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Hotel Sued After Florida Man Dies from Legionnaire’s Disease

A Chicago hotel that dealt with an outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease this summer has become the target of a wrongful death suit.

Luis Enrique Acevedo Muro was a guest at the JW Marriot Hotel at 151 W. Adams Street in Chicago from August 1st to August 3rd this past summer. After the visit, Muro developed symptoms of the illness and died on August 14th. The resident of Key Biscayne, Florida was one of three people who died from the bacterial infection. His family filed a lawsuit, stating that the hotel did not properly maintain the fountain nor prevent people from walking near the contaminated water source.

JW Marriott Hotel is owned by Marriott International, which is named in the wrongful death suit along with Chicago-based developer, The Prime Group, Inc. The amount of damages sought by the suit is unspecified at this time.

At the end of August, the hotel reported that they had discovered the source of the contamination and drained all water sources to make sure there had not been cross contamination. Legionnaire’s disease is spread when a person breathes in mist or vapors of water contaminated with Legionella bacteria. It cannot be passed from person to person.

Symptoms of Legionnaire’s Disease start with headaches, high fevers, and chills. By the second or third day, symptoms can include a cough, chest pains, or shortness of breathe.

When a property is not maintained in a safe manner, injuries and health problems can happen in varying levels. If you or a loved one knows someone who has been injured at a poorly maintained property, call Spiros Law, P.C., at (815) 929-9292 to explore your legal right.