Legionnaires’ Patient Sues Ocean City Hotel

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man who was treated for Legionnaires’ disease after an outbreak at an Ocean City hotel last year is suing the innkeeper for $6 million.

Pat Dent filed suit against Plim Plaza Hotel Wednesday in federal court in Baltimore. He and his wife are seeking $5 million in compensatory damages and $1 million for loss of consortium.

Health officials said six cases of Legionnaires’ disease, including a fatal case, were confirmed in people who had stayed at the hotel.

The Daily Record reports that according to the lawsuit, the Dents stayed at the hotel from July 29 to Aug.1. Dent was admitted to a hospital near his home in Boyce, Va., nine days later and diagnosed with Legionnaires’. His medical bills totaled more than $200,000.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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