Legionnaires victims unsure of lawsuit
The lawyer representing several victims in last year's outbreak of Legionnaires disease says a class action lawsuit will be complicated, and he will take at least a month to decide whether it's viable.
Fourteen people died and another 181 fell ill when Legionnaires' swept through Quebec city in the summer of last year.
Nadia Champagne was among those who felt its impact. She lost her father and best friend.
"At night I see him (in hospital) hooked up. And then unhooked. For me it's very very very hard," she says.
But she and others whose lives were changed by the bacteria that grows in building cooling towers are waiting to find out whether they will be able to launch a class action lawsuit.
No action after 17 years
A similar outbreak had taken place in Quebec city 17 years ago. The investigation that followed finished with recommendation that the Quebec government adopt and enforce rules on the proper care of cooling systems in buildings.
But, that never happened.
Lawyer Jean-Pierre Ménard says it is difficult, legally, to sue a government for not passing a regulation.
"There is certainly a certain political failing in all of this," says Ménard, but he says government's have a discretion on whether or not to adopt rules.
He is waiting for further expert opinions before deciding whether a lawsuit can go ahead.