In Royal Oak, Michigan, a patient at Beaumont Hospital was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaires’ disease occurs when legionella bacteria, typically found in freshwater lakes and streams, is inhaled. If facilities such as water systems, cooling towers, or whirlpool spas are not maintained properly, the bacteria can grow especially if the area holds warm water.
Who is Most Affected by Legionnaires’ Disease?
This disease cannot transfer from person to person. However, individuals at higher risk of becoming infected include:
- People over the age of 50
- Individuals with chronic lung disease
- People with weakened immune systems
- Current or former smokers
Fortunately for many, the majority of individuals who are in good health do not become infected with Legionnaires’ disease after exposure to the bacteria.
Statements from Beaumont Hospital
Beaumont Hospital recently released a statement informing the community that a patient had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and that the safety of patients, families, and staff is the hospital’s top priority. Temperature, pH, and chlorine levels are proven to be in appropriate ranges through ongoing testing.
Beaumont Hospital claims to be following CDC guidelines and are working to support a safe environment by providing water bottles and continuing the water sampling tests.
Seeking Legal Help
If you suspect that you or a loved one’s illness was due to the negligence of a doctor or hospital staff, call the lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. for help. We can assess the facts of your case and determine if you have a valid lawsuit.