Two Residents At Amsterdam Nursing Home in Morningside Heights Died After Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (September 18, 2022) – Two residents at the Amsterdam Nursing Home in Morningside Heights contracted Legionnaires’ disease and died, according to the state Department of Health.
The two deaths come after legionella bacteria was discovered in the nursing home. Between June and early September it is believed that as many as 8 people at the Amsterdam Nursing Home in Morningside Heights contracted the disease.
So far, four people have died and two of those deaths are confirmed to be residents. The source of the contamination has not been determined at this time.
Liability In Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks
Legionnaires’ disease can be extremely dangerous especially for people who are older. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection. It’s caused by a bacterium known as legionella. Most people catch Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling the bacteria from water or soil. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to Legionnaires’ disease.” There are a number of symptoms that are commonly associated with Legionnaires’ disease.
- Muscle aches
- Fever that may be 104 F (40 C) or higher
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
Legionella bacteria tends to grow in water supply systems. Depending on the facts of any case, the company or entity where the bacteria originated could be held at fault for an accident. Property owners in New York have a legal responsibility to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition. This must be done for the protection of everyone on a property whose presence is reasonably foreseeable. In many circumstances, Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks take place when water containment tanks are not properly cleaned. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any incident where a person contracts Legionnaires’ disease.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- The source of the disease should be determined.
- Maintenance records should be examined.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any person that died in a nursing home may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that can come with the sudden loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, nursing homes will often fight hard to deny responsibility for any death on their property. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Nursing Home Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of all of the people who died while staying at the Amsterdam Nursing Home in Morningside Heights. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to the New York Department of Health. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent other tragedies like this down the road.
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