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Legionnaires’ Disease Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been affected by Legionnaires’ disease or has been exposed to Legionella bacteria, you may be entitled to compensation. Protect your rights and make sure you obtain the justice that you deserve for your injuries by contacting our highly skilled team of Legionnaires’ disease lawyers at The Lange Law Firm, PLLC today.

Why Choose Us?

  • Ensuring your well-being is our top priority, and our mission revolves around securing the compensation you rightfully deserve and promptly require.
  • Backed by a track record of successfully recovering millions from negligent corporations nationwide, our team of dedicated Legionnaires’ disease attorneys is committed to getting clients the help they need, so that they can rebuild their lives after a personal injury.
  • We provide expert legal guidance without any upfront charges, illustrating our dedication to your interests—we only accept payment upon achieving a favorable outcome for your case.
  • Our firms take pride in our recognition by prominent news outlets across the country for our proficiency in food safety advice, reaffirming our firm’s commitment to excellence in advocating for our clients’ rights and interests.

What is Legionnaires’ Disease / Legionella?

Legionnaires’ Disease is a potentially fatal infectious disease caused by a type of bacterium called Legionella. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the bacteria is naturally found in lakes and streams, but becomes a concern when it grows in man-made water systems such as:

  • Hot tubs
  • Shower-heads and sink faucets
  • Decorative fountains and water features
  • Large plumbing systems
  • Air conditioning units for large buildings (structures that contain water and a fan as part of centralized air cooling systems for building or industrial processes)
  • Cooling Towers
  • Hot water tanks and heaters

The CDC reports that home and car air-conditioning units are not at risk for Legionella growth because they do not use water as a source for cooling the air.

How Do I Know if I Have a Claim?

Legionnaires’ disease is preventable by thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting water sources, but a claim can only be successful if you have proof that shows you were harmed due to the other party’s negligence in not doing so.

Here is what you must be able to show evidence of in order to have a legionella claim:

  • You were exposed to legionella bacteria that causes disease
  • The exposure to legionella bacteria happened while at the premises belonging to the defendant
  • The exposure occurred due to negligence on behalf of the owner or operator of the premises (failing to clean/test water sources for legionella bacteria)
  • The exposure to legionella led you to contract Legionnaires’ disease (confirmed diagnosis)

Legal Rights of Legionella Infection Victims

Since Legionnaires’ disease can be prevented by routine cleaning and safety procedures, you have the right to hold the liable party responsible for your affliction. Specifically, you may be entitled to sue in order to receive compensation for your medical bills, hospital stay, reparation for lost wages, any injuries sustained due to the disease, pain and suffering, and/or damages for wrongful death.

What To Do if You Think you Have a Legionnaires’ Disease Case

Get experienced help right away. In order to pursue your claim, you will need a knowledgeable Legionnaires’ disease lawyer who can immediately assist you and take the burden off of your shoulders. They will be responsible for:

  • Obtaining all relevant medical reports
  • Investigating the scene of the exposure
  • Collecting reports completed by the local health department and/or state and federal agencies who conducted investigations
  • Interviewing witnesses and other victims that acquired the disease as well
  • Estimating the value of your personal injury
  • Negotiating with the defendant’s insurance company
  • Representing you during trial for a your case, if necessary
  • Hiring qualified experts to testify and provide their expert opinion

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“I cannot say enough great things about Lange Law Firm. Mr. Lange and Candess go out of their way to explain the process and keep their clients informed. Their team is caring and hard working. It was obvious their firm cares about their clients on a personal level.”

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How Do You Find the Source of a Legionnaires Disease Outbreak?

This task is easiest to complete when you are part of a major outbreak, because government health agencies and health officials will step in to conduct testing in order to put a stop to the mounting illnesses by discovering the source.

What do you do then if yours is an individual case? Symptoms do not begin until two to 10 days after you have inhaled the contaminated water, there are so many water sources that you will have come into contact with during that time so it’s difficult to know where to start.

Begin by notifying and reaching out to your local and state public health department to see if there are any resources at your disposal. Then determine the first day you began noticing symptoms of the disease and begin creating a thoroughly detailed written history of your activities and locations visited in the two weeks prior. This will help with being able to trace all of the potential water sources you may have come into contact with. By process of elimination, try to narrow down the possible sources.

Once sources are narrowed down, request permission to take samples in order to conduct your own testing. You can buy  testing kits online through private testing companies. They will send you the kit with instructions on how to perform a swab test, then send the kit back to receive results on whether or not there was bacteria present.
Discovering the source of your infection is of the utmost importance to your case, as without that knowledge there is no party to name as a defendant for your claim.

Where Do Legionella Outbreaks Occur Most Often?

In the U.S., the CDC monitors legionella outbreaks and offers access to selected data.  While not a full accounting of cases of Legionnaires disease, it does give us a general idea of where the problem is greatest.   From 2009 – 2020,  the database contains 501 Legionella outbreaks that led to 2,823 illnesses, 1,716 hospitalizations, and 216 deaths.

