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Bakersfield Legionnaires' Disease Lawyer

There are over 30 different types of pneumonia but of all of them, Legionnaires' disease is one of the worst, as it causes inflammation of the lungs. Legionnaires' disease is caused by the legionella bacteria, which can be found in water as well as soil. After a person inhales or consumes the bacteria, they will usually start to experience symptoms within two to 10 days. Simply being exposed to the legionella bacteria is not enough to make a person sick. Tragically though, for one in ten people who do develop the disease, it is fatal. People can sometimes become sick from Legionnaires' disease when another person was negligent. In these cases, the liable party can be held accountable for paying monetary compensation for any loss they suffered, such as medical expenses. Our Bakersfield Legionnaires' disease lawyer can help you claim the full damages you justly deserve.

What Symptoms Does Legionnaires' Disease Present?

Due to the fact that Legionnaires' disease can be fatal, it is essential that everyone knows the signs and symptoms of the condition. The most common of these include:

  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Muscle pains
  • Fever, often as high as 104 degrees
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Cough, which may produce mucus or blood
  • Gastrointestinal issues, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased confusion

Although not everyone will contract Legionnaires' disease after being exposed to the bacteria, there are some people who are more susceptible. These include people with compromised immune systems, chronic lung disease, and those over the age of 50.

How is Legionnaires' Disease Diagnosed and Treated?

The earlier Legionnaires' disease is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat, so it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after symptoms appear. Legionnaires' disease is diagnosed through a physical exam, chest x-rays, and different laboratory tests, including the urinary antigen test, which is very useful.

Although the condition is serious, Legionnaires' disease is fairly easy to treat. Antibiotics are typically enough treatment, as they will destroy the legionella bacteria. After someone starts taking antibiotics, they will usually make a full recovery within 10 days. Sadly, antibiotics are not always enough to treat the condition. When this is the case, individuals may have to be admitted to the hospital, often in the Intensive Care Unit to receive specialized treatment.

Symptoms do not typically reappear once a person has recovered from Legionnairs' disease unless they are exposed to the bacteria again in the future. Some individuals, though, may experience long-term respiratory issues. These complications will result in higher medical bills and potentially a lost income. No one should have to pay for these losses when they become sick due to another person's negligence. Filing a lawsuit against the negligent party, with the help of a Legionnaires' disease attorney in Bakersfield, can help offset the cost of treatment and other losses.

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