A Maryland jury recently returned a verdict in the amount of $100,000 in favor of a woman who spent a night in a Maryland hotel after which she awoke to find swollen welts over her arms and hands as a result of bed bug bites. After a two-day trial, the jury returned its verdict on September 15, 2015 after less than one hour of deliberations.
The plaintiff’s attorneys focused at trial on the defendant hotel’s failure to follow its own policies regarding bed bug infestation and control. Unbeknownst to the plaintiff, the same room that she stayed in was placed “out of order” only a few weeks before her stay due to a bed bug infestation but the hotel failed to call in a pest control expert at that time, allowing the bed bugs to multiply and engage in their disgusting behaviors.
The plaintiff presented evidence during trial that bed bugs are highly mobile and can be spread from room to room by housekeeping or by other guests. Bed bugs are experts at hiding, often secreting themselves in walls, ceilings, and other hard-to-spot areas that allow them to travel through walls or ceilings from room to room. Once a bed bug infestation occurs, it is imperative that a qualified and experienced bed bug pest control contractor be called in to professionally and adequately treat the infected areas as well as adjacent areas.
Source Belle v. FMW RRI I LLC, et al., Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Case No. CAL14-12532.
Bed Bugs Are A Growing Problem In The United States
Just last week, an elementary school in West Virginia had to be treated for bed bugs, twice, after students found bed bugs in their belongings at school. Earlier in September, an exterminator had to be called to a West Virginia high school to treat for bed bugs.
On September 17, 2015, workers at Philadelphia’s 311 call center in City Hall were sent home due to a bed bug infestation. Last year, a bed bug infestation on another floor in Philadelphia’s City Hall had to be treated.
A movie premiere on September 15, 2015 scheduled to take place at a Times Square (New York) movie theater chain had to be moved across the street to another movie complex, allegedly due to a bed bug problem in the theater where the movie premiere was supposed to take place.
If you or a loved one were the unfortunate victim of bed bug bites from an infestation in a hotel, motel, resort, apartment building, theater, public or private school, private or public work space, or other private or public location in the United States, you should promptly find a bed bug lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate your bed bug claim for you and represent you in a bed bug case, if appropriate.
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