Legionnaires' Disease and COVID-19: A New Yet Old World
In a world threatened by the novel disease COVID-19, business owners, manufacturers, and suppliers have an even greater responsibility to protect the public against well-known threats. Legionnaires’ disease is one of them, and there are simply no more excuses. Moreover, cases of Legionnaires’ disease are expected to rise due to the prolonged Covid-19 shutdown.
This paper explains to business owners of large commercial properties like hotel owners or owners of office buildings, and to manufacturers and suppliers of equipment associated with Legionnaires’ disease proliferation, what their exposure to potential liability is (i.e., what their legal responsibilities are for protecting the public from this disease).
This paper also outlines a series of steps recommended by both the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our firm (based on our lengthy experience litigating these cases on behalf of plaintiffs) that business owners and manufacturers should take to limit their liability and, most importantly, to keep people safe. Additionally, we address recommendations published by The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE).