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Man with Legionnaires' files suit

April 23, 2012
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OCEAN CITY, MD — A Virginia man who contracted Legionnaires'' disease while staying at the Plim Plaza Hotel is filing a lawsuit worth $6 million, according to the Delmarva Now.

The lawsuit, filed by Pat Eldon Dent, Jr., and his wife, Martha Dent, is for $5 million in negligence and $1 million for loss of consortium, the article stated.

According to the article, the suit alleges that the hotel’s water supply was contaminated with levels of Legionella bacteria deemed unsafe.

Dent spent six weeks in the hospital as a result of the bacteria, experiencing renal failure, septic shock and respiratory failure, the article noted.

The lawsuit states that the hotel was negligent due to its failure to "adequately inspect, monitor and maintain" its water system, the article added.

"At all relevant times, defendants owed Mr. Dent a duty to inspect, maintain, repair and operate the water systems on the premises ... in a reasonable and prudent manner with due regard for the safety and health of persons invited by defendants to use this facility," the complaint read.

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