Bed Bug Lawyers Recover Thousands For Client Injured At A West Virginia Inn
On June 6, 2014, our client, Ms. Mar, was a guest at an Inn located in Charleston, West Virginia. Ms. Mar checked into Room 24 and shortly thereafter noticed a bug crawling across the comforter. Ms. Mar captured the bug in toilet paper and took it down to the front desk. The front desk clerk identified the bug as a bed bug and stated, “People come in all the time with bed bugs in baggies and then will shower, rest and bring the bug to our office for a refund.” Ms. Mar informed the clerk this was not the case, that she found the bug in the room and wanted a refund. The clerk refused to provide a refund but offered to move Ms. Mar to a new room. Thereafter, Ms. Mar was transferred to Room 34. On the morning of June 10, 2014, Ms. Mar woke up with numerous bites/welts on her body. Ms. Mar showed her injuries to the front desk and checked out.
On June 14, 2014, Ms. Mar underwent medical treatment for her injuries at a MedExpress clinic in Charleston. The treating physician noted scattered raised rashes on Ms. Mar’s arms and legs and recommended Ms. Mar immediately go to the nearest emergency department for further evaluation of an abscess on her breast. The treating physician prescribed Ms. Mar Bactrim.
On July 31, 2014, Ms. Mar sought additional medical treatment for the abscess on her breast. The treating physician noted tender and thickened skin on the right breast and recommended Ms. Mar apply a warm compress to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time up to four times a day. Additionally, a recommendation was made to follow up with a physician if her symptoms did not improve in two or three days.
On August 2, 2014, Ms. Mar went to the hospital to have the abscess on her breast looked at. The treating physician evaluated the abscess on Ms. Mar’s breast and determined that it appeared to be cellulitis instead and prescribed a continuation of Bactrim and Percocet for pain. Additionally, the doctor recommended that Ms. Mar undergo an incision and drainage of the affected area. On August 3, 2014, Ms. Mar underwent an incision and drainage of the abscess. Ms. Mar was left with a scar on her right breast as a direct result of the surgery. The expert dermatologist that we retained reasonably related the bed bug bites as the cause of the abscess on her breast.
Our attorneys prepared and presented an injury claim to the insurance carrier for the inn. We argued the Inn breached their duties as an innkeeper when they failed to provide our reasonable extermination of the room and most importantly a habitable room. Before a lawsuit was filed, a successful resolution was reached with the inn’s insurance carrier which equitably compensated Ms. Mar for all of the pain and suffering she had to endure due to the negligence of the Inn.