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Can I Pursue Compensation for a Legionnaires' Disease Infection?

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Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney Legionnaires' diseaseAlthough many people may have heard of Legionnaires' disease, they may not know that it is a severe form of pneumonia. In many cases, it is possible that the disease could have been prevented. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with the condition, you and your family may be entitled to compensation. In some cases, the misdiagnosis of this disease may even be the result of medical malpractice. Typically contracted through the inhalation of contaminated mist, the condition can be fatal, especially in those with compromised immune systems or certain lung conditions. Victims and their families may be able to pursue compensation for a Legionnaires' disease infection through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. 

Symptoms of the Disease

At first, Legionnaires' disease may look like the flu, as early symptoms include headaches, fever, and muscle aches. However, as the condition worsens -- typically by the second or third day after contracting the infection -- the victim may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal issues, confusion, and severe coughing, which may produce mucus or blood. If left untreated, the condition can (and often does) result in fatality. Those with compromised immune systems, such as the elderly and those with specific lung disorders, are not only at higher risk for fatalities, but they are also at an increased risk for contracting Legionnaires’ disease. A milder form of Legionnaires disease, Pontiac fever, can produce the early symptoms but may not progress in severity. Still, victims may be entitled to compensation for any medical expenses, missed time at work, or pain and suffering related to their condition.

How Is the Disease Contracted? 

Like other forms of pneumonia, Legionnaires' disease is an inflammation in the lungs caused by an infection. It is contracted through the inhalation of the bacterium legionella. Found in both soil and water, the most common method of intake is through a mist, such as via an air conditioning unit of an old building, where the bacteria is able to grow and run rampant. Other places and ways that the condition can be contracted include:

  • Birthing pools

  • Decorative fountains

  • Swimming pools

  • Hot tubs

  • Cooling towers

  • Drinking water

  • Hot water heaters

  • Working in the dirt

Contact a Palatine Medical Malpractice Attorney

Even if Legionnaires' disease does not result in death for the victim, the road to recovery can be long and painful. In addition, the victim could suffer from lifelong complications, including problems with the heart, lungs, and kidneys. Fair compensation is important to ensure the victim receives proper treatment in the days, months, and years ahead. Reach out for help in tracking down the source of your Legionnaires' disease and holding the liable parties responsible for your damages. Contact an Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer to schedule a free initial consultation. The attorneys at Newland and Newland, LLP will fight for the most favorable outcome possible for your case. Call our office today at 847-797-8000.

 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/legionnaires-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20351747?page=0&citems=10

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/02/20/legionnaires-disease-vernon-hills-brookdale/

https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2020/1/10/21060794/illinois-public-health-department-legionnaires-disease-chicago-nursing-homes-balmoral-admiral

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/15/health/legionnaires-north-carolina-deaths/index.html

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