Legionnaires' disease (LD) is a respiratory illness caused by bacteria spread through air-conditioning systems, hot tubs, humidifiers, showers, and cooling towers. People get LD when they breathe in mist or vapor containing the bacteria. For example, a person in a gym steam room where the heating system hasn't been properly cleaned and disinfected can get sick from breathing in bacteria from water droplets in the air.
If you work at or recently visited a location that has left you experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is important that you see a doctor immediately. You will also need to speak to an experienced NY Legionnaires' disease attorney at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP. Contact us at (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation.
The time period from exposure to symptoms showing is usually 2-14 days. LD is very similar to many types of pneumonia, and doctors often don't diagnose Legionnaires' disease correctly when people first get sick. Common symptoms of Legionnaires' disease include:
- High fever
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches
- Loss of coordination
- Mental confusion
Every case and every Legionnaires' disease outbreak is different. However, people older than 50 years of age, current or former smokers, people with chronic lung disease, and those with weak immune systems will be hit harder by LD.
Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment and thrive in warm water and warm damp places. People usually get Legionnaires' disease by breathing the Legionella bacteria in mists and vapors from places like showers or fountains. You can't catch LD from another person, or from drinking water contaminated by Legionella bacteria.
Legionnaires' disease outbreaks have been traced to:
- Building water systems
- Hot water heaters
- Indoor spas and pools
- Fountains and humidifiers
- Building ventilation and cooling systems
Owners and managers of any building or property where an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has happened could be legally liable. Persons and corporations involved with the ownership, operation, management, and maintenance of all types of locations are responsible for your Legionnaires' disease. This includes:
- Senior housing facilities
- Nursing homes
- Cruise ships
- Shopping malls
- Office buildings
To get the compensation you need and deserve for your Legionnaires' disease, you'll need to prove the following:
- You were exposed to the Legionella bacteria that causes disease
- The exposure resulted in a confirmed diagnosis of Legionnaires' disease
- The exposure happened at the place you said
- The exposure was caused by the owner or operator of the location not having water systems properly cleaned
You'll also need an experienced, qualified Legionnaires' disease lawyer on your side. Contact the New York personal injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP for a free consultation or case evaluation. We can be reached at (212) 986-7353.