One woman has died after developing Legionnaires’ disease, an illness she contracted while staying at a Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta. Eleven other people have also been diagnosed with the disease, while 63 people are “probable cases” who have symptoms but still need to be tested. If you also have signs of Legionnaires’ disease after staying at the Sheraton Atlanta, you may be entitled to a settlement. The time to act is now.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed Legionella bacteria, which causes the disease, was found in the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel’s cooling tower and in an atrium fountain. The hotel has since passed a health inspection, but that doesn’t reverse the damage done to those affected.
If you got sick or lost a loved one because of the outbreak at the Sheraton hotel, don’t miss your chance at a fair settlement. You may be entitled to damages for what was suffered and lost. An experienced personal injury lawyer in the Atlanta area can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
How Much Could My Legionnaires’ Death Settlement Be Worth?
The value of any personal injury settlement depends on several factors, including where the fault lies and how serious the damages were. Depending on the details, cases of this magnitude may be worth anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions in settlement.
You can best know what your specific case is worth by scheduling a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. They can look at what you’ve suffered, yours or the deceased’s ties to the hotel outbreak, and your options.
You likely have a case if the disease was contracted after spending time at the Sheraton from mid-June to mid-July of 2019. If a family member was killed by Legionnaires’ disease, you may have grounds for a wrongful death suit.
Damages from the Legionnaires’ Disease Settlement
If you have a case, the value of your settlement is determined by the damages you suffer. In a settlement for Legionnaires’ disease at the Sheraton, you may be able to claim damages like:
- Medical expenses, including treatment of Legionnaires’ disease, tests, hospital stays, medications, and more
- Lost wages from missed work time
- Pain and suffering you face because of the sickness
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Future healthcare costs related to the disease (as some patients continue to have complications, even after treatment)
- Funeral and burial charges (if someone died)
We know for sure that Legionella bacteria was found in two places at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, as reported by the AJC and other news outlets. A person can contract Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling the bacteria from water droplets in the air. A man who was diagnosed with the disease has filed a lawsuit against the hotel, and many others have sought legal representation. This provides good grounds for others affected to open a case too.
Don’t wait to seek help—the faster you act, the better. Call (404) 400-4000 at any time to speak with one of our lawyers today.
4 Ways to Seek a Legionnaires’ Disease Settlement in Atlanta
If you were sickened or a loved one was killed by the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, you may be entitled to a settlement. To find out what your settlement is worth and whether you have a case, here is what you need to do.
1. See a Doctor for Testing
Tell the doctor you suspect you have Legionnaires’ disease and that you need to be tested. They will conduct specific tests for the presence of the disease. This will determine whether or not you have Legionnaires’.
2. Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Tell the lawyer it’s confirmed you have Legionnaires’ disease. Let them know if you stayed at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel any time before your diagnosis and the dates you were there. You and your lawyer can discuss your options and help you start taking action today.
Your lawyer will investigate and keep up with the case. They may interview other victims, obtain testing reports, speak with experts, and communicate with the liable party’s insurance company on your behalf.
3. Confirm if You Were Part of the Sheraton Hotel Outbreak
An outbreak happens when several people become sick with Legionnaires’ disease after being at the same location before the incubation period. While you do not need to be part of an outbreak to have a case, confirming that you were can help prove your claim. It’s likely if you got sick after being at the hotel between June 12 and July 15, 2019.
4. Compile Evidence of Your Damages
Keep track of all medical records, pay stubs, and notes on losses while you are sick. This is evidence you will need for your case. Your lawyer will help you with this too. They will also keep a close eye on any new developments in the Sheraton Atlanta outbreak lawsuit.
What You Need to Help a Successful Legionnaires’ Disease Case
To bring a case or lawsuit for Legionnaires’ disease illness or death, you will need to prove that:
- The victim was exposed to the same Legionella bacteria that led to the disease.
- The bacteria that infected the victim was present at the hotel.
- The exposure was caused by the hotel’s negligence.
- The victim was confirmed to have Legionnaires’ disease because of the exposure.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you demonstrate these details. In this situation, we already have confirmed the presence of Legionella bacteria plus multiple cases of others contracting the disease. This is good news for your settlement if you were one of those affected at the hotel.
Talk to a Lawyer About the Legionnaires’ Disease Case Against Sheraton for FREE
Don’t wait to seek help if you were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease or a family member was killed after being at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. John Foy & Associates has been working in serious cases like this for over 20 years. Our goal is to pursue the fullest compensation possible for you and your family. Call us today for a FREE consultation to discuss the details. Call (404) 400-4000 or you can contact us here now.