Bed bug infestations have become a widespread problem in hotels, apartment buildings and furniture stores across the United States. Property owners and hotel management companies have been forced to take necessary measures to stop the infestations so that their guest, tenants and customers can live without fear of being bitten and injured by the bugs.
Recent Large Lawsuits and Verdicts
However, some property owners and business owners have failed to end the infestation and as a result, there have been increasing cases of bed bug lawsuits in different states across the country. The largest settlement awarded to date to an individual, in such a lawsuit was $800,000.00 given to a woman from Annapolis, Maryland. In this case, Ms. Faika Shaban rented an apartment that had been previously infested with bed bugs and the landlord failed to notify her of the bed bug infestation.
Another large bed bug verdict awarded in recent times was an award of $225,000.00 given to a family in Arundel County, Maryland. The incident arose when Ms. Jackson’s son started complaining of itchy spots on his skin. The child was taken to a pediatrician and dermatologist who recommended changes in his diet and prescribed a few allergy medications. But, all the doctor’s recommendations did not offer any solution. The Jackson’s later learned the source of the problem, one night when one of Ms. Jackson’s children began shouting and crying in the middle of the night that bed bugs were crawling on him and biting him. That’s when Ms. Jackson realized the cause of the problem was not allergies, but bed bugs that came from the bed frames she bought from Calidad Furniture & Linen Inc. Ms. Jackson retained counsel and filed a lawsuit against Calidad Furniture & Linen Inc., the company that had sold the bed frame.
Another major bed bug lawsuit witnessed in the last number of years was an award of $382,000.00 given to siblings who were severely attacked by bed bugs while staying at a hotel in Chicago. Due to these two three recent verdicts in bed bug lawsuits, property owners are on high alert about bed bugs and they should do everything possible to avert any bed bug lawsuit.
Our firm has assisted thousands of individuals injured due to negligent business owners not taking the necessary steps to properly treat a bed bug infestation. If you or someone you know has been injured by bed bugs, contact us today for a free consultation.