Chicago Premises Liability Lawyer Says Legionnaires’ Outbreak Raises Concerns

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Attorney Patrick A. Salvi of Chicago’s Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. says businesses must keep visitors safe from unreasonable exposure to disease, slip-and-fall accidents and security lapses.

Legionnaires’ disease at hotels, Chicago personal injury lawyer

Chicago premises liability lawyer Patrick A. Salvi

Owners and managers of hotels, motels and other public establishments should see very clearly in light of these deaths and illnesses that they have a very real duty to ensure the cleanliness and other safety aspects of their businesses.

Chicago premises liability lawyer Patrick A. Salvi said today that a third death attributed to Legionnaires’ disease contracted at a downtown Chicago hotel should serve as a warning to all property owners about their responsibility for visitors’ safety.

According to the Chicago Tribune, an Irish tourist who stayed at the JW Marriott at 151 W. Adams this summer has died of Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. Previously, the city had said two people were dead and six others had been sickened after staying at the hotel, according to the Tribune.

“Owners and managers of hotels, motels and other public establishments should see very clearly in light of these deaths and illnesses that they have a very real duty to ensure the cleanliness and other safety aspects of their businesses,” said Salvi, managing equity partner of the Chicago personal injury law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

According to the Tribune: Chicago public health officials said after the most recent death that the victims were made ill by breathing in mist or vapors from water in a decorative fountain at the hotel that was contaminated with the Legionella bacteria. Hotel guests who have reported illness stayed at the hotel between July 16 and August 15.

The Tribune reported that the hotel’s staff drained the swimming pool, a hot tub and a fountain in the hotel’s foyer after learning of the outbreak August 14, and city officials say there is no “on-going health threat at the hotel.”

“Businesses invite people in,” Salvi said. “They have a duty to make sure they are providing safe premises, whether it’s keeping the property free of harmful bacteria in fountains, pools or tubs, eliminating slip-and-fall hazards or providing proper security to guard against assault.”

Salvi’s law firm pursues personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of individuals in the Chicago, Waukegan, Cook County and Lake County areas who have been injured or have had family members die as a result of businesses or organizations that fail to provide safe environments for the people who visit them.

Salvi said anyone hurt in an accident at a business establishment should consult with a Chicago premises liability attorney.

“Civil law protects people from negligent maintenance that results in disease or slip-and-fall accidents, as well as injury or death caused by negligent security at a hotel, motel or another business establishment,” Salvi said. “An experienced premises liability lawyer can help you exercise your right to that legal protection if you’ve been injured.”

About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Illinois personal injury law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car and truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $630 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 180 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. The firm’s Chicago office is located at 22 West Washington Street, Suite 1600, Chicago IL 60602. For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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