On December 20, 2016, a Complaint was filed in Lucas County Common Pleas Court by seven employees of Lucas County Department of Job & Family Services after the employees developed illnesses from exposure to Legionella bacteria. The cooling system within the company building located at 3210 Monroe Street, tested positive for Legionella bacteria. Six of the seven Plaintiffs are still employed at the company, while the seventh has since retired.
The Complaint was filed as a product liability case against Watcon Inc. of South Bend, Ind.; Baltimore Aircoil Co. of Baltimore, Md.; Sarmento Mechanical Sales Inc. of Sylvania; the city of Toledo’s Division of Water Treatment; the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services, and the county Board of Commissioners. The Complaint claims that commissioners owned the building and purchased the cooling tower which was manufactured by Baltimore Aircoil through Sarmento Mechanical Sales. The city’s water division was responsible for testing the water, and Watson monitored the operation of the cooling tower.
The Columbus lawyer who filed the lawsuit, Daniel Abraham, believes that if the water systems within the company building were installed and maintained properly, the exposure to these bacteria would have never occurred.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.