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Legionnaires’ Disease and Cooling Towers in NYC

If you or a loved one has contracted Legionnaires’ Disease from a cooling tower in New York City, please contact a New York City Legionnaires’ Disease lawyer from The Lange Law Firm, PLLC today to discuss your case. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your illness.

According to the New York City Department of Health, there are approximately 450 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease every year. The largest source of these outbreaks come from cooling towers used by properties to store water. Because these outbreaks are entirely preventable, those who are in charge of maintaining these towers may be fully liable for any resultant damages.

Why Choose Us?

The Lange Law Firm, PLLC provides exceptional representation to those who have suffered Legionnaires’ Disease in NYC due to negligence.

  • We have more than 15 years of experience assisting client in all matters of foodborne and waterborne illnesses.
  • We have a reputation for results, securing millions of dollars in total verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
  • Our priorities are always on you and your well-being. We dedicate ourselves to regular communication and transparency in order to ensure you are receiving the assistance you deserve.
  • We represent clients based on a contingency fee agreement – we charge no upfront fees, and you only pay for our legal services if we secure compensation on your behalf. If we won’t win your Legionnaires’ Disease lawsuit, you don’t pay.

What is Legionnaires’ Disease?

Legionnaires’ Disease is a rare form of severe pneumonia that can adversely impact your lungs and respiratory system. It is caused by inhaling dirt or water contaminated with Legionella, a type of bacteria naturally found in freshwater sources such as streams and lakes. Common symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough

Those who suffer from Legionnaires’ Disease may also report symptoms of fever, chills, and muscle aches.

Where is Legionnaires’ Disease Found?

Although Legionella bacteria is typically found in freshwater sources, they pose a problem when they are found in man-made water sources such as cooling towers. The environmental factors in these storage systems are ideal for growth of these bacteria, leading to extremely unsafe levels of Legionella in our water supply.

Does New York City Have a Problem with Legionnaires’ Disease and Cooling Towers?

In New York City, the vast majority of Legionnaires’ Disease outbreaks seem to originate from cooling towers used by apartment complexes and other living facilities. The worst outbreaks in the city’s history occurred in 2015, when four distinct clusters of Legionnaires’ Disease occurred within a nine-month period in various areas of the Bronx and Queens. These outbreaks alone led to over 150 cases and 13 deaths.

Since 2015, there have been at least five outbreaks in New York City that originated from cooling towers – including two in Manhattan in 2018 that led to over 20 cases and 1 death.

How We Can Help

At The Lange Law Firm, PLLC, we can help pursue any parties whose negligence may have led to your illness. NYC has laws enforcing stricter safety regulations for cooling towers – including keeping a documented database of all cooling towers in the city. However, outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease from cooling towers have continued – and even risen in some boroughs.

We believe this is due to negligent owners and managers who have failed to comply with these regulations. It is rare for Legionnaires’ Disease outbreaks to occur naturally in New York City; they are completely preventable by proper cleaning and disinfection. As a result, any parties who fail to uphold this responsibility may be liable for any resulting damages and outbreaks.

Our dedicated attorneys are dedicated to pursuing these negligent parties to the fullest extent of the law, ensuring that they are held fully accountable for their irresponsible actions.

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one has contracted Legionnaires’ Disease from a cooling tower in New York City, please contact us immediately to see how we can help. Our attorneys are committed to fight for the justice you deserve and the compensation you need to make a full recovery.

Schedule a free consultation with us today and let us give you assistance during this difficult time.