Hospitals are typically where sick or injured people go to get well. As such, one would certainly expect a certain standard of cleanliness and freedom from bacteria, particularly in a newly opened facility in Ohio. There have been two lawsuits filed against Mount Carmel Grove City, a hospital that opened for patient care in April of this year. The most recent suit stems from a visitor to the hospital contracting a disease that is believed to have been spread through the water system. The presence of a dangerous bacteria in the water supply could be a contributing factor in a medical malpractice lawsuit and could also be grounds for a premises liability claim.

A woman visited a patient in the hospital in May of this year. She was later diagnosed as having contracted the Legionella bacteria, and it is believed she came in contact with the bacteria while visiting the hospital. The bacteria is not spread by casual contact and the hospital’s hot water system is believed to be the source. 

To date, there have been 16 cases of people being sickened by coming into contact with Legionella. They included patients, visitors and employees of the newly opened hospital. One death has been linked to the outbreak. The hospital says the water system is now safe following the installation of a disinfection equipment.

One does not visit a hospital expecting to come out with an illness one did not have before entering the facility. A person in Ohio who believes one may have been sickened in such a manner may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. A lawyer can review the facts of the case and inform the client as to whether there are grounds for a medical malpractice, negligence or premises liability claim.