$50,000 Annapolis Bed Bug Infestation Lawsuit Settlement
Watch the Video Below – In 2021, an Annapolis landlord paid over $50,000 to settle a bed bug bite and infestation lawsuit filed by Whitney, LLP’s bed bug lawyers. Both Annapolis and Glen Burnie have a high concentration of bed bug infested apartments, causing tenants to be bitten and suffer from months-long or years-long infestation and injuries due to negligent landlords and pest control companies.
Although landlords are usually responsible for treating bed bug infestations in apartments, negligent landlords often do not treat and instead ignore tenant reports of bed bug infestations. Or, negligent landlords hire ineffective pest control companies to perform bed bug treatments that do not work.
Whitney, LLP’s attorneys for bed bugs specialize in bed bug cases and have recovered over $13,000,000 for our clients in bed bug claims cases, verdicts and settlements. Consultations are always free.
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If you were moved into an infested apartment, or your landlord is not treating a bed bug infestation effectively, you should know that you have legal rights and can fight back against your landlord.
Compensation for bed bug bites can be recovered for bites, itching, scarring and disfigurement, emotional distress, medical bills, property damage.
What Is Your Case Worth? We offer Free Consultations and our Clients in bed bug cases pay no out of pocket fees or expenses. Call us at 410 583 8000, or use our Quick Contact Form, to discuss your potential case. Here is our YouTube Channel for videos on bed bug infestations.
Annapolis Apartment Infested With Bed Bugs
The Video Transcript is Below, Edited for this Blog:
Hi, this is Dan Whitney with the Whitney Law Firm in Towson, Maryland. Today, we’re going to talk about a bed bug case settlement in Annapolis, Maryland that occurred after a young woman was moved into a bed bug infested apartment. So I have experience with bed bug issues, because I’m an attorney here in Maryland and I’ve handled bed bug cases and bed bug injury cases for about 10 years. And a lot of those cases involve a tenant moving into a new apartment and finding a bed bug infestation.
The Landlord is Responsible for Bed Bug Infestations
Once that infestation is reported to the management company, what happens a lot of times is the management company will hire an ineffective pest control company to treat. Of course, if they’re ineffective, that means they do not properly treat the infestation, the infestation persists.
And what happens is not only the tenant in that unit continues to see bed bugs and get bitten and have a miserable time, it also means the adjacent units either had caused the infestation to spread into my client’s unit, or the infestation that was in her unit now spreads to the other units and just really worsens the problem for everyone in the building.
Finding Bed Bugs After Bed Bug Inspections
So in this scenario, a young woman moves in and reports the problem to the landlord. The landlord hires a pest control company that comes out approximately four times. They search for an infestation. They don’t find an infestation, yet our client continues to actually catch the bugs herself. And of course, she’s said no training as a pest control technician. She catches the bugs. The negligent pest control company is supposedly unable to find the infestation, and our client’s misery continues for several months.
Eventually, she moves out of the apartment and contacts us at the Whitney Law Firm, and we ended up bringing a lawsuit on her behalf. And after the suit’s filed, we get some discovery information from both the pest control company and the landlord.
Negligent Landlord Ignores Bed Bug Complaints
It turns out that she had been making complaints and she had been providing proof of the infestation to the landlord. And despite her providing proof in the form of videos and photographs of the bed bugs, the landlord and the pest control company said they were not finding any bed bugs and there’s no need to treat, which of course is absurd if the tenant is finding the infestation. So as a result of this, she had a very miserable about three or four months before she moved out. And she was bitten as a result of this.
Bed Bug Lawsuit Filed Against Annapolis Landlord
Now, after the suit was filed, we ended up settling the case for over $50,000, and she was able to get enough compensation to replace some of the property she discarded, and of course, for the bed bug bites and emotional distress.
If you have encountered a bed bug infestation in Maryland, we offer free consultations and we pay all the fees and expenses if we end up taking the case. There’s no out-of-pocket fees.
What Is Your Case Worth? We offer Free Consultations and our Clients in bed bug cases pay no out of pocket fees or expenses. Call us at 410 583 8000, or use our Quick Contact Form, to discuss your potential case.
We represent tenants against landlords across Maryland and Anne Arundel County including in Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Brooklyn Park, Crofton, Edgewater, Ferndale, Gambrills, Glen Burnie, Jessup, Laurel, Linthicum, Odenton and Riviera Beach. The Anne Arundel County Health Department issued guidance on bed bugs in 2020.