Legal Repercussions For Those Sickened At Johns Hopkins At Keswick?
The incident comes just one week after a similar occurrence in which nearly two dozen people-17 of whom were admitted to the hospital for treatment-reportedly suffered similar symptoms. The hospital complex was also evacuated at the time, leaving the building vacant for nearly three days.
After the first occurence, health department officials attributed the illnesses to a faulty hot water heater that leaked chemicals called nitrates and nitrites into water used by hospital and administrative staff.
Nitrates and nitrites are chemical compounds which affect the blood's ability to transport oxygen. More specifically, they transform hemoglobin, which carries oxygen through the blood, into methemoglobin, which cannot. In addition to the symptoms listed above, people suffering from nitrate or nitrite poisoning may also experience shortness of breath, low blood pressure and vomiting. In severe cases, it can also lead to coma, heart attack or death.
The water heater has since been shut down. Investigations into the most recent occurrence are still ongoing, but it is possible the two occurrences are related.
If you or a family member are one of the nearly 1,050 people employed at the Johns Hopkins at Keswick complex, or if you were recently present at the hospital facility, please contact us as soon as possible so we can help you understand your legal rights moving forward.
Our experienced team of attorneys have been carefully following this ongoing investigation and can explain how any updates will affect you and your family. Contact us today.