MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm filed a lawsuit on behalf of Christopher Jones, who contracted Legionnaires’ disease in August of 2016, and his wife, Kathryn Jones. According to the suit, Mr. Jones is one of 23 people sickened in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak linked to a cooling tower on the Citrus Systems, Inc. facility located at 415 11th Avenue South, Hopkins, Minnesota.
The lawsuit was filed on October 13, 2016, against Citrus Systems, Inc., a Minnesota company. The suit was filed in Hennepin County District Court, file no. 27-CV-16-15044.
“We are alleging that what happened here appears to be widespread exposure to water vapor contaminated with Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease,” said attorney Flaherty. “There are guidelines for prevention of this kind of contamination. With this lawsuit, our client and his family are looking to find out how this outbreak happened and what needs to be done to prevent this from happening again.”
In August of 2016, Mr. Jones worked at a Hopkins car dealership that was adjacent to the Citrus Systems facility, the lawsuit states. In late August of 2016, he was hospitalized with symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease and remained hospitalized for over two weeks.
“Our client was severely sickened and nearly killed,” said attorney Flaherty.
The outbreak sickened a total of 23 people, 17 of whom were hospitalized and one of whom tragically died, according to the lawsuit. The range of onset of illness was from Aug. 4 to September 22, 2016.
Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm are attorneys with Pritzker Hageman, P.A., a Twin Cities law firm with offices in Minneapolis. The firm represents people sickened in Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks throughout the United States. Attorneys Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm have won millions for people sickened in outbreaks of illness. Mr. Osterholm and Mr. Flaherty can be reached at 612-338-0202 or via the firm’s website, www.pritzkerlaw.com. The firm’s offices are located at 45 South 7th Street, Suite 2950, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402.