Kentucy - Legionella Prevention and Costs of Legionnaires Outbreaks

Historical Headlines Related to Legionella

September 7, 2023

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported seeing an increase in Legionnaires' disease as more people are using outdoor pools and hot tubs during the summer. Officials said they are looking into five cases of Legionnaires' Disease, which they say is very unusual number of cases. "Our epidemiology team is still investigating this. They were out today doing water samples and testing. They are trying everything they can to find out any common sources or links to be able to protect people as much as possible," said the spokesperson for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. (Source)

May 10, 2023

Kentucky federal court was asked by an insurer to declare that it doesn't have to defend property owners in a $4.5 million underlying suit which is alleging that a Louisville tenant contracted Legionnaires' disease. (Source)

Reported Settlements and Jury Awards

Given the incidence of legionella in Kentucky, and its associated harm, personal injury claims and litigation are also becoming more frequent. Reported settlements and jury awards are unavailable at this time.

State Cap on Jury Awards

Kentucky does not have a cap on the award amounts allowable by law. In addition, public health notices and negative media attention can also lead to business interruption and reputation damage.

Groundwater Temperature Risk Level – Medium

Overall Liability and Risk for Kentucky – High

No, ASHRAE 188 is not part of the state code

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