Texas - Legionella Prevention and Costs of Legionnaires Outbreaks
Historical Headlines Related to Legionella
In September of 2019, 8 cases of Legionnaires’ disease was linked to the East Texas State Fair hot tub display. One person died in the outbreak.
A citywide ordinance mandating Legionella testing of multifamily housing cooling towers in Garland, Texas is a first of its kind in the United States.
In 2014, a fatal infection with Legionella occurred in a neonate after a water birth. The death highlighted the need for infection control education, client awareness, and standardization of cleaning procedures in Texas midwife facilities.
A Legionnaires’ outbreak, in the summer of 2017, at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Round Rock, Texas has sickened at least five people (including both guests and employees of the hotel).
Reported Settlements and Jury Awards
Reported settlements and jury awards have ranged from $225,000 to $5 million
State Cap on Jury Awards
There is a $250,000 per claimant cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases.
The average dollar amounts paid to victims declined to $199,000 per claim. Statistics compiled from data in the National Practitioner Data Bank indicate that Texas is at or near the bottom in medical malpractice cases brought and in the size of claims.
According to Civil Practice and Remedies Code Sec. 41.008, the trier of fact shall determine the amount of economic damages separately from the amount of other compensatory damages. Exemplary damages awarded against a defendant may not exceed an amount equal to the greater of two times the amount of economic damages; plus an amount equal to any noneconomic damages found by the jury, not to exceed $750,000.
Groundwater Temperature Risk Level – Medium
Northern Texas 57-62F
Southern Texas 67-77F
Overall Liabliity and Risk for Texas – Medium
Yes, ASHRAE 188 is part of the state code
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