Harlem Resident, Who Was Sickened during Harlem Hospital’s August 2021 Legionnaires’ Outbreak, Files First Legal Claim Against NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation

NEW YORK, NY — Ronald J. Katter, of The Katter Law Firm, who successfully represented more than two dozen people with related injuries in the Bronx 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, has announced that he has filed a Notice of Claim against the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation on behalf of a Harlem resident who contracted Legionnaires’ disease this past August. Analysis by the New York City Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory found that the outbreak originated from Harlem Hospital’s cooling towers.


After August 9, 2021, at least 18 people who lived in the 10037 and 10039 ZIP codes contracted Legionnaires’ disease and were hospitalized. Many were in the high-risk group of people with compromised immune systems or with respiratory conditions like asthma or COPD. Fortunately, no fatalities were reported.


“It is imperative that anyone who experiences Legionnaires’ disease symptoms — which may include one or more of the following: headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, cough, gastrointestinal symptoms and confusion — seek immediate medical attention,” Mr. Katter says. “For the at-risk population, Legionnaires’ disease can be life-threatening. The public and healthcare providers should not confuse Legionnaires’ disease symptoms with COVID-19’s symptoms to ensure that the appropriate tests and treatment are provided.”


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria, which are often found in water. The bacteria can grow in warm water found in hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems and decorative fountains. People contract the disease when they breathe in a mist or water vapor containing the bacteria.  


“The spread of this disease could have been prevented, had Harlem Hospital followed local law and adequately maintained and cleaned its cooling towers,” Mr. Katter says. “If you were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, consult with an attorney who is experienced in handling Legionnaires’ cases to learn your legal rights to compensation. Claims against the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation must be filed within 90 days of the occurrence.”


Mr. Katter is available for interviews on this matter. For more information, call (212) 809-4293 or visit www.katterlaw.com.




About The Katter Law Firm

The Katter Law Firm represents clients throughout New York City in personal injury cases including those who have suffered injuries as a result of Legionnaires’ disease, motor vehicle collisions, pedestrian knockdowns, bicycle crashes, slip/trip and falls,  assaults, workplace accidents, construction accidents, professional malpractice, nursing home negligence, hospital mistreatment, police abuse, accidental death, pet attacks and cemetery and funeral negligence.  The firm aggressively represents injured victims through New York’s five boroughs, as well as the surrounding counties. For more information, call (212) 809-4293 or visit www.katterlaw.com.

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