ORLANDO — An Orlando customer is suing a fitness club, alleging it allowed Legionella bacteria to exist in the water fixtures of its premises.

Reinaldo Mariaca filed a complaint March 26, in Orange County Circuit Court against Fitness International, LLC, failure to exercise reasonable care in maintaining premises in a safe condition for the safety of clients.

According to the complaint, on May 26, 2017, Mariaca was lawfully upon the premises of defendant's LA Fitness club in Orlando. Mariaca says he contracted legionella pneumonia after utilizing the showers, water fountains, spas, pools and water fixtures within the club. 

As a result, Mariaca say he suffered has bodily injury, loss of the capacity for the enjoyment of life, and the expense of hospitalization, medical and nursing care and treatment. 

The plaintiff alleges Fitness International failed to adequately inspect the showers, water fountains, spas, pools and water fixtures on the premises to determine whether the Legionella existed before guests utilized the premises.

Mariaca seeks trial by jury, damages in excess of $15,000, plus interest and court costs. He is represented by attorney Lawrence Gonzalez II of Morgan & Morgan PA in Orlando.

Orange County Circuit Court case number 18CA003106

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