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Legionnaires Disease

Ohio Catastrophic Injury and Premises Liability Lawyer


Legionnaires disease is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of Legionella bacteria that usually enters the lungs by aspiration of contaminated water or inhalation of mist from contaminated water.  The fatality rate is between 5-30 percent and usually affect middle aged to older individuals who have a history of smoking or have chronic lung disease. Consequently, many reported outbreaks occur in hospitals or other long term care health settings.  Pontiac Fever is the more mild infection and does not cause pneumonia or death.


The first case was recognized in 1976 in the Philadelphia American Legion.  Since then, outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease often are covered extensively by the media. Approximately 8,000 to 18,000 people are hospitalized every year and the CDC warns that outbreaks are a growing issue.

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When to Contact A Legal Professional

Following a diagnosis of Legionnaires Disease in a hospital or other long care facility setting, where you suspect there was negligence, or where you simply have questions about what may have happened, you should contact an experienced attorney.

Joe Lyon is an experienced legionnaires disease attorney who is well versed in the science, economic impact, and human loss that such an injury or death has on the injured person’s life and their family.  The Lyon Firm has the resources and knowledge to work alongside expert infectious disease doctors determine the root cause and to develop the compelling evidence  to present the highest quality evidence and arguments on the Plaintiff’s behalf.

What Causes Legionnaires Disease

The primary source is almost always contaminated water. It can usually traced to several secondary sources where there is a breach of relevant health and safety regulations:

  1. Negligently Maintained Cooling Towers for Air Conditioning
  2. Negligently Maintained Plumbing
  3. Negligently Maintained Water Fountains
  4. Negligently Maintained Hot Tubs
  5. Negligently Maintained Spas
  6. Negligently Maintained Showers
  7. Negligently Maintained Humidifiers
  8. Negligently Maintained Mist Sprayers

Complications Associated with Legionnaires Disease

  1. High temperatures
  2. Chest Pains
  3. Respiratory  Failure
  4. Kidney and Multiple Organ Failure
  5. Septic Shock
  6. Death


Provided the burden of proof is surmounted, Ohio provides monetary compensation for Legionnaires Disease injuries.  Ohio has damages cap on certain personal injury awards and those damages caps may apply in certain cases where the injury does not permanently affect a bodily organ.  Compensation may be awarded for the following elements where the evidence supports the elements:

  1. Past Physical Pain and Suffering
  2. Past Mental Pain and Suffering
  3. Past Lost of Enjoyment of Life
  4. Past Medical Expenses
  5. Past Lost Wages
  6. Future Physical Pain and Suffering
  7. Future Mental Pain and Suffering
  8. Future Medical Expenses
  9. Future Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  10. Future Lost Wages or Loss of Earning Capacity
  11. Life Care Plans (home or vehicle improvements)
  12. Spousal Loss of Consortium (if applicable)
  13. Parental Loss of Consortium (if applicable)


The Ohio Wrongful Death Statute (R.C. 2125: Action for Wrongful Death) allows a lawsuit to be brought by a beneficiary on behalf of the decedent and his or her Estate.  The following separate damages may be recoverable depending on the facts in the case.

  1. Loss of support from the reasonably expected earning capacity of the decedent
  2. Loss of services of the decedent
  3. Loss of society of the decedent (loss of companionship, consortium, care, assistance, attention, protection, advice, guidance, counsel, instruction, training, and education)
  4. Loss of prospective inheritance
  5. Mental Anguish


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

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