L.A. Conference Attendees Suffer Bacterial Infection – Hotel Negligence Lawyers
A union delegate conference held at Westin’s Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles left over 30 attendees suffering with severe intestinal illness, according to health officials. The conference took place from August 21 to the 24th. The day following the conference (August 25th), several attendees started complaining of symptoms. A total of 32 of the more than 300 people in attendance reported symptoms; these included diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, and fever. Multiple people had to be hospitalized.
According to the Alameda County Public Health Department, which was the first to confirm the outbreak, the affected attendees were diagnosed with Shigella.
Allegedly, at least one affected attendee has filed a lawsuit against the hotel; her case was so severe that her kidneys were failing due to sepsis.
If you or a member of your family were at this conference and suffered harm, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit and recover compensation. For more information about the legal options available to you, we recommend that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our legal team is more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to understand your legal options and pursue your claim. If you are ready to speak with a lawyer experienced in cases of hotel negligence, contact us today.
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What is Shigella?
Shigellosis is an intestinal illness that is caused by the Shigella bacteria. Symptoms typically start within two days of exposure to the bacteria and can last from five to seven days. Shigella is very infections and spreads via fecal matter. The infection is relatively common and affects about 500,000 people every year. As mentioned, the bacteria spreads via fecal matter – the bacteria can only be found in the stool of the infected person. Because of this, failing to wash hands after using the toilet can quickly cause bacteria to spread. Food and water can become contaminated, resulting in infections.
Can I Sue for Shigellosis Caused by Exposure at a Hotel Conference?
Yes – you could have grounds to sue. Hotel owners have a duty to ensure that their guests are safe on their premises. In general, this means that property owners, managers, and event organizers have to ensure that there are no hazards that could lead to slip and fall accidents, trip and fall accidents, and other accidents. However, in instances where guests are eating and drinking, another potential hazard that must be considered is hygiene. As explained above, Shigella spreads via fecal matter, so it is very important that infected parties wash their hands after using the restroom to prevent spread.
In general, businesses have hand wash policies for employees; this is why there are “Employees Must Wash Hands” signs in restrooms. However, having a sign does not mean that the policy is enforced. In fact, for businesses that handle food and drinks, employees are required to have the appropriate food handling certification (which must be renewed every few years). In addition, employers must have routine trainings and must enforce their policies. When employers fail to ensure that their employees are properly trained, following their policies, and most importantly, washing their hands, then they can be held liable for any resulting harm to guests.
So, yes – the hotel owner could be liable. In general, this is the same entity that employs the workers. In cases where employees are hired with a different entity, whether this is a management company, event company, or even a temp agency, then these other entities could also be potentially liable.
For more information about your right to sue, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm.
Can I Recover Compensation?
If you suffered a bacterial infection as a result of the negligent actions of a hotel, you could recover compensation given that your lawsuit is successful. Although every claim is different, you could potentially be eligible to recover compensation for the harm that you suffered. Some of the categories of compensation that could be available for recovery could include the following:
Pain and suffering
Here at our law firm, our team is more than ready to aggressively fight for your rights and help you recover the maximum compensation available for your claim. If you have questions about the type and amount of compensation that you could ultimately be awarded, contact us today.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
Most claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations, meaning that claimants only have two years to file their claims. If claimants do not file their claims on time, then they run the risk of losing the right to sue entirely. For more information about the total length of time that you have to file your claim, we recommend that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to help you file your claim on time.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Our team has decades of experience handling all sorts of claims, including claims against hotel owners and related entities due to bacterial breakouts. Our hotel negligent lawyers are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your injury claim and recover the compensation that you are owed. If you or a member of your family were infected with Shigella at the union conference or at a similar event at a hotel or event center, it is important that you seek legal assistance as you might have grounds to sue. Contact us today.
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