Louisiana - Legionella Prevention and Costs of Legionnaires Outbreaks

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May 3, 2023

Summer is fast approaching, and many people are anticipating going to the lake or beach which contain extremely hazardous bacteria. A ULM Medical Laboratory Science senior student said that it is important to decontaminate different toys and tubes before and after a day at the lake. If you have any sores or cuts, it is best to wait until they have fully healed, or cover them with a water-sealant bandage. Sonnier says some of the most common bacteria seen in bodies of water are Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Legionella pneumophilia, which can lead to Legionnaires’ Disease or Pontiac Fever, which is a really serious lung infection. Those who have weaker immune systems or fall ill should take precaution and be aware of the risks before hitting the water. (Source)

Reported Settlements and Jury Awards

Given the incidence of legionella in Louisiana, 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

Louisiana 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 – High

Overall Liability and Risk for Louisiana – Very High

No, ASHRAE 188 is not part of the state code

Legionella and Water Management Plan Assistance

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