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Santa Ana Legionnaires’ Disease Lawyer

Legionnaires’ disease is a specific type of pneumonia and it is one of the most severe. Approximately 10,000 people are hospitalized every year due to Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the actual number of cases throughout the country is likely even higher than this, as many cases are never reported. A person can contract Legionnaires’ disease after they inhale water droplets that contain the legionella bacteria that causes the illness. Coming into contact with contaminated soil can also result in Legionnaires’ disease. In most cases, Legionnaires’ disease is preventable but negligent property owners fail to meet their legal obligation. If you or someone you love has contracted the illness, our Santa Ana Legionnaires’ disease lawyer can help.

Understanding Legionnaires’ Disease

Sometimes also referred to as legionellosis or legionella pneumonia, Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a type of bacteria known as legionella. The legionella bacteria can also cause another type of disease known as Pontiac disease, but this sickness is not nearly as severe.

Legionella is quite naturally abundant. It is found in indoor and outdoor environments, as well as man-made and natural structures. Legionella bacteria that is found in natural water sources is not typically cause for concern. On the other hand, when legionella is present in artificial water sources such hot tubs, hot water tanks, water cooling systems, and decorative fountains, it can easily rise to dangerous levels.

When a person inhales mist or vapor contaminated with legionella bacteria, they may develop Legionnaires’ disease. Symptoms of the disease usually start appearing between two and ten days from the date of exposure. Fortunately, most people can be exposed to legionella and never feel any ill effects. Sadly, the illness is fatal for approximately 10% of people who are exposed.

What Duty Do Property Owners Owe Visitors?

All property owners in Santa Ana, and throughout California, have a legal obligation to keep any visitors on their property safe. This includes making sure that water systems are safe. When making sure a property is kept safe, owners of the property are legally expected to create a water management plan that can alert them of the presence of legionella. Even a small amount of legionella can cause a person harm and so, property owners must be cautious and ensure the bacteria does not rise to dangerous levels.

Property owners who do not fulfill their legal obligation can be held liable for any injuries or losses that are sustained with the help of an experienced Legionnaire’s disease attorney in Santa Ana. For example, if you were exposed to legionella in a hotel hot tub and became sick, you can hold the hotel property owner liable for paying your medical expenses and other losses.

Our Legionnaires’ Disease Lawyer in Santa Ana Can Help You Claim Damages

It is natural to have a lot of questions after becoming sick on someone else’s property. At Brod Law Firm, our Santa Ana Legionnaires’ disease attorney can answer them, provide legal advice about your claim, and help you obtain the fair settlement you deserve. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 or contact us online to request a free review of your case and to get the legal help you need.

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