Washington - Legionella Prevention and Costs of Legionnaires Outbreaks

Historical Headlines Related to Legionella

October 20, 2022

A patient treated at UW Medical Center-Montlake in September was diagnosed with Legionella pneumonia presumed to be a healthcare-associated infection. The diagnosis was made after the patient was transferred to another facility for further care. This is believed to be an isolated case and no additional cases of Legionella have been identified at UW Medical Center - Montlake. The medical center is working closely with Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Washington State Department of Health to investigate this case and to ensure the safety of patients and staff. UW Medical Center has a robust water management plan that includes testing and monitoring of water temperature, chlorine levels and the presence of water-borne bacteria. (Source)

Reported Settlements and Jury Awards

Given the incidence of legionella in Washington, 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

Washington 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 Liabliity and Risk for Nevada – Medium

No, ASHRAE 188 is not part of the state code

Legionella and Water Management Plan Assistance

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