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Legionnaires' Disease outbreak spurs wrongful death suit

Graceland is a popular destination for Tennessee visitors, many of whom choose to stay at the Guest House. Unfortunately, some of the attraction's recent visitors became seriously with Legionnaires' Disease, which is potentially life-threatening. A recent wrongful death suit claims that the hotel was negligent in maintaining its water systems.

Around nine people fell ill with Legionnaires' Disease after spending time in the Guest House's hot tub and pool. Four of the nine were apparently all from the same out-of-state family, who had taken a girls' trip to visit Graceland. Their symptoms cropped up a short time after returning home and they quickly worsened.

A 62-year-old woman became increasingly ill while trying to recover at home, although her loved ones who had also been on the trip eventually recovered. She was admitted to the hospital after her symptoms progressed and her condition began to deteriorate. She died in late June 2017, only a day after being admitted.

According to the family's wrongful death suit, legionnaires bacteria was present in both the pool and the hot tub at Guest House, Graceland's hotel. It goes on to accuse the Tennessee-based attraction of neglecting its water systems by failing to keep them properly maintained. The family expressed hope that their suit will help prevent the same tragedy from occurring to another family, which is a common purpose behind these types of claims. Aside from holding companies and individuals responsible for their actions, successfully pursued wrongful death suits can also provide much-need compensation for surviving family members.

Source: wmcactionnews5.com, "Lawsuit filed against Guest House at Graceland after woman dies of Legionnaires", Tiffany Neely, Sept. 12, 2017

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