Glen Burnie, Maryland has had a long term problem with bed bugs. Over the last several years, the bed bug attorneys at Whitney, LLP have represented multiple clients who lived in Glen Burnie in residential apartments and were bitten and plagued by bed bugs. Glen Burnie, which is located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, is home to many residential apartment complexes. Anne Arundel County has strict county regulations governing the presence of insects in residential rental properties. Both Glen Ridge Apartment Associates, LLC and Morgan Properties Management Company, LLC, who are alleged to be the owner and operator of the Glen Ridge Apartments in Glen Burnie, Maryland are required to follow the regulations set forth in the Anne Arundel County. In the lawsuit that was just filed on behalf of our client, we allege they failed to comply with these regulations as well as other standards of care, all causing our clients to suffer. Whitney, LLP currently represents clients in multiple bed bug lawsuits against Morgan Properties who allege they were moved into bed bug infested apartments managed by Morgan Properties.
Whitney, LLP’s attorneys have represented hundreds of clients in bed bug cases and recovered over $10,000,000 in cases involving bed bugs. This page shows some of our results, and this page provides what our clients say about us. Whitney, LLP’s bed bug lawyers provide free consultations. Call us today at 410 583 8000 or use our online contact form.
Glen Burnie Apartment Complex Bed Bug Lawsuit
In the bed bug lawsuit that Whitney, LLP just filed against Glen Ridge Apartment Associates, LLC and Morgan Properties Management Company, LLC, our client makes the following allegations: She was leased a disgusting and squalid roach, mouse and bed bug infested apartment at the Glen Ridge Apartments in Glen Burnie, Maryland; after repeatedly making complaints to management about the unlivable condition of the apartment that fell on deaf ears, and reporting the filthy conditions to the Anne Arundel County Code Inspector’s Office, she and her one year old son and infant daughter were heartlessly evicted; that the roach, mouse and bed bug infestation was allowed to persist instead of it being promptly and properly treated; that she and her infant and toddler were bitten by bed bugs and suffered from not only bed bug bites bites, but emotional distress, property loss and economic loss; that the management company knew, but failed to disclose to her before she signed the lease, that the Apartment had a history of bed bug infestation and that many unsuccessful treatments had been performed for bed bugs in the Apartment; and that the prior tenants had moved out due to the bed bugs, mice and cockroaches. Had any of this important information been disclosed to her before the Lease was signed, she would never have agreed to move into the Apartment and place herself and her family in danger.
Our client and her children were exposed not only to bed bugs, but also to constant cockroaches and mice. The thought of living with one of these plagues is bad enough, but all three at the same time, plus having an infant and a toddler in the infested apartment, is truly a nightmare that no one should have to live with.
Our client was able to document all three infestations at the Glen Ridge Apartments in Glen Burnie, Maryland on video.
Warning: these videos are disgusting:
Legal Rights and Bed Bugs: Anne Arundel County
Tenants have many legal rights in bed bug cases throughout Anne Arundel County, including but not limited to cases that arise in Annapolis, Crofton, Fort Meade, Glen Burnie, Hanover, Jessup, Linthicum and Severn.
The Anne Arundel County Code adopted the 2003 International Property Maintenance Code, with modifications, which sets forth minimum standards and the responsibility for maintenance of structures used in Anne Arundel County. Infestation is specifically addressed:
308.1 Infestation. All structures shall be kept free from insect and rodent infestation. All structures in which insects or rodents are found shall be promptly exterminated by approved processes that will not be injurious to human health. After extermination, proper precautions shall be taken to prevent reinfestation.
308.2 Owner. The owner of any structure shall be responsible for extermination within the structure prior to renting or leasing the structure.
What this means is that landlords are required to make sure an apartment does not have any insects or rodents, including but not limited to bed bugs, mice and roaches, at the beginning of the lease. When these creatures are found, they must be dealt with quickly and using standard methods of treatment. When landlords lease infested apartments to unsuspecting tenants, and fail to promptly and properly treat those infestations, they are in violation of the law, and their tenants may have significant legal claims against them.
Common Bed Bug Bite Injuries
Bed bugs feed on only one food―blood―and are known to prefer human blood. Bed bugs must have at least one blood meal during each of their five nymphal stages, and adults feed as often as two to three times a week, and at least one a week, over their lifespan of up to about a year or longer. If conscious during the bite, a slight tingling sensation may be experienced as the bed bug hooks the claws on its forelegs into the host’s skin to gain leverage and probe. The bite is produced by an elongated beak through which they draw blood. Subsequent reaction to the proteins in the bed bug’s saliva injected during the bite varies from person to person. Some people have no reaction at all, or a delayed reaction, and others may suffer a severe allergic reaction, including reactions serious enough to require hospitalization for anaphylaxis.
Bed bugs can be transferred among people, creating great social, emotional and financial stress on sufferers. It is common for bed bug victims to develop intense anxiety and fear of continuing to be bit. Bed bug bites can create considerable anxiety and are a hazard to mental health. People who are repeatedly bitten may develop nervous behavior, agitation, sleeplessness, chronic fatigue and paranoia.
Call Whitney, LLP’s Glen Burnie Bed Bug Lawyers
Whitney, LLP has helped hundreds of clients recover compensation for bed bug bites, emotional distress, property damage and other loss. From infested apartments, to hotels, vacation rentals, rental furniture, campgrounds and other areas, bed bugs are pervasive in our current society. While bed bugs are certainly a reality, the troubling fact is that it is also a reality that many landlords and property managers simply do not take the appropriate actions to deal with bed bugs properly. In those cases, it is the tenants who pay the price and live in suffering. Whitney, LLP has experience in these situations and can help. Consultations are always free, and there are no out of pocket costs or fees. We only recover attorney’s fees after we recover compensation for our clients. Contact Us Now at 410 583 8000, or use our online quick contact form for a Free Case Evaluation.