MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The family of a Kentucky woman who died from Legionnaires’ disease has filed a lawsuit against The Guest House at Graceland.
Several cases of the disease were found at the Guest House this summer.
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62-year-old Linda Gaile Godsey died of Legionnaires’ on June 21. That is eight days before the Shelby County Health Department confirmed there was an outbreak at the hotel, and there was no mention that anyone died from the disease.
In June, the hotel closed its aquatic facilities after the Health Department found traces of the disease in the hotel.
According to the lawsuit, Godsey and three other family members stayed at the hotel from June 10 to June 13.
The lawsuit states that the Legionnaires’ outbreak at The Guest House caused all the women to endure sickness and related symptoms.
As Godsey's sickness progressed, she went to the hospital on June 21 and died the same day.
The family claims the Guest House was negligent and failed to maintain a safe environment for its guests.
We reached out the Breathitt County coroner, and he confirmed Godsey's autopsy report listed Legionnaires’ as the cause of death.
The Shelby County Health Department said there have been 9 reported cases of the disease contracted at the hotel. Another complaint against the hotel that was filed in August.
Cox Media Group