A Waco lawyer who claims to have contracted Legionnaires' illness during a six-day stay at a hotel in Lacy Lakeview has sued the hotel and its owner.
Samuel Wright, a legal reservist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is seeking $ 200,000 to $ 1 million in damages in his suit, filed Wednesday in Waco's 414th district district against Avatar Frontera Waco, owner of Fairfield Inn & Suites Waco North , 4257 N Interstate 35.
Shirley Ucol, general manager of the hotel Lacy Lakeview, refused to comment on the case, and Rajnish K. Mittal, of Plano, part of the hotel group, did not return telephone messages.
Wright and his son entered the Fairfield Inn Waco North on June 27th while their apartment was under renovation. They stayed six days. Wright fell ill in the church a few days after the check-out, states the cause.
"Plaintiff has seen numerous doctors and was eventually admitted to the Providence Hospital for a long job in which she was diagnosed and treated for Legionnaires' disease," according to the lawsuit. "5-10% of people diagnosed with Legionnaires 'disease will not survive, fortunately, the actor Samuel Wright survived, but suffered significantly from Legionnaires' disease".
The lawsuit claims that Williams was unaware of the fact that the hotel had an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in 2017 and that hotel officials did not inform it.
"I think it's very strange to have a hotel, or any structure, actually, that would have a legion of three years of legionaire disease," said Wright's attorney, Dale D. Williams. "They had epidemics in 2016, 2017 and now in 2018."
Kelly Craine, spokesman for the Waco-McLennan County public health district, confirmed that in 2016 two cases of Legionnaires' disease were reported, two cases in 2017 and three cases in the past year. All reported cases are enacted by the Fairfield Inn Waco North, he said.
"We have not had any cases reported by the summer, and it's still what we consider under investigation, where we're still working with them and monitoring the water," Craine said.
The lawsuit claims that the hotel has been negligent in its operations.
"The accused Fairfield Inn had a history of exposing guests to the legionnaires' disease and had not exercised ordinary care to keep the hotel in reasonably safe conditions, did not inspect the hotel to find out latent defects, could not secure the premises and not a proper warning to the actor Samuel Wright, "the case argues.
Bacterial disease is a form of pneumonia and is typically contracted through the inhalation of fog or steam from contaminated water. Infected people are not considered contagious.
"Cases are often associated with large or complex water systems," according to a city from the Waco press release released last year. "Legionella (the bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease) can grow if a water system is not maintained properly. The infection is caused by breathing in a mist or vapor containing bacteria. The most likely sources of infection include drinking water , cooling towers for air conditioning systems, decorative fountains and whirlpools. "
Legionnaire's disease symptoms usually begin two days or two weeks after exposure and include high fever, chills, cough, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches, according to the press release.
Wright is seeking damages for physical pain, mental anguish, physical impairment, loss of earning capacity, and significant medical expenses, according to the cause.