Three weeks after a Virginia couple filed a $6 million suit against a historic Boardwalk hotel and its ownership group after one of them allegedly fell ill to Legionnaire’s Disease, the defendants this week denied the allegations and are seeking a dismissal of the case.
In October, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and
the Worcester County Health Department confirmed the presence of
legionellosis, more commonly known as Legionnaire’s Disease, in the
water system at the Plim Plaza Hotel on the Boardwalk after as many as
six individuals who had stayed at the facility during the late summer
months had contracted the disease. One of the victims, an elderly
out-of-state guest at the hotel, later succumbed to symptoms of the
On April 18, a Virginia couple, Pat Eldon Dent, Jr. and his wife
Martha Dent, filed suit in U.S. District Court alleging negligence on
the part of the hotel for failing to “adequately inspect, monitor and
maintain its premises and the hotel’s water system for dangerous
conditions, including but not limited to the presence of legionella.”
The Virginia couple is seeking a total of $6 million in compensatory
damages, including $5 million for the negligence count and an additional
$1 million for loss of consortium.