Sister of Navy veteran who died in Legionnaires' outbreak sues
The sister of a Navy veteran killed in a Legionnaires' outbreak sued the federal government on Friday, alleging wrongful death and negligence in the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
Lloyd Mitchell Wanstreet, 65, of Jeannette died July 4, 2012, after contracting Legionnaires' from contaminated water in the hospital system, according to the suit. Sandy Riley sued on behalf of Wanstreet's estate.
A VA spokeswoman in Washington referred questions to the Department of Justice, where a spokeswoman declined to comment. Riley's suit, filed by Downtown attorney Douglas L. Price, seeks unspecified damages, fees and costs.
More than a half-dozen people have filed claims against the government over the outbreak, which sickened at least 22 patients from February 2011 to November 2012 at VA campuses in Oakland and O'Hara. Six of them died. At least five claimants have settled their complaints.