Florida reported more than twice as many legionella outbreaks as the next closest state.  However, more people fell ill or were killed in Illinois than in any other state.

State Outbreaks Illnesses Hospitalizations Deaths
Florida 106 336 251 29
New York 47 162 130 18
Illinois 43 356 173 34
Ohio 38 261 180 26
Pennsylvania 35 220 169 18
Georgia 24 157 73 11
Maryland 24 79 61 6
Michigan 19 204 150 16
Wisconsin 19 94 83 9
Colorado 12 40 29 2
California 10 48 38 6
Massachusetts 10 30 22 0
Minnesota 9 109 32 2
Texas 9 31 28 4
Kansas 8 31 8 0
North Carolina 8 32 24 4
Alabama 7 81 34 8
Nevada 7 130 22 1
South Carolina 7 18 8 0
Washington 7 28 27 4
Virginia 6 14 11 0
Kentucky 5 23 7 1
Louisiana 5 24 10 2
Utah 5 16 13 2
Arizona 4 8 6 0
Tennessee 4 145 50 1
Hawaii 3 6 6 0
Rhode Island 3 7 5 4
West Virginia 3 16 11 1
Connecticut 2 5 3 1
Missouri 2 6 3 1
Montana 2 4 4 0
North Dakota 2 5 3 0
Idaho 1 5 5 0
Mississippi 1 9 6 1
Multistate 1 4 4 1
New Hampshire 1 49 22 2
Oklahoma 1 26 1 0
Oregon 1 4 4 1

When a setting was listed on a reported outbreak, hotels and hospitals were the most common setting for legionella outbreaks to occur.

  1. Hotel/Motel/Lodge/Inn – 122
  2. Hospital/Health Care = 102
  3. Long-term care facility – 71
  4. Apartment/Condo – 33
  5. Assisted Living/Rehab – 21
  6. Club (Requires Membership) – 20
  7. Community/Municipality – 12
  8. Resort – 12
  9. Private Residence – 11
  10. Factory/Industrial Facility – 7

Who is Liable in a Legionnaires’ Disease Case?

Typically the water source’s property owner and possibly the party that has been negligent in cleaning the water source and/or not testing the water for the presence of the Legionella bacteria, are defendants in Legionella cases due to their negligence. In previous Legionnaires’ Disease lawsuits, parties have included property owners, architects and engineers, cleaning companies, water heater manufacturers, plumbers, employers, general contractors, hotels, spas, hospitals, health clubs, prisons, assisted living facilities, and other large institutional facilities.

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

How Does Legionella Cause Legionnaires’ Disease?


Symptoms tend to develop within two to 10 days after exposure to legionella bacteria. The following signs and symptoms is how Legionnaires’ disease typically begins:

  • Muscle pain
  • Fever (can be 104 F or higher)
  • Headache
  • Chills

Around the second or third day, other signs and symptoms may develop:

  • Cough, which may bring up mucus and sometimes blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion or other mental changes
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Occasionally, the disease can cause infections in wounds and other parts of the body, including the heart

Legionnaires’ disease can be effectively treated with antibiotics, but it will develop into pneumonia for most who contract it and will require a hospital stay to fully recover.

You could also experience Pontiac fever, which is a mild form of Legionnaires’ disease. The difference being that Pontiac fever doesn’t infect the lungs. Symptoms include a fever, chills, headache and muscle aches. They will last anywhere from two to five days.

How Is Legionella Spread?

Legionella grows and multiplies in water that is not properly maintained and makes its way into people’s lungs by way of microscopic water droplets in the air. These droplets containing bacteria are inhaled; this can happen by a variety of sources. Courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, past disease outbreaks have been caused by the following:

  • Grocery store mist machines
  • Decorative fountains
  • Water systems in hotels, hospitals and nursing homes
  • Cooling towers in air conditioning systems
  • Hot tubs and whirlpools on cruise ships
  • Physical therapy equipment
  • Swimming pools

Acquiring Legionnaires’ or Pontiac Fever from accidentally inhaling contaminated water while drinking it can happen, but is uncommon. Also, very rarely is the disease spread person to person.

The CDC reports that Legionnaires’ disease cases have been steadily rising since the year 2000. In 2016, the U.S. had 6,100 cases of the disease reported  and that’s not including an estimate of how often it is not diagnosed. Summer and early fall is when the illness tends to be discovered, but it can occur any time throughout the year.

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

Recent Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks

Below are a sampling of recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks and investigations from across the United States.  Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and not all investigations could determine the source of the outbreak.

