Top 3 Tips on What To Do If You’ve Contracted Legionnaires’ Disease
The most common situation that arises after someone contracts Legionnaires’ disease, and after they are stabilized in the hospital, is that family and friends say – What Do We Do Now?
Here are the Top 3 Tips for action:
1. Contact the local or State Department of Health
Report that your loved one has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease. Legionnaires’ Disease is a reportable disease in every jurisdiction, and the only way to prevent a second exposure is to notify the authorities and have it recorded.
2. Determine the Likely Source and Have it Tested
Not every State and local health department requires a test of the location, or an investigation. Most states only test and investigate where there are two or more exposures. If the authority will not test, then do your own test.
3. Contact an Attorney
Of the most recent cases that have contacted me, almost all of them needed some basic direction or a couple of questions answered. Although I may not handle their case, the discussion about what may be expected in the process provides some benefit while they have been under severe stress trying to attend to their very sick loved one. If there is some immediate action necessary to make a claim or file a lawsuit, a knowledgeable Legionnaires’ attorney can do it.