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Walnut Creek Legionnaires' Disease Lawyer

A number of conditions and illnesses can leave you in immense pain and unable to perform daily tasks. Legionnaires' disease, however, is particularly serious. Legionnaires' disease is caused by legionella bacteria, and it is a very serious type of pneumonia that causes lung inflammation. Once a person has become exposed to the bacteria, they will typically begin to show symptoms in the following two to 10 days. People are often exposed to legionella bacteria due to another person's negligence. For example, when property owners fail to ensure their water source is clean and safe, another person can become exposed to legionella and become sick. If you or a loved one has suffered from this serious illness, our Walnut Creek legionnaires' disease lawyer can help you hold the negligent party accountable for paying full damages.

How is Legionnaires' Disease Contracted?

Fortunately, most people do not become sick after being exposed to legionella bacteria. Most people who become sick are not only exposed to the bacteria, but they also consume it, usually by inhaling water droplets. Legionella-contaminated water is found in a number of areas, but the most common are as follows:

  • Showers, including those found in hotel rooms and public spaces, such as gyms
  • Hot tubs, swimming pools, and whirlpools in public facilities and hotels
  • Gym equipment
  • Water systems used in hotels, hospitals, and nursing homes
  • Water fountains, including those found in schools
  • Grocery stores, particularly in the produce area
  • Air conditioning units, especially those found in large structures such as office buildings and apartment complexes

The above water sources are some of the most common ways people are exposed to legionella bacteria. However, legionella can also be found in soil, and some people have become ill after working with potting soil or gardening.

What are the Signs of Legionnaires' Disease?

Legionnaires' disease will show many different symptoms and they vary depending on how long it has been since a person has been exposed. The most common symptoms in the first two days include:

  • Muscle pains
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Fever as high as 104 degrees

On the third day, individuals may start to experience additional symptoms. The most common of these include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heavy cough that often produces mucus or blood
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Mounting feelings of confusion

After experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is critical that you see a doctor right away. You should also detail your symptoms and how they have affected your life in a journal. The medical reports and your own recollections can be used as evidence to show the harm you have suffered, so you can claim the full damages you deserve. A legionnaires' disease attorney in Walnut Creek can help.

Call Our Legionnaires' Disease Lawyer in Walnut Creek for a Free Review of Your Case

If you have become sick due to the careless actions of another person, our Walnut Creek legionnaires' disease attorney at Brod Law Firm can help you claim the compensation you need for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 or reach out to us online to schedule a free review of your case.

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