If you were exposed to bed bugs in a Maryland hotel, apartment, vacation rental, AirBnb or campground, call the attorneys at Whitney, LLP. Our law firm helps hotel guests, travelers and apartment tenants deal with bed bug infestation exposure caused by the negligence of the property manager or landlord. We have recovered over $12 million in compensation for victims of bed bug infestations in hotels, apartments, campgrounds and vacation rentals. Many potential clients do not know that their claims are serious and can result in significant compensation until they speak with us.
Our lawyers have filed lawsuits and represented clients in bed bug cases across Maryland, including in Annapolis, Baltimore, Columbia, Deep Creek, Silver Spring, Laurel, Leonardtown, Frederick, Glen Burnie, Gaithersburg, National Harbor, and Ocean City.
Here are a few of Whitney, LLP’s results in bed bug cases.
Many cases resolve confidentiality, but some do not:
- News Story – Over $9 million recovered for clients by Whitney, LLP in Bed Bug Cases
- Faika Shaaban Awarded $800,000 in Maryland Bedbug Lawsuit (Huffington Post, 6/3/13)
- $300,000 Settlement in Ocean City, MD in Bed Bug Lawsuit
- Severn Woman $225,000 for Bed Bug Infestation (The Baltimore Sun, 5/9/12)
- $200,000 Hotel Bed Bug Infestation Settlement
- $120,000 Settlement for Infested Apartment at The Willows Apartments in Glen Burnie, MD
- Prince George’s County Woman Awarded $100,000 in Bed Bug Case (The Washington Post, 9/18/15)
- $100,000 Awarded to Prince George Woman After She Stayed at a Bed Bug Infested Red Roof Inn (Blog Post)
- Daniel W. Whitney named Preeminent Bed Bug Attorney (Atlas Obscura, 6/14/16)
- $100,000 Settlement for Infested Baltimore City Apartment
- $90,500 Awarded to Woman Living in Infested Baltimore Section 8 Housing
- Baltimore Family Awarded $90,000 in Bedbug Case (Maryland Daily Record, 10/6/15)
- $75,000 Settlement in Infested Baltimore City Apartment
- Family Gets $70,000 for Bed Bug Infestation at Kushner-Owned Property (Maryland Daily Record, 8/11/17)
- $65,000 and $55,000 Settlements Against Morgan Properties for Infested Apartments
- $60,000 Settlement for Infested Apartment at Tall Oaks Apartments in Laurel, MD
To see more of our past bed bug case verdicts and settlements, click here. Of course, prior results are not a guarantee of future results, and all cases are different.
We offer Legal Consultations, with fees and expenses paid out of compensation we recover. For your Legal Consultation, call Whitney, LLP at 410 583 8000, or use our online Quick Contact Form. Call us now for your Legal Consultation.
What Compensation Can I Get for Bed Bug Bites?
With experienced legal representation, victims of bed bug bites in hotels, apartments and vacation rentals can recover compensation for:
- Pain and suffering for bed bug bites;
- Property discarded and damaged;
- Emotional distress and anxiety related to sleeplessness and constant fear of bed bugs after being bitten;
- Scarring and skin disfigurement;
- The cost of ruined vacations and trips; and
- Lost wages from work due to side effects from being bitten by bed bug.
When victims are not represented by an attorney, insurance adjusters usually offer minimal amounts to guests who were bitten, such as $500 or a few thousand dollars. In