New Mexico - Legionella Prevention and Costs of Legionnaires Outbreaks

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December 11, 2023

A lawsuit was filed against a village and its water department, saying the plaintiff contracted Legionnaire’s disease from contaminated water in 2022. In the complaint, the plaintiff states they were hospitalized in August 2022 with Legionella pneumonia “caused by contaminated water from the Village of Logan.” The lawsuit alleges the village and its employees “failed to make a reasonable inspection of the roadway and manhole cover that would have revealed the dangerous condition” of its bathing and drinking water. (Source)

Reported Settlements and Jury Awards

Given the incidence of legionella in New Mexico, 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 Mexico 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 New Mexico – Very High

No, ASHRAE 188 is not part of the state code

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