When City or State Location Number Affected
July, 2022 Napa County, CA Cooling Towers 13 Infected, 1 Death
June, 2022 Wake County, NC Hotel 3 hotel guests were diagnosed
June, 2022 The Bronx, NY Highbridge Neighborhood Cooling Towers 30 confirmed Infected, 2 deaths
May, 2022 Waikiki, HI Resort in Waikiki 5 Infected involving guests
March, 2022 Palm Springs, CA Unknown Source in Coachella Valley 20 confirmed Infected, 2 deaths
January, 2022 Missouri Hospital 4 Infected
December, 2021 Indiana Correctional Facility 7 Infected, 1 death
October, 2021 Troy Hills, New Jersey Water System of a Local Hotel 3 Infected
October, 2021 Beaverton, OR Local Apartment Complex Hot Tub 6 Infected
October, 2021 Long Island, NY Undetermined 10 Infected and 1 death
October, 2021 Somers, CT Prison 2 Infected
October, 2021 Merrimack Valley, MA Restaraunt 2 Infected, 1 death
August, 2021 Harlem, NY Cooling Towers in a “cluster area” 18 Infected
August, 2021 North Carolina Sports Camp Training room at a NC University 84 Infected
August, 2021 Bangor, Maine Undetermined 4 Infected
August, 2021 Cruise Ship Cruise Ship 2 Infected
July, 2021 Essex County, NJ Outdoor Exposure 8 Infected
July, 2021 Across Rhode Island Reopening of COVID Closure Buildings 30 Infected, 1 death
July, 2021 Chicago, IL No common source, undetermined 49 Infected, 2 Deaths
July, 2021 Across Michigan Combination of heavy rainfall, hot weather, and stagnant water in buildings reopened after the pandemic. 107 Infected
July, 2021 Albert Lea, MN Hotel Pool and Hot Tub Area 2 Infected
June, 2021 Portland, OR Senior Living Center 2 Infected
April, 2021 Macon, MO Hotel 2 Infected
April, 2021 Indianapolis, IN Sports and Fitness Facility Several Infected
February, 2021 Union City, New Jersey Undertermined 14 Infected, 1 Death
January, 2021 Portland, OR Senior Living Center 9 Infected, 1 Death
October, 2020 Pontiac, Illinois Correctional Facility 2 Infected
October, 2020 Perkin, Illinois Senior Living Center 3 Infected, 1 Death
September, 2020 Pontiac, Illinois Pontiac Correctional Facility 2 Infected
September, 2020 Tazewell County, IL Community Cases 4 Infected
August, 2020 Hamilton Township, NJ Undetermined 4 Infected, 2 Deaths
February, 2020 Columbus, OH Nursing and Rehab Center 2 Infected
February, 2020 Lake County, IL Senior Living Center 5 Infected, 1 Death
January, 2020 Sumterville, FL Correctional Facility 23 Infected
January, 2020 Plainfield, IL Nursing and Rehab Center 2 Infected
January, 2020 Carol Stream, IL Retirement Community 3 Infected
January, 2020 Chicago, IL Nursing Home 2 Infected
January, 2020 Winfield, IL Hospital 3 Infected
November, 2019 Elmira, NY Cooling Tower 13 Infected
November, 2019 Hot Springs, AR Apartment Complex 2 Infected
October, 2019 Salem, MA Apartment Complex 2 Infected
October, 2019 Jefferson Parish, LA Hospital Water System 2 Infected
October, 2019 Columbus, OH Not Confirmed, Hosptial Suspected 3 Infected
October, 2019 Danville, PA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 8 Infected, 3 Deaths (all infants)
September, 2018 Washington, D.C. Ingleside at Rock Creek Retirement Community, source still under investigation 2 Infected
September, 2018 Providence, Rhode Island Summit Commons 3 Infected
September, 2018 Sioux Falls, ND Still under investigation 14 Infected, 14 hospitalizations, 1 death
August, 2018 Hampton, NH Sands Hotel, other locations still under investigation 15 Infected and 1 death
July, 2018 New York City (Washington Heights), NY Cooling tower in neighborhood 27 Infected, 25 hospitalizations, 1 death
July, 2018 Cleveland, OH Under investigation 11 Infected, 10 hospitalizations, 1 death
July, 2018 Palm Springs, CA Four Seasons 55+ Community – pools 2 Infected
July, 2018 Detroit, MI Wayne State University- 3 cooling tower systems & 3 bathrooms 3 Infected
June, 2018 McHenry County, IL Still under investigation 12 Infected, 5 hospitalizations
Jun-18 Columbus, OH Whitehall VA Ambulatory Care Center 2 Infected
Jun-18 Honolulu, HI Queen’s Medical Center 4 Infected, 4 hospitalizations, 1 death

Get Experienced Legal Representation

If you think you or a loved one has been contaminated by Legionella bacteria, then time is of the essence. Contact The Lange Law Firm, PLLC to speak with a Legionnaires’ disease lawyer who has a reputation for success in handling these types of cases. Call (833) 330-3663 or fill out our online contact form. We offer free, no obligation legal consultations to discuss your potential case.


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