Catonsville, MD Woman Sues Her Senior Living Home for Bedbug Infestation
The Maryland bed bug infestation lawyers at Whitney, LLP filed suit in 2018 against Charlestown Community and Erickson Living Management, alleging that they failed to take proper precautions with bed bugs at their Catonsville, Maryland Charlestown Retirement Community.
Specifically, we alleged that our client, an 86 year old widow, was bitten over 100 times and suffered from disfiguring bed bug bite marks on her body from where she was bitten, due to a heavy apartment bed bug infestation that went undetected by Charlestown and Erickson.
How Bed Bugs Spread in Assisted Living and Retirement Homes
After filing the lawsuit, documents produced in the case reveal that the Catonsville Charlestown Retirement Community has a documented history of bed bug infestations, both in residents’ private rooms and also in public areas, such as in the lobby, an elevator and in one of the dining facilities. The significance of bed bug infestations being in public common areas at the Catonsville, Maryland Charlestown Retirement Community where senior citizens congregate is that this is most likely how bed bugs spread throughout the campus and into other residents’ rooms.
For example, when a senior citizen resident who has an active bed bug infestation in her room comes down to the lobby to sit with her friends, have tea or read a book, the bed bugs will crawl off of her clothing, or wheelchair, onto the couch, and wait for a new person to sit down. When the new person sits down, those bed bugs will hitchhike back to that person’s room, where they will continue to breed and multiply. It is a continuous cycle that persists until the bed bugs are detected and properly treated.
In the lawsuit that Whitney, LLP filed for our elderly client whose room developed a heavy infestation of bed bugs, we allege that the bed bugs found in her room came from one of the other documented infested locations on the Charlestown senior living campus.
Managing Bed Bug Infestations in Long Term Care Facilities
Senior citizens require extra care when it comes to bed bugs. Senior living facilities, retirement homes and nursing homes all provide care for senior citizens, and also deal with the issue of bed bug infestations and bed bug bites. Bed bugs are so prevalent in 2019 that the question is not IF bed bugs will show up, but rather, what to do WHEN bed bugs show up where senior citizens live. Senior citizens have the right to live free of bed bug infestations and bed bug bites. and the property operators are required to take the necessary steps to do so. When they fail to take proper precautions to deal with bed bugs, senior citizens, and their families, have significant legal claims they can bring to recover compensation for injuries sustained.
It is very important for senior citizens and their families to understand that the operator of a senior living community, nursing home or retirement home who tries to force their residents to pay for bed bugs may be acting illegally in trying to shift that cost. Residents who are being forced to pay for bed bug treatments have legal rights and should act quickly to preserve their rights and fight the illegal cost shifting.
Maryland Bed Bug Lawyers Offering Free Consultations
Whitney, LLP offers free consultations for senior living facility and nursing home bed bug injury claims, and to residents who are illegally being forced to pay for bed bug treatments. Contact our Maryland bed bug injury attorneys now at (410) 583-8000, or use our Quick Contact Form. There is no upfront, out of pocket expense – All attorney’s fees and expenses are paid out of compensation that we are able to recover for you.