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Legionnaires’ Disease Lawsuits

If you have contracted Legionnaires’ disease due to someone else’s negligence, such as a property owner, hotel management, or a healthcare facility, you may be eligible to pursue a lawsuit and recover compensation for the damages you have suffered. To discuss your case in a free consultation, contact the Legionnaire’s disease lawyers at The Lange Law Firm, PLLC, by calling (833) 330-3663 or sending us a message online.

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria.

Do I Have a Legionnaires’ Disease Case?

Determining if you have a Legionnaires’ disease case requires an evaluation of the specific circumstances surrounding your illness. Here are some factors to consider:

Confirmed Diagnosis

To have a Legionnaires’ disease case, you must have received a confirmed diagnosis of the disease from a medical professional. This typically involves laboratory testing to identify the presence of Legionella bacteria or specific antibodies in your system.

Exposure to Legionella Bacteria

It is necessary to establish that you were exposed to Legionella bacteria, commonly found in water sources like cooling towers, hot tubs, showers, or plumbing systems. This may require determining the specific location or source of exposure.

Linking Exposure to Illness

Your case will require demonstrating a direct connection between your exposure to Legionella bacteria and your subsequent illness. This may involve reviewing medical records, conducting interviews, and consulting with medical experts who can support the causal link between the exposure and your diagnosis.

Negligence or Wrongful Actions

To have a viable Legionnaires’ disease case, you must establish that another party’s negligence or wrongful actions contributed to your exposure. For example, demonstrating inadequate maintenance of water systems, failure to implement proper treatment protocols or a disregard for known risks of Legionella contamination.

Statute of Limitations

Lawsuits must be filed within the applicable statute of limitations. For instance, in Texas, you typically have two years from the date of exposure. In some cases, the deadline may be extended based on when you knew or should have known you contracted the disease. It is critical to consult an attorney promptly to ensure you meet the necessary deadlines for your case.

Why Choose the Lange Law Firm?

  • At the core of our practice is your well-being, and our primary objective is to secure the compensation you rightly deserve and promptly require.
  • With a proven track record of recovering millions from negligent corporations nationwide, our team of dedicated Legionnaires’ disease attorneys is steadfast in providing clients with the assistance they need to rebuild their lives after a personal injury.
  • We offer expert legal guidance without any upfront charges, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to your interests—we only accept payment upon achieving a favorable outcome for your case.
  • Our firm takes great pride in our recognition by prominent news outlets across the country for our expertise in food safety advice, further highlighting our firm’s dedication to excellence in advocating for our clients’ rights and interests.

Client Experience

“My experience with Lange Law was phenomenal. Jory and Candess were not only professional and effective, they were also sympathetic and caring about my situation. I couldn’t recommend them any more, it was a great experience knowing they’re out there advocating for people.”

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What Compensation Can I Recover in a Legionnaires’ Disease Lawsuit?

Here are some potential types of compensation that could be pursued in a Legionnaires’ Disease lawsuit:

Medical Expenses

You can seek reimbursement for the cost of medical treatment related to your illness, including hospitalization, medication, doctor visits, rehabilitation, and ongoing care.

Lost Wages

If you had to miss work due to your illness, you may be able to claim compensation for the income you lost during that time. This includes both current and future lost wages if your condition has long-term effects on your ability to work.

Pain and Suffering

Legionnaires’ disease can cause significant physical pain and emotional distress. Compensation for pain and suffering aims to provide monetary relief for the physical and emotional anguish you have experienced.

Disability and Impairment

If the disease has resulted in long-term or permanent disability, you may be entitled to compensation for the loss of enjoyment of life, diminished quality of life, and any resulting disability or impairment.

Wrongful Death

In cases where Legionnaires’ disease has resulted in the death of a loved one, their surviving family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. Compensation in these cases may include funeral expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and emotional distress.

In cases involving a defendant (liable party) that exhibited extreme negligence, the court may also award punitive damages as punishment and to deter similar behavior.

