Bed Bug Infestation Lawsuit in Deep Creek at Railey Vacations
Of all the ways that a family’s vacation rental can be ruined, finding bed bugs in the rental is at the top of the list. In August 2020, when our clients decided to take a break from COVID and make a trip to Deep Creek Lake, MD, after renting a property from Railey Vacations, the last thing they expected was to discover an infestation of bed bugs after finding bites and itching across their bodies after the first night, and finding bed bugs in their bed.
Whitney, LLP’s bed bug claim lawyers represent renters whose vacations are ruined by bed bug infestations, and itchy bites caused by a negligent property manager renting a bed bug infested property. If you rented a vacation rental or hotel in Deep Creek, MD, or any other vacation area in Maryland, and experienced a bed bug infestation, we may be able to help you recover compensation.
Click here to read about some of our prior bed bug claims and lawsuit settlements. Call us for a Legal Consultation at 410 583 8000 to discuss your potential case and what your rights to recover compensation are. Whitney, LLP charges no out of pocket fees or expenses in bed bug injury claims.
- Compensation in bed bug claims can be recovered for
- the bites,
- emotional distress,
- medical expenses,
- property damage,
- and vacation rental costs.
Bitten by Bed Bugs After the First Night
After spending their first night in the rental property, our client awoke with itchy bumps. Her husband also experienced itchy skin lesions. They removed the sheets and checked the mattress.
To their great shock and disgust, they discovered multiple bed bugs, bed bug nymphs and areas covered with embedded bed bug feces. They reported the bed bugs to the leasing office and checked out. By the time that all of the itchy welts had emerged, our clients realized that they had collectively sustained over 80 bed bug bites.
To find this many bed bugs, and bed bug feces, on the mattress of a vacation rental is evidence of a failure of Railey Vacations to inspect the vacation rental between guests.
Vacation Rentals Must Be Free of Bed Bugs
The Maryland Livability Code (“Code”) imposes responsibilities upon property owners and operators to comply with the Code. A person may not rent or lease to another person for occupancy or use any housing unit unless the premises complies with the provisions of the Code.
The Code requires a rental premise to be free of insect infestation. The Code further requires that the premises be maintained in a sanitary condition so as not to pose a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the occupants.
Similarly, Maryland common law requires property owners and operators to use reasonable care to keep a rental premises safe for invitees.
Common Bed Bug Hiding Places
Between feedings, bed bugs usually hide and deposit their eggs in tight, dark, concealed spaces such as inside box springs and bed frames, behind headboards and baseboards, under the edges of carpet (e.g., on or adjacent to tack strips), on curtains, in cracks or crevices in walls or floorboards, inside and behind furniture, inside electrical outlets and/or light switches, inside wall cavities, utility penetrations and utility chases.
The standard of care requires that each vacation rental be inspected for bed bugs by a trained individual to look for signs of infestation between guests.
Attorneys for Bed Bug Infestations in Deep Creek Lake, MD
Whitney, LLP’s bed bug lawyers represent victims of bed bugs across Maryland in cases involving vacation rentals, hotels, apartments and AirBnB rentals. We have successfully represented hundreds of clients and recovered over $12,000,000 for our clients in bed bug cases.
Based on our experience, filing a lawsuit is often the best way to recover maximum compensation for our clients. Call us for a Legal Consultation at 410 583 8000 to discuss your potential case and what your rights to recover compensation are. Whitney, LLP charges no out of pocket fees or expenses in bed bug injury claims.