohio Legionnaires outbreak was traced back to Mount Carmel’s hot water system. At least 16 people were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ though only one related death has been reported. The hospital has since stated that it has mended the safety issue by installing a disinfection system.

Other Legionella injury lawsuits are being filed against the hospital for placing patients at risk and not providing a decent standard of care.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Toxic Exposure attorney well-versed in engaging hospitals in poor care and files personal injury lawsuits on behalf of injured plaintiffs nationwide.

Ohio Legionnaires’ Outbreak

According to the Ohio Department of Health, Legionnaires’ disease cases in Ohio are increasing annually. There were around 600 cases reported in 2015, and more suspected in recent years. Legionella bacteria grow naturally in the environment and typically in warm water. Growth of the Legionella bacteria and Ohio Legionnaires outbreaks usually occur in building water systems. Conditions that promote dangerous bacteria growth may include:

  • Stagnant water
  • Warm temperatures—77° – 124° F
  • Presence of sediment in water
  • Presence of organic matter and protozoa
  • Lack of disinfectant like chlorine

Legionella bacteria grow best in warm water and in the presence of organic material. Building water systems, dead ends in piping, hotel water systems, cooling towers, mixing valves, decorative fountains, and ice machines all can be suspected in an Ohio Legionnaires outbreak.

Legionnaires’ Disease Symptoms

Legionella bacteria can trigger a pneumonia-like illness that can be fatal. The biggest threat is to people are over 50, smokers and people with chronic illness or weakened immune systems. The severity of disease ranges from a mild cough to fatal pneumonia. The disease has an incubation period of 2 to 10 days. Symptoms of the disease may include:

  • Cough
  • Muscle aches
  • High fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite

If you or a loved one has suffered from an Ohio Legionnaires outbreak and have questions about the root cause or available legal remedies to improve quality of life or medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer those critical questions.

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