New Hampshire - Legionella Prevention and Costs of Legionnaires Outbreaks

Historical Headlines Related to Legionella

August 25, 2022

Cheshire Medical Center expects test results to determine whether a potentially harmful bacteria, Legionella, was properly eradicated. Legionella has been part of the hospital’s routine testing for years. The bacteria only affected Cheshire Medical’s South Building, which includes departments like supply chain, environmental services and the mailroom, according to Barone. Source

August 5, 2022

Four years after an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease, lawsuits were settled against a Hampton Beach motel. The lawsuits involved 19 people who contracted the illness, including one whose father died. An investigation involving local and state agencies, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began in August 2018. At least 34 people likely were infected from the hot tub or the potable water system at according to a final report. "Once we got some resources in from the outside, we were really able to focus on where the outbreak originated," said Hampton Fire Chief Michael McMahon. (Source)

Reported Settlements and Jury Awards

Given the incidence of legionella in New Hampshire, 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

New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire – High

No, ASHRAE 188 is not part of the state code

Legionella and Water Management Plan Assistance

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