Bronx Legionnaires’ Disease Lawsuit Filed in Co-Op City Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak: Cory Watson Attorneys and Douglas & London Represent Victim

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A man critically injured in the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Bronx is seeking compensation for his injuries, claiming property owners and managers failed to protect the public.

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Court documents quote health officials reporting the legionella bacteria responsible for the Legionnaires' disease outbreak was traced to the cooling towers in the Co-Op City power plant.

A man critically injured in the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in the Bronx has filed suit, charging his injuries were a direct result of carelessness and negligence on the part of the companies responsible for keeping the property safe. Ralph Moffa was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease that caused life- threatening respiratory failure, septic shock and acute kidney injury with rhabdomyolysis. Mr. Moffa remains hospitalized after spending more than fifteen weeks in intensive care units.

Mr. Moffa and his wife, Laura are Plaintiffs in the complaint filed in Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Bronx (Index no. 22086/2015E) . Attorneys Ernest Cory of law firm Cory Watson, P.C. and Michael A. London and Gary J. Douglas of law firm Douglas & London, P.C. are representing Mr. Moffa and others injured in the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. The lawsuit stems from the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Co-Op housing development that was first reported in December, 2014.

The suit claims the Plaintiff, Mr. Moffa, was installing flooring at Bay Plaza Chiropractic in Co-Op City where he was exposed to Legionella infected water from the Co-Op City power plant’s cooling towers across the street. The lawsuit alleges Defendants Co-Op City, Riverbay Corporation and Marion Scott Real Estate, Inc. failed to properly inspect and maintain the premises in order to protect residents and workers.

In the court documents, the suit alleges the Defendants knew before December 1, 2014 that there were diagnoses of Legionnaires’ disease in the area and that the cooling towers were contaminated, but failed to take the actions necessary to protect the public. The Co-Op City power plant was closed so the systems could be decontaminated in January. At least 8 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are attributed to the Co-Op City contamination.

Cory Watson, P.C. is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas of class actions, environmental litigation, pharmaceutical drug litigation, defective medical device litigation, products liability litigation and business and securities litigation. Cory Watson attorneys have represented numerous victims of Legionnaires’ Disease nationwide. Additional information is available at corywatson.com.

Douglas & London is a New York law firm focused on product liability actions, including defective products, defective drugs and medical devices, as well as medical malpractice, general negligence actions, toxic torts and consumer fraud cases. Additional information is available at douglasandlondon.com.

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