Sep
11
2017
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How many of you have used Scott’s Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for Flowers and Vegetables?

My client did, and in a lawsuit brought in federal court he is alleging he contracted Legionnaires’ disease from using the product. The evidence that has been provided so far shows that the same type of Legionella bacteria found in the bag he used was also found in his body while in the hospital.

Other evidence shows that Legionnaires’ disease has been associated with manufactured soils in the United States and overseas. Yet no warnings about the dangers associated with Legionnaires’ disease existed on the bag of soil my client used. My client spent a month in the hospital and another month in a rehab home recovering due to his illness with Legionnaires’ disease. The case is proceeding to trial in 2018.

Unfortunately, many cases of Legionnaires’ disease are reported as “sporadic,” or caused by an unknown source of Legionella bacteria. Some of these cases may be caused from using manufactured soil products.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease after using manufactured soil products such as those produced by Scott’s Miracle-Gro, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

-Jules Zacher, Esq.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 1:50 pm
Sep
06
2017
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A “Notice to Tenants” was posted in the lobby of Hampton House at 93-10 Queens Boulevard, advising residents that the agency is working with the building management to test the water for legionella, the Legionnaires’ disease causing bacteria.

This comes after multiple Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in the NYC area. Since 2015, Legionnaires’ disease has sickened 120 people and killed 12 in the nation’s economic capital.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

 

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 5:43 pm
Sep
03
2017
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The retirement community in downtown Orlando has once again tested positive for Legionella bacteria, despite recent remediation efforts.

The water within the community tested positive for Legionella last month, and was subsequently flushed with chlorine. A spokesperson for the community stated that they did not perform a second chlorine flush of the system’s water because the bacteria levels were below the required levels to do so. Is it reported that the community is now working alongside a water consultant with expertise in Legionella bacteria.

Exposure to Legionella bacteria can cause illnesses such as Legionnaires’ disease. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease may include vomiting, high fever, lethargy, coughing, and confusion.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 2:45 pm
Aug
28
2017
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According to new information published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) stainless steel fixtures contain a protective coating that can degrade over time; this degradation encourages the growth of Legionella.

It is well known in among those who study Legionnaires’ disease that water containing rust particles is an environment where Legionella can better thrive. Similarly, a stainless steel sink without the protective coating creates an environment conducive to Legionella growth.

The ECDC has released a list of more suitable materials for kitchen sink manufactures that are less likely to expose individuals to a higher risk of legionnaires’ disease. For those consumers who have stainless steel fixtures in their home it is important that they ensure the protective coating is intact and that they replace the fixtures in time intervals suggested by manufactures.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

 

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 5:28 pm
Aug
23
2017
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James Square nursing home in Syracuse, NY, has implemented additional water restrictions after testing revealed the second building on the property was also positive for Legionella bacteria.

The investigation began after two residents reportedly became ill with Legionnaires’ disease, with the first diagnosis in March of 2017, and the second on July 24, 2017. The facility consists of two buildings connected to one another by a pedestrian bridge. The first round of testing revealed Legionella bacteria in one building, while the most recent testing on August 8, 2017, also revealed Legionella bacteria in the second building.

The nursing home has since installed filters on shower heads and faucets, as well as distributed bottled water to residents. The facility also plans to install a water system to filter the buildings’ water supply.

The nursing home reportedly violated state regulations, which require nursing homes to report to the state health department when 30% or more of water samples test positive for Legionella bacteria. The nursing home apparently received results of that caliber back in June, and failed to report those results for a period of time. Additionally, under the same regulations, nursing homes were to submit water sampling and management plans prior to December 1, 2016. The nursing home has reportedly not yet done so.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 10:51 am
Aug
22
2017
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The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District has issued a control order against the hotel after four cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported between October 2016 and August 17, 2017.

Located in Lacy Lakeview, Texas, the hotel has reportedly performed investigations to attempt to locate the source of the bacteria since the first two cases emerged in October of 2016, and the pool was shut down in May 2017 after the third case was reported. The source has still yet to be identified. Due to growing concerns, the Health Department issued the hotel  to:

• Hire a qualified consultant to assist with the development and implementation of a water maintenance plan
• Maintain water temperature at 140 degrees
• Notify all guest of the risks to Legionnaire’s Disease

If these mandates are not properly followed, the hotel could be shut down.

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria, which can grow in water that is not properly maintained. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include but are not limited to cough, fever, nausea, confusion, and muscle aches.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates

 

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:14 pm
Aug
14
2017
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According to Health officials in the state of Michigan cases of legionnaires’ disease have increase 143% over a three year period.  In June and July alone, there have been 73 confirmed cases on legionnella pneumonia, also know as Legionnaires’ disease.

Officials stated that they are conducting investigation to attempt to determine the cause of this increase. At this point, there has been no common source between all of these cases.

Flint, MI is one of the places where legionella has been found in dangerous concentration, on top of the lead that was discovered in the water causing national attention to turn to the region as residents were unable to drink the water coming into their homes due to risk of poisoning.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 4:35 pm
Aug
10
2017
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The New York State Department of Health is currently investigating James Square as a possible source of Legionella bacteria after two cases of Legionellosis are believed to be associated with the nursing home.

The nursing home’s potable water system recently tested positive for Legionella bacteria. A water restriction is now in place until additional tests are taken and remediation is performed on the facility’s water system.

James Square facility was recently raided by the state Attorney General’s office after claims of poor resident care.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

 

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:55 pm
Aug
10
2017
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Two employees of BAMC who work in a building adjacent to the hospital tested positive for Legionella bacteria. An investigation is being conducted to determine whether or not the building these employees work in is responsible for exposing them to Legionella bacteria. Staffers have been relocated to another facility in the meantime.

No patients of the medical center have been reported at this time with any illness attributable to Legionella bacteria.

Legionella bacteria grows in water and causes illness after it becomes aerosolized and is inhaled into the lungs. Legionnaires’ disease is typically diagnosed when pneumonia is present in combination with a positive finding of Legionella bacteria within the body.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:30 pm
Aug
08
2017
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Residents living at the Latimer Gardens, a Flushing NYCHA Complex were warned that Legionella, the bacteria causing Legionnaires’ disease may be on the property.

This notice from the New York Health Department comes after two residents, including one who remains hospitalized, contracted the disease over a 12-month period, according to officials.

The notifications to residents indicated that testing was being done on the water distribution system that supplies residents with their bathing and drinking water.

While you normally cannot contract legionnaires’ disease from drinking contaminated water, showering with contaminated water often leads the water to aerolize. The fine mist containing the bacteria can be inhaled causing legionella pneumonia also known as Legionnaires’ disease.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for update

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 2:07 pm