Thankfully, there have been no outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease since we covered the cases in Tazewell and Sheboygan counties. So we thought it helpful to highlight some of our past, common scenarios where previous clients of ours have contracted the disease.
In our first case, the clients contracted Legionnaires’ Disease on vacation at the defendant’s lake home she was renting. Specifically, three family members inhaled contaminated water emanating from a hot tub on the property. Two fell seriously ill and one family member died as a result of the disease. This case was particularly tricky as Legionella testing was ever completed on the hot tub—the defendant drained, sanitized, and trashed the tub before testing could be complete. Luckily, the Department of Health for the county in which the lake house was located sent the defendant a “remediation letter,” essentially recognizing the probable presence of Legionella bacteria on the property. While being questioned by our firm during a deposition, it became abundantly clear that the defendant did not know how to properly maintain his hot tub. And because we could establish that the clients could not have contracted the disease from another location, the combination of circumstantial evidence helped us secure for our clients a sizable settlement.
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