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Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks from Fountains in NYC

Decorative fountains and water features may be striking fixtures in hotels and other structures, but if they are not properly maintained, they can quickly become the epicenter of a Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak.

If you or a loved one has contracted Legionnaires’ disease due to a fountain or water fixture, please contact The Lange Law Firm, PLLC, today to discuss your case. Our New York City Legionnaires’ disease attorneys can help.

Any parties responsible for properly cleaning the fountain may be liable for your injuries, and you may be able to pursue significant compensation against them as a result.

Is Legionnaires’ Disease Found in Fountains?

Yes, Legionnaires’ Disease can be commonly found in fountains that are not adequately cleaned or disinfected. It is important to note that fountains can be sources of Legionnaires’ disease due to the amount of water that gets aerosolized in decorative fountain features; passersby can inhale the mist and/or water vapor and quickly become infected.

Legionnaires’ Disease is an aggressive, severe form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. Inhaling any water contaminated with Legionella may cause flu-like symptoms that quickly develop into pneumonia that requires hospitalization.

We commonly associate Legionnaires’ Disease outbreaks with cooling towers in New York City, but fountains can be a dangerous source of outbreaks as well. In 2010, a Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak that infected 8 people in Wisconsin was linked to a decorative fountain in the lobby of a hospital.

In 2012, a Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak resulted in 114 cases and 3 deaths over the course of approximately one month. Further investigations concluded that the source was a decorative fountain inside a hotel.

Who is Liable for Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks from Fountains?

It is crucial to understand that Legionnaires’ Disease is completely preventable with diligent cleaning and disinfection of fountains and other decorative water fixtures. Therefore, any outbreaks associated with fountains may be the fault of those responsible for properly maintaining these fixtures. Failure to care for these fountains may hold these parties fully liable for their actions – and any damages incurred by those who have contracted Legionnaires’ Disease.

How We Can Help

At The Lange Law Firm, PLLC, we hold negligent parties accountable for any failure to properly care for any fountains that may have a high risk of Legionella overgrowth. We can provide exceptional representation by taking care of all the legal work while you focus on healing and recovery. This includes:

  • Gathering any evidence or witness testimony relevant to your case
  • Determining the full value of your claims to ensure you receive the full and fair amount
  • Negotiating with other parties on your behalf to minimize the chance of lowball offers
  • Filing any and all paperwork necessary for your case
  • Litigating aggressively and passionately for the maximum possible compensation for your needs

We are ultimately here to provide the help and support you need and the justice you deserve.

The Lange Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to fighting for compensation on behalf of those who have suffered Legionnaires’ Disease.

  • We have over 15 years of experience helping clients who have contracted illnesses due to contaminated food and water.
  • We put our clients’ needs first, communicating regularly to ensure they are receiving the care and wellbeing they deserve.
  • Our firm has a reputation for success, recovering millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
  • We operate on a contingency fee basis – you only pay for our legal costs if we secure a favorable verdict or settlement for you. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one has contracted Legionnaires’ Disease from a poorly-maintained fountain in New York City, please contact us today to explore your options for recovery. We want to fight for the maximum possible compensation on your behalf, holding any liable parties accountable for their negligent actions.

Schedule a free initial consultation today and see how we can help you.