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New York City Legionnaires’ Disease Lawyer

If you or a loved one has contracted Legionnaires’ disease due to an outbreak 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 damages in a Legionnaires’ Disease lawsuit.

Although Legionnaires’ Disease can be an incredibly serious illness with potentially fatal circumstances, it is entirely preventable with routine maintenance and regular cleaning of any large sources of water. And even though New York City is one of the first to implement legislation to minimize the chance of mass infection, Legionnaires’ Disease outbreaks still occur throughout the city.

Why Choose Us?

The Lange Law Firm, PLLC is exceptionally qualified to represent clients in Legionnaires’ disease lawsuits.

  • We specialize in cases involving negligent care of food and water sources, such as food poisoning and Legionnaires’ Disease cases.
  • We have more than 15 years of experience helping clients receive compensation for their Legionnaires’ Disease claims.
  • Our team has a reputation for success, securing millions of dollars in total verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
  • We represent clients on a contingency fee basis – there are no upfront costs, and you pay no legal expenses if we do not win your case.

Why Do You Need a New York City Legionnaires’ Disease Lawyer?

If you are considering a Legionnaires’ Disease lawsuit, it is highly recommended to consult a lawyer before proceeding with your claim. What seems like a simple, straightforward lawsuit can quickly become complicated due to a number of circumstances. A New York City Legionnaires’ disease attorney can help you overcome each obstacle with years of experience and knowledge on the matter.

This is especially true in Legionnaires’ Disease cases, which usually involve clients filing suits against larger businesses and property managers. These businesses typically have intimidating corporate legal teams who are prepared to aggressively defend their client from any damage. Retaining a Legionnaires’ Disease lawyer helps even out the playing field, ensuring you have equally aggressive representation to help you through your case.

Additionally, lawyers with previous experience in Legionnaires’ Disease cases can help you determine the full value of your case so that you receive the full compensation you deserve. Even if you recover fully from Legionnaires’ Disease, the resulting medical expenses can be devastating. Unfortunately, plaintiffs will often receive a quick settlement from the liable party, with the hopes of resolving the issue before the claim has to go to court. However, this is often far lower than what you are entitled to – and what the other party is liable for. A Legionnaires’ disease attorney in New York understands how much your case is worth, so they decline lowball offers and instead opt for the maximum possible compensation for your needs.

At The Lange Law Firm, PLLC, we are dedicated to providing the representation you need to secure the compensation you rightfully deserve for your damages. We are here to lend you help and support during a difficult time, giving you peace of mind during what may be an incredibly stressful process.

What is Legionnaires’ Disease?

Legionnaires’ Disease is a severe form of pneumonia that is caused by inhaling water vapor that contains Legionella bacteria. Symptoms typically develop within 2 to 10 days of exposure and include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Occasionally, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also develop – and if the infection is left untreated, it may spread to other vulnerable parts of the body, such as the heart.

Some people who are exposed to Legionella may suffer a milder form of Legionnaires’ Disease called Pontiac fever. This occurs when Legionella does not infect the lungs, and can involve fever, muscle aches, and chills for two to five days.

It is important to note that although Legionnaires’ Disease is entirely treatable with antibiotics, it is often contracted by those who are already immuno-compromised or have health issues. Therefore, hospitalization is almost always required to fully treat and monitor the patient to ensure they make a full recovery.

What Causes Legionnaires’ Disease?

Legionnaires’ Disease is caused by the inhalation of Legionella bacteria – usually from water sources. Although Legionella is a common bacterium that is naturally found in rivers and other freshwater sources, many in New York City may contract it from man-made sources of water, such as:

Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks Are Common in New York

Unfortunately, New York City is home to a large number of Legionnaire’s Disease outbreaks. According to the New York City Department of Health, there are as many as 450 case of Legionnaires’ Disease in the city every year – an incredibly large number for a disease that is considered extremely rare.

The largest outbreaks of Legionnaire’s Disease in the city’s history occurred in 2015, when four outbreaks occurred throughout the year:

  • January: An outbreak occurred in the Bronx at a housing development, resulting in 12 cases.
  • April and May: An outbreak in the Flushing/Clearview area of Queens led to 13 confirmed cases.
  • July: An outbreak in South Bronx led to 113 cases and 12 deaths.
  • September: An outbreak in East Bronx led to 15 cases and 1 death.

The 2015 Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Led to New Laws

In response to these horrible outbreaks, New York City enacted a law calling for stricter regulations on cooling towers – the main source of Legionnaires’ disease in the 2015 outbreaks. This includes required disinfection and cleaning mandates for all property owners with cooling towers – along with detailed documentation of all cooling towers in the city to ensure compliance of the regulations.

However, despite these stricter regulations, cases of Legionnaires’ Disease have actually been rising. Since 2015, there have been at least five known Legionnaires’ Disease outbreaks in New York City involving clusters of five or more cases. This includes two outbreaks in 2018 in Washington Heights, Manhattan, where over 20 people in total were infected and one died.

Who is Liable for Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks in New York City?

Because Legionnaires’ Disease is a completely preventable infection through simple disinfection measures, any property owners or those tasked with maintaining cooling towers in properties must be held liable for any Legionnaires’ Disease outbreaks. Experts theorize that, despite greater city oversight, outbreaks have continued throughout NYC because those who own and/or maintain cooling towers are failing to comply with these stringent regulations. This may count as gross negligence in the eyes of the law, and you may have grounds for significant compensation in these instances.

Additionally, others speculate that there may be other sources of infection other than cooling towers – and that these regulations are putting too much emphasis on cooling towers. Regardless of the source, those who have a duty to maintain these water sources may have failed to do so, leading to severe outbreaks in New York City – and therefore may be held liable for any resultant damages.

Contact a New York City Legionnaires’ Disease Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has suffered from Legionnaires’ Disease in New York City due to the negligence of another party, please contact us today to discuss your case. Schedule a free consultation with us today and see how we can help you with your case.