How Much Is My Legionnaires’ Disease Lawsuit Worth?

Determining the exact value of a Legionnaires’ disease lawsuit is challenging as it depends on several factors specific to your case. An attorney will review the details of your situation to provide an accurate estimation of its potential value. However, the following factors can influence your lawsuit’s worth:


The extent of your damages plays a crucial role in assessing the value of your lawsuit. This includes the amount of medical expenses, lost wages, lost benefits, ongoing treatment costs, pain and suffering, disability, and other disease-related expenses.

Severity of Illness

The severity of your illness and its impact on your overall health and quality of life are considered when determining the value of your lawsuit. More severe cases of Legionnaires’ disease that result in long-term complications or disabilities generally have a higher potential worth.


Establishing liability is crucial in any Legionnaires’ disease lawsuit. If there is clear evidence that another party, such as a property owner, hotel management, or healthcare facility, was negligent and their actions directly contributed to your illness, it strengthens your case and may increase its value.


The laws and regulations of the jurisdiction where you file your lawsuit can influence the potential value. Different jurisdictions have varying standards and limitations on damages awarded in premises liability cases.

Legal Representation

The quality and skill of your legal representation can also impact the outcome of your lawsuit. An experienced attorney who specializes in Legionnaires’ disease cases can effectively present your case and maximize your potential compensation.

$3.5 Million recovered on behalf of 9 people who were hospitalized with Legionnaiers’ disease.

How Long Do I Have to File a Legionnaires’ Disease Claim?

The time within which you must file a Legionnaires’ disease claim, known as the statute of limitations, can vary depending on the state you reside. Statutes of limitations are legal deadlines that dictate the timeframe for initiating a lawsuit after the occurrence of an event, such as contracting an illness.

For example, in Texas, the statute of limitations is typically two years from the date of exposure. Furthermore, the type of claim you are filing, such as a premises liability or a wrongful death claim, may have different time limits. Therefore, it is critical to consult an attorney to determine the precise time frame applicable to your case.

Generally, it is advisable to take legal action as soon as possible after discovering that your illness is connected to Legionnaires’ disease and that someone else’s negligence may be to blame. Delaying the filing of a claim could potentially jeopardize your ability to seek compensation, and evidence can fade away.

Evidence in a Legionnaires’ Disease Lawsuit

In a Legionnaires’ disease lawsuit, gathering and presenting evidence is crucial to support your claim and establish liability. The specific evidence required can vary depending on the circumstances of your case, but here are some types of evidence commonly relevant in Legionnaires’ disease lawsuits:

Medical Records

Your medical records play a vital role in establishing the diagnosis of Legionnaires’ disease and documenting the extent of your illness. This includes hospital records, test results, laboratory reports, and any other medical documentation related to your diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Documentation of Damages

To support your claim for compensation, it is crucial to document your damages thoroughly. This can include medical bills, invoices, receipts for expenses related to treatment, rehabilitation, medication, lost income, and any other costs incurred as a result of your illness. Additionally, maintaining a record of the impact on your daily life, such as photographs, journals, or testimony from family and friends, can help demonstrate the non-economic damages you have suffered.

Expert Opinions

Expert witnesses, such as medical professionals specializing in infectious diseases or public health, can provide their opinions and analysis to support your claim. They can explain the connection between your illness and the specific source of Legionella bacteria, assess the actions or negligence of the responsible parties, and help establish causation.

Inspection Reports

If the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak is linked to a particular location, such as a hotel, hospital, or other facilities, inspection reports can be crucial. These reports may include findings regarding the presence of Legionella bacteria, inadequate maintenance of water systems, or failure to follow proper safety protocols.

Witness Testimony

Statements from witnesses who can testify to the conditions, maintenance practices, or negligence that may have contributed to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak can be valuable evidence. This can include individuals who were present at the location where you contracted the disease or employees who have knowledge of the facility’s water systems and maintenance procedures.

Safety Protocols and Maintenance Records

If you can demonstrate that the responsible party failed to implement proper safety protocols or neglected the maintenance of water systems, this evidence can strengthen your case. This may include records of inspections, maintenance logs, or evidence of non-compliance with industry standards and guidelines.

$1.5 Million recovered on behalf of an 85 year old woman who was hospitalized with Legionnaire’s disease.

Legionnaires’ Disease Lawsuit Process

Here is a general overview of the typical steps involved in a Legionnaires’ disease lawsuit:

Consultation with an Attorney

The first step is to consult a Legionnaires’ Disease Attorney. They will evaluate the details of your case, assess its merits, and determine the viability of pursuing a lawsuit. If they believe you have a strong case, they will guide you through the legal process.

Investigation and Gathering Evidence

Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence to support your claim. This may involve reviewing medical records, inspecting the site where you contracted Legionnaires’ disease, obtaining expert opinions, collecting witness statements, and analyzing relevant documents and records.

Filing the Lawsuit

Once the investigation is complete and there is sufficient evidence to support your claim, your attorney will file a formal complaint or lawsuit against the responsible parties. The lawsuit outlines the facts of the case, the damages you seek, and the legal basis for holding the defendants liable.


During the discovery phase, both parties exchange information and evidence relevant to the case. This may include written interrogatories, requests for production of documents, depositions of witnesses, and expert reports. Discovery allows each side to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the case and helps facilitate settlement negotiations.

Settlement Negotiations

In many cases, the parties may engage in settlement negotiations to reach a resolution without going to trial. Your attorney will work on your behalf to negotiate a fair settlement that compensates you for your damages. If a settlement is reached, the case can be resolved without trial.


If a settlement cannot be reached, the case will proceed to trial. Both sides present their arguments, evidence, and witness testimony to the judge or jury. Your attorney will advocate for your rights and present a compelling case on your behalf. The judge or jury will then decide on liability and, if applicable, the amount of damages to be awarded.


Following the trial, either party may have the right to appeal the decision if they believe there were legal errors or other grounds for appeal. The appeals process involves presenting arguments to a higher court to review the lower court’s decision.


Once the case is resolved, if you receive a favorable verdict, you can expect the award to be sent to your attorney who will then distribute the funds.

Defendants in a Legionnaires’ Disease Lawsuit

In a Legionnaires’ disease lawsuit, the defendants are typically the parties who may be held responsible for the illness due to their alleged negligence or wrongful actions. The specific defendants can vary depending on the circumstances of the case, but here are some potential defendants commonly involved in Legionnaires’ disease lawsuits:

Property Owners

If the Legionella bacteria that caused your illness originated from a particular property, such as a hotel, apartment building, office complex, or healthcare facility, the property owner may be named as a defendant. Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises and ensure that the water systems are properly maintained and free from Legionella contamination.

Property Managers

In cases where the property is managed by a separate entity or individual, the property manager may be liable. Property managers are responsible for overseeing the maintenance and safety of the premises, including the proper care of water systems.

Maintenance Companies

If a maintenance company was contracted to maintain the water systems on the property, they may be named a defendant if it is alleged that their negligence or inadequate maintenance led to the Legionella contamination.


If construction or renovation work was recently conducted on the property, the contractors involved in the project could be held responsible if their work resulted in the introduction or spread of Legionella bacteria.

Healthcare Facilities

In cases where Legionnaires’ disease is contracted in a healthcare facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, the facility and its management may be named as defendants if their negligence or failure to follow proper protocols contributed to the outbreak.

Equipment Manufacturers

In certain cases, if it can be demonstrated that the Legionella contamination was caused by a defective piece of equipment or system, such as a cooling tower or plumbing fixture, the manufacturer or supplier of the equipment may be liable.

We Can Help Your Legionnaires’ Disease Claim

If you or a loved one has been affected by Legionnaires’ disease, contact our experienced Legionnaires’ disease lawsuit lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. The Lange Law Firm, PLLC will provide you with the guidance and support you need to pursue justice and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.

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