April 24th, 2015|
(New York, NY) A man critically injured in the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in the Bronx has filed suit, charging his injuries were a direct result of carelessness and negligence on the part of the companies responsible for keeping the property safe. Ralph Moffa was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease that caused life- threatening respiratory failure, septic shock and acute kidney injury with rhabdomyolysis . Mr. Moffa remains hospitalized after spending more than fifteen weeks in intensive care units. The Legionella bacteria responsible for the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak was traced to the cooling towers in the Co-Op City power plant.
Mr. Moffa and his wife, Laura are Plaintiffs in the complaint filed April 15, 2015 in Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Bronx (Index no. 22086/2015E) . Attorneys Ernest Cory of law firm Cory Watson, P.C. and Michael A. London and Gary J. Douglas of law firm Douglas & London, P.C. are representing Mr. Moffa and others injured in the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.
“The owners and managers of Co-Op city put more than 50,000 lives at risk when they failed to take action to protect residents, workers and visitors from exposure to Legionella, a potentially deadly bacteria. They knew of the health threat, but chose not to do what was necessary to protect people. They must be held accountable,” said attorney Ernest Cory . Attorney Gary J. Douglas added, “Mr. Moffa was on his deathbed as the result of the carelessness and reckless disregard of a few people at Co-Op City, and we will hold them accountable. In a world where people shirk their responsibility, we will hold their feet to the fire and keep them accountable.”
The suit claims the Plaintiff, Mr. Moffa, was installing flooring at Bay Plaza Chiropractic in Co-Op City where he was exposed to Legionella infected water from the Co-Op City power plant’s cooling towers across the street. The lawsuit alleges Defendants Co-Op City, Riverbay Corporation and Marion Scott Real Estate, Inc. failed to properly inspect and maintain the premises in order to protect residents and workers.
The suit contends the Defendants knew before December 1, 2014 that there were diagnoses of Legionnaires’ disease in the area and that the cooling towers were contaminated, but failed to take the actions necessary to protect the public. The Co-Op City power plant was closed so the systems could be decontaminated in January. At least 8 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are attributed to the Co-Op City contamination.
Cory Watson, P.C. is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law firm recognized nationally for its practice areas of class actions, environmental litigation, pharmaceutical drug litigation, defective medical device litigation, products liability litigation and business and securities litigation. Cory Watson attorneys have represented numerous victims of Legionnaires’ Disease nationwide.
Douglas & London is a New York law firm focused on product liability actions, including defective products, defective drugs and medical devices, as well as medical malpractice, general negligence actions, toxic torts and consumer fraud cases. Additional information is available at www.douglasandlondon.com.