Family of Key Biscayne Man Files Lawsuit against Marriot in Chicago Legionnaire’s Outbreak

The family of a Key Biscayne man who died after contracting Legionnaire’s disease at a JW Marriot hotel in Chicago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Marriot International and Chicago-based developer The Prime Group.

According to the Chicago Department of Health, some 8,500 guests who stayed at the Marriot in the Chicago Loop between July 16 and Aug. 15 may have been exposed to the bacteria. Health officials pointed to a contaminated decorative fountain in the lobby of the hotel as the primary source of the exposure.

The disease can be contracted by breathing in mist or vapors from water contaminated by Legionella bacteria. So far, there have been 10 confirmed illnesses and three deaths associated with the Marriot outbreak.

The suit contends that the man contracted Legionnaire’s disease after staying at the hotel from Aug. 1 to Aug 3. He died on August 14, but the cause of death was initially attributed to pneumonia before further tests revealed that Legionnaire’s had been the source of the illness.

The plaintiff alleges that the Marriot didn’t properly maintain the fountain and that it was negligent by not preventing guests from walking near the fountain when the hotel should have known of the bacterial contamination. The suit is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

It is a property owner’s responsibility to ensure that their premises are safe for guests and visitors. Unfortunately, in this case, an improperly maintained and contaminated fountain may have been culpable for three deaths and several serious illnesses. If you have been harmed, or if you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a property owner, you have the right to file a premises liability or a wrongful death lawsuit. The experienced Florida premises liability attorneys at Farah & Farah can guide you through this complex process to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at (800) 533-3555. We can help.