The Dangers of Legionnaires’ Disease

Have you suffered injury or a death in the family from Legionnaire’s disease?

Call you’re an attorney at Carabin Shaw who can explain the Dangers of Legionnaires Disease at 1-800-862-1260. We can help you and your family with evaluating a Legionnaires’ disease and determining any possible claims.

The CDC estimates that between 8,000 and 18,000 people get hospitalized every year with Legionnaires Disease. The doctors who diagnose the disease must report their findings to their local Health Department. The unfortunate death rate from outbreaks of this disease can be sadly high. According to data from the CDC, this disease can be fatal in 5 to 30 percent of all of the diagnosed cases.

Any property manager or owner of a building in which an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease is detected faces potential claims by and liability to those who have suffered losses or injury from this disease and from the families of the victims of wrongful death. Legionnaires Disease can be especially dangerous for people with compromised immune systems, smokers and the elderly.

A single solitary source of disease exposure can cause infection in as many has hundreds or as few as one or two people. Reported claims settlements and verdicts have ranged from hundreds of thousands to settlements or verdicts in the millions.

Proving Legionnaires Disease cases in Court

Your personal injury attorney needs proof of exposure to the disease at property managed or owned by a defendant, good proof that this exposure resulted from the negligence of the manager, operator or an owner of the property as issue and a confirmed diagnosis of Legionnaires Disease to have a good case to get you damages.

The value of any Legionnaires’ Disease claim or case will vary depending on the existence of any permanent complications in the future health of any plaintiff, the occupation, wage loss and ago of the victim or victims. These factors are considered when a court determines the damages which are to be awarded to the victims or the heirs of the wrongful death victim if the sick person unfortunately does not survive their disease exposure.

It therefore becomes a key element for your lawyer to get building and health department reports and inspections of the property in question. Also important are reports from a medical expert to scientifically verify the plaintiff’s exposure to the disease, the disease location, the actual source of the disease and the actual diagnosis of Legionnaires Disease in the plaintiff.

In cases where each of the facts above are confirmed, juries have actually taken less than an hour to return a verdict and award damages to the plaintiff and against the defendants. With such good evidence in our hands and our years and years of experience with the Dangers of Legionnaires Disease, Carabin Shaw has settled many cases out of court.

For personal injury attorneys everywhere, the first important step in going after a Legionnaires Disease claim is confirming the pneumonia diagnosis. This is usually done with a CT scan, blood work and a chest X-ray. Good lab work can then figure out if the Legionella bacterium is present in the victim. The client’s personal injury attorney must then identify the exact source of the illness. Usually, this disease has exposures which are part of an outbreak. However, in a home with but a single family, Legionnaires may only infect one or more occupants.

Once your attorney has proof of the Dangers of Legionnaires Disease, he or she can file a claim, and if needed a lawsuit, on your behalf. Our attorneys are ready and standing by to help you and your loved ones get the best possible chance at a full and fair recovery.

Have you suffered injury or a death in the family from Legionnaire’s disease?

Call you’re an attorney at Carabin Shaw who can explain the Dangers of Legionnaires Disease at 1-800-862-1260. We can help you and your family with evaluating a Legionnaires’ disease and determining any possible claims.

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