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Villarreal & Begum Last Updated Date: June 4th, 2021

Landlord Sued Over Legionnaires Disease Outbreak


Back in the summer of 2018, over 60 people contracted a severe case of Legionnaires Disease. The disease is airborne and similar to pneumonia. It comes from a bacteria known as Legionella, which tends to be found in uncleaned cooling towers. That’s exactly how this outbreak was caused in New York that launched a lawsuit against the Broadway Housing Communities. The lawsuit also includes Clarity Water of Technologies, the company that was hired to clean these cooling towers. The suit goes on to accuse both companies of violating cooling tower regulations and negligence.

This outbreak so so severe, it ended up killing two people and hospitalizing 57 others. This is a growing problem in New York, with 130 people catching the disease in the Bronx alone in 2015. The problem is that negligent housing complexes allow warm water to sit in their cooling towers for months on end, without any maintenance to clean the towers. This creates the perfect breeding ground for Legionella. Outbreaks of the disease happen every year all across the country. If you were diagnosed with the disease, you may be entitled to compensation. Anywhere there is water, and it isn’t regularly maintained can be a risk area. On top of this, some industrial coolants carry the bacteria, as well as refrigerators, ice machines, and showers. Be sure to stay away from uncleaned and poorly maintained areas to reduce your risk of coming into contact with this bacteria.

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