Don’t Let Legionnaires’ Disease Destroy Your Life or the Life of a Loved One

If you or a member of your family has contracted Legionnaires’ disease it is crucial that you hire the right attorney to make sure that you are properly compensated for your injuries, harms, and losses.

Riley|Ersoff partner and attorney Victoria L. Ersoff has handled over 2,000 Legionnaires’ claims in California and across the United States. Victoria’s detailed knowledge of the cause and effect of Legionnaires’ disease and her experience in successfully litigating these extremely complex cases is unmatched.

Victoria and the team of lawyers at Riley|Ersoff has over 50 years of experience as trial attorneys and know the area of toxic torts like the back of their hands. No one can fight for your rights like the attorneys at Riley|Ersoff.

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe and potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria. The incubation period is typically 2-10 days after exposure. The symptoms of this potentially deadly disease can include:

• cough
• fever
• chills
• shortness of breath
• chest pain
• headaches
• gastrointestinal issues, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
• muscle aches
• confusion

Although Legionnaires’ disease can be treated with antibiotics, 1 in 10 people die from this horrible disease. Anyone is at risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease, however, certain people are especially at risk, including the following:

• People 50 years and older
• Current or former smokers
• People with cancer
• People with weakened immune systems
• People with a chronic lung disease such as emphysema or COPD
• People with underlying diseases such as kidney failure, liver failure or diabetes

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Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease often occur at hotels, hospitals, cruise ships, assisted living centers, apartments, and other buildings. Likely sources of the bacteria have included water used for showering, sinks, air conditioning systems, decorative fountains, and hot tubs.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, there are several things that you need to do to protect your rights. You should immediately contact your local and state public health department since Legionnaires’ disease is a reportable illness. Make sure that you report any nights you stayed away from home in the two weeks before your symptoms started.

You should prepare a detailed log of all locations you visited and all activities you participated in the two weeks prior to the onset of symptoms. This will help pinpoint and eliminate potential water sources. You should also prepare a detailed timeline of all of the symptoms that you experienced, including when each symptom started.

Once the source of your Legionnaires’ disease has been determined, testing of the water supply needs to be performed. Most local health departments will only perform an investigation including testing when there are two reported cases. If the health department refuses to perform an investigation including testing, then it is important that make arrangements for someone to perform this testing on your behalf.

It is critical that you contact a lawyer experienced in handling Legionnaires’ disease claims as soon as possible to discuss your case and to determine if immediate action needs to be taken to preserve evidence and to protect your rights.

The lawyers at Riley|Ersoff want to make sure that you and your family are protected in the event that you or a loved one is harmed by Legionnaires’ disease as a result of the negligence of some careless landlord, hotel operator, hospital, assisted living facility, cruise ship owner or other business.

We spare no cost to investigate and litigate the firm’s Legionnaires’ disease cases and will do everything possible to get you the compensation you need to rebuild your life and the lives of your loved ones. Call us, we can help.