"Is There a Legal Standard of Care for Legionnaires' Disease?" Law360
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"Is There a Legal Standard of Care for Legionnaires' Disease?" Law360

October 25, 2019

Thomas P. Bernier, a leader in Goldberg Segalla’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Law group and chair of its Legionnaires Disease practice, wrote an article for Law360 discussing specific components of Legionnaires’ disease including its cause, diagnosis, effects, and incidence.

In “Is There a Legal Standard of Care for Legionnaires’ Disease?” Tom provides case examples and statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to further examine Legionnaires’ disease. He also talks about protocols adopted to prevent the disease and if there has been enough recent public health recommendations to warrant a legal standard of care.

“Since 1976, Legionellosis has been a reportable disease, requiring health practitioners to report each diagnosis to local and state health departments. Larger outbreaks often invite participation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Numerous international and national agencies, along with countless industry associations, have published guidelines on the control of the amplification of legionella bacteria. Yet, 43 years after the seminal occurrence at the Bellevue Stratford, outbreaks continue to make national news headlines.”

Read the full article here:

Is There a Legal Standard of Care for Legionnaires’ Disease?Law360, October 23, 2019


More about Goldberg Segalla’s Thomas P. Bernier:

With more than three decades of experience successfully defending complex and high-profile civil and criminal cases in the state and federal courts throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C., and in other parts of the country, Tom focuses his civil practice on the defense of toxic tort actions against companies in a wide range of industries, with particular concentration on claims alleging exposure to Legionella, asbestos, lead paint, carbon monoxide, and mold. Tom also has extensive experience defending personal injury, premises liability, and product liability. He is a frequent author and presenter on personal injury defense and other topics in his areas of concentration, with two seminars he developed being honored by the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL) as “Best of MICPEL” seminars.