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Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks from Hot Tubs and Whirlpools

Hot tubs, whirlpools, and jacuzzis are effective ways to relax. However, those that have not been properly maintained can be breeding grounds for Legionella bacteria – the microbe that can cause Legionnaires’ Disease.

If you or a loved one has contracted Legionnaires’ Disease from a hot tub or whirlpool, please contact The Lange Law Firm, PLLC today to discuss your case. You may be eligible for significant compensation from any parties who are liable for your illness.

What is Legionnaires’ Disease?

Legionnaires’ Disease is a respiratory illness caused by Legionella bacteria inhaled through water. It may begin with flu-like symptoms such as chills and a fever, but it can quickly progress to severe pneumonia, with symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, and shortness of breath.

Although most cases are treatable, they often require hospitalization and monitoring afterward to ensure no lasting damage is done.

Can you get Legionnaires’ Disease from a Hot Tub?

Although many New York City residents associate Legionnaires’ Disease outbreaks with cooling towers, large bodies of warm water such as hot tubs and whirlpools can be incredibly dangerous vectors for the disease as well. Hot tubs, whirlpools, and jacuzzis are often susceptible to Legionella overgrowth because:

  • The temperature range for hot tubs is typically 96-104 degrees Fahrenheit – the optimal temperature for Legionella to thrive and multiply.
  • At high temperatures, disinfectants such as chlorine break down rapidly, significantly reducing their effectiveness at killing any problematic microbes in the water.

A greater volume of bacteria in a body of water greatly increases the chances of it infecting multiple people. Additionally, it is important to note that even being in the vicinity of a contaminated hot tub can put you at risk of Legionella infection, as Legionnaires’ Disease can be contracted from inhaling water vapor as well.

In October 2019, a hot tub display at a North Carolina fair caused a Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak that infected 141 people and caused 4 deaths.

Who is Liable for Legionnaires’ Disease from a Hot Tub?

It is crucial to understand that Legionnaires’ Disease is completely preventable by regular cleaning, monitoring, and maintenance of water sources such as hot tubs and whirlpools. As a result, any parties who were responsible for managing or maintaining the hot tub may be held fully liable for any infections or outbreaks that occur.

For example, if a Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak occurs at a hotel due to a contaminated jacuzzi, that hotel may be fully liable for the damages of all those infected for not properly maintaining the hot tub to acceptable standards.

How We Can Help

At The Lange Law Firm, PLLC, we are committed to providing exceptional representation to those who have suffered Legionnaires’ Disease. Our New York City Legionnaires’ Disease lawyers utilize our experience and knowledge to help victims of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in New York City and throughout the United States by:

  • Gathering any and all evidence pertinent to your case
  • Consulting with medical professionals and any other authorities for any expert witness testimony
  • Determining the full value of your case to minimize lowball offers
  • Negotiating on your behalf to reduce stress and maintain peace of mind
  • Aggressively litigating your claim for the maximum possible compensation

Ultimately, we are here to provide support and counsel during what may an exceedingly difficult time for you and your family.

Why Choose Us?

The Lange Law Firm, PLLC is committed to helping those suffering from Legionnaires’ Disease receive the support they deserve.

  • We have over 15 years of experience assisting clients who have contracted Legionnaires’ Disease.
  • We have a reputation for results, securing millions of dollars for our clients.
  • Our Legionnaires’ Disease attorneys are committed to our clients, putting their needs first and prioritizing their well-being above everything else.
  • We represent clients on a contingency fee basis – there are no upfront costs, and you are only obligated to pay for our services if we secure a recovery for your Legionnaires’ Disease lawsuit. If we don’t win, you do not pay.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has contracted Legionnaires’ Disease from a hot tub or whirlpool in New York City or anywhere else in the United States, please contact us immediately to discuss your options for compensation. We want to help you hold any negligent parties accountable for their irresponsible actions, and give you the justice and recovery you deserve.

Schedule a free consultation with us today and see how we can help.