The relatives of World War II veteran, John J. Ciarolla, 83, are filing suit against the VA Pittsburgh for wrongful death during the two-year Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that ended late 2012; the outbreak sickened at least 16 people and caused at least five patients to die. The wrongful death complaint cites medical negligence and overall failure to prevent the waterborne illness and is the second lawsuit filed over this Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.
Just weeks ago, U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced that they could not find any criminality in the VA’s handling of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. Mr. Ciarolla’s three adult children, who are executors of his estate, want to force the VA’s accountability regarding the outbreak.
The first wrongful death suit filed over the Legionnaires’ outbreak was by the widow of William E. Nicklas, 87, also a World War II veteran. Mr. Nicklas died at the Oakland VA Hospital In November 2012.