Los Angeles County Public Health Officials have confirmed the presence of Legionella bacteria at the Playboy Mansion, also known as Hugh Hefner’s Holmby Hills estate. According to The Daily Mail Reporter, over 700 guests were at a party on February 3. Two days later, tons of guests complained of the same symptoms, some of which included fever, intense headaches, and respiratory problems. Those in charge of the conference that held the party at the Playboy Mansion noticed a trend and an official investigation was launched.
The article reports that four Swedish men who were at the Playboy Mansion were diagnosed with Legionellosis or pontiac fever, which is a milder form of Legionnaries’ disease caused by bacteria found in warm air-conditioning units. Legionella is frequently found in moist environments, and an atmospheric fog machine was used at the party. The LA County’s Director of Public Health has not dismissed the possibility that other illnesses may have contributed to the hundreds of people who became ill.
While there are tests and treatments for Legionnaires’ disease, a person who has contracted the illness can suffer potentially long-term effects such as confusion, short and/or long term memory loss, fatigue, and the onset of asthma. Other symptoms include problems concentrating, malaise, neuromuscular symptoms (joint pain and muscle weakness), cough, and shortness of breath when exerted.
In the most serious of cases when the disease is not treated or diagnosed properly, an individual is at risk of suffering respiratory failure, septic shock, acute kidney failure, and even death.
A person who has contracted Legionnaries’ disease due to a property owner’s oversight or another form of negligence may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. To learn more about your legal rights, contact Steven H. Heisler, “The Injury Lawyer,” at 877-228-4878. As an experienced Legionnaries’ disease attorney, Mr. Heisler has the legal knowledge and resources to protect your rights.