Nov
22
2017
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Even the happiest place on Earth is immune from the potentially lethal bacteria called Legionella. Orange County, CA health officials isolated Cooling towers located in Disneyland as the common source that caused at least 12 cases of legionnaires’ disease over the last three weeks. Most of those who were affected were visitors of the park while at least three were resident living closely to the cooling towers in question. At least 10 individuals  were hospitalized.

Legionnaires’ is a severe lung infection caused by exposure to contaminated water or mist. In other cases handled by Jules Zacher, we have seen cooling towers spread Legionella over a wide area causing outbreaks that effect dozens of individuals.

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 9:38 am
Oct
13
2017
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Five guests and one employee of the Springhill Suites Austin Round Rock hotel in Williamson County, Texas, have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The earliest cases were reported to the State Department of Health Services on September 29, 2017.

The hotel has enlisted the help of a third-party firm in attempt to identify any possible source of Legionella bacteria and eliminate it from the property. The first three cases all reported being in or around the hot tub at the hotel, as well as the employee who had access to that area of the property. The hotel opted to close its doors to guests on October 4, 2017 until the remediation efforts are deemed complete. This time period is expected to be about 3 weeks in length, and the hotel hopes to reopen October 24, 2017, should it gain approval to do so from the Health Department.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include coughing, vomiting, nausea, confusion, and lethargy.

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 3:21 pm
Oct
02
2017
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Drackett Tower at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio is now taking precautions after a student associated with the dorm hall was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of bacterial pneumonia caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. This bacteria tends to thrive in water environments, and can cause illness when it is inhaled in the lungs through a mist or spray form of the contaminated water. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease can include nausea, vomiting, coughing, confusion, and lethargy.

Reportedly, the dorm had a water drain line collapse last month which required the line to be shut down and fixed. A few days later, the school was notified that a student was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The student received antibiotics and is expected to make a full recovery. The student reported only being exposed to the water fountain. At this time, it is not clear whether or not the student contracted Legionnaires’ disease from the dorm building.

The school is reportedly working with Columbus Public Health to isolate the water source until testing can be complete.

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 3:27 pm
Sep
27
2017
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A patient of St. Patrick Hospital recently tested positive for Legionella bacteria. Subsequent tests of the water supply at the hospital revealed its water was contaminated with the bacteria.

The hospital’s remediation plans include installing medical-grade water filters on the faucets and shower heads. Not everyone who is exposed to Legionella bacteria is at risk for becoming ill. Most susceptible individuals tend to be of advanced age and/or have underlying medical conditions.

The hospital is also providing patients with bottled water and keeping them up to date on remediation developments.

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 10:55 am
Sep
27
2017
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A 62 year old woman died on June 21, 2017, after staying at the Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee from June 10-13, 2017 with three members of her family. Legionnaires’ disease was reportedly listed as her cause of death by the medical examiner on her autopsy. Her accompanying family members also fell ill and tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease.

The family filed a lawsuit, alleging that the Guest House at Graceland did not properly maintain its water systems, and thus caused the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. She and her family reportedly used the pool and hot tub at the hotel, and the aquatics center was reportedly closed after cases of Legionnaires’ disease began to be reported.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. When water contaminated with the bacteria becomes aerosolized and is inhaled in to the lungs, it can cause illness. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, lethargy, confusion, and coughing.

More information is available at the link below:

Autopsy shows woman died of Legionnaires’ after stay at Graceland hotel

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 10:43 am
Sep
25
2017
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The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene tested the water supply of Lindenwood apartment complex in Queens, NYC after two residents were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. One diagnosis came last month, while the other was last year.

A notice was issued to warn residents to take precautions, but it is not yet clear whether or not the tests performed at the building came back positive for Legionella bacteria. Both residents that fell ill have since been released from the hospital.

More information is available at the link below:

2 Legionnaire’s Cases Reported At Lindenwood, Queens Apartment Complex

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 12:51 pm
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