Kenneth Jordan, a homeless 62-year-old veteran, alleges he contracted Legionnaires’ disease at the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System while seeking aid for his kidney damage. Mr. Jordan says that he now requires kidney dialysis three times per week as a result of the illness.
His illness coincides with the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that occurred at the VA healthcare facilities in Oakland and O’Hara from February 2011 to November 2012. One of his lawyers, Gary Lang said that the Legionella bacteria furthered Jordan’s pre-existing kidney damage.
Jordan, who was honorably discharged from the Army in 1978, went to the VA in 2011 for medical and financial help under the Health Care for Homeless Veterans program. Through this program, Jordan was able to become a greeter at the Oakland VA hospital and worked several hours a weeks from 2011 until 2012. On May 29, 2012, he was admitted to the hospital displaying symptoms consistent with Legionnaires’ disease.
Jordan’s lawsuit is one of a few that have been filed related to the Pittsburgh outbreak which resulted in at least 5 deaths and 16 illnesses.