Legionnaires' Disease

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Cases of Legionnaires' disease, a very serious and often fatal lung infection, have tripled over the last decade and have increasingly become the focus of aggressive lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages. Businesses have also suffered seven-figure verdicts in first-party business interruption claims while insurance coverage for indemnity and claims defense remains unsettled. Faced with potentially staggering liability, businesses need a firm like Segal McCambridge in their corner—a team of lawyers that understands the disease, can help them limit their exposure and will effectively defend them in court.

Understanding the Disease

Legionnaires' disease is caused by exposure to the bacteria, legionella pneumophila, a waterborne pathogen that amplifies quickly under certain conditions within potable water systems, cooling towers, pools, spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, misters and decorative water features. Those involved with the ownership, operation, management and maintenance of hotels, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, senior living facilities, office buildings, condominium and apartment complexes are regularly targeted for litigation when outbreaks of the disease occur. 

Leading Litigators

Recognized as national leaders in Legionnaires' disease litigation, Segal McCambridge attorneys have extensive experience defending clients facing Legionnaires' disease and other bacterial contamination claims around the country. We have developed "state-of-the-art" defense strategies, a close working relationship with the most highly regarded experts to serve as witnesses and have an impressive track record of mitigating, if not completely defeating, exposure claims.

Knowing that better than any defense is avoiding problems in the first place, we continually monitor legal developments associated with Legionnaires’ disease, analyzing litigation trends and providing training and guidance to help clients recognize and control the risk factors leading to outbreaks. We also assist clients with establishing best practices and protocols, and manage the inevitable government investigations that commence when outbreaks are reported.

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