Nebraska - Legionella Prevention and Costs of Legionnaires Outbreaks

Historical Headlines Related to Legionella

June 6, 2024

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 issued an emergency order under the Safe Drinking Water Act to the City of Humboldt, Nebraska, for drinking water at a local nursing home and assisted living facility. The facility has an ongoing Legionella bacterial outbreak in its water system that has resulted in related illnesses and fatalities, with the most recent fatality occurring in March 2024. Legionella has not been found in Humboldt’s Public Water System outside of this facility. This order addresses disinfection of water utilized at the facility and does not require any action by Humboldt residents. (Source)

Reported Settlements and Jury Awards

Given the incidence of legionella in Nebraska, 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

Nebraska 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 Nebraska – Medium

Yes, ASHRAE 188 is part of the state code

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