Mississippi - Legionella Prevention and Costs of Legionnaires Outbreaks

Mississippi Historical Headlines Related to Legionella

December 7, 2022

The US Environmental Protection Agency is planning to propose a long-term presence on the ground in Jackson, Mississippi to help fix the decades-long drinking water problems. The crisis has affected the roughly 150,000 residents of Jackson. The latest setback came in August after the city's main water treatment plant began failing during flooding. This left people without drinking water and shortages for flushing toilets and fighting fires. Even after water pressure was restored, the liquid from the taps was still unsafe to drink. Jackson's plight is similar to that of Flint, Michigan, another community that has struggled with its water since 2014. Flint has grappled with aging pipes, lead contamination and a Legionnaires' disease outbreak. (Source)

Reported Settlements and Jury Awards

Given the incidence of legionella in Mississippi, 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

Mississippi 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 Mississippi – Very High

No, ASHRAE 188 is not part of the state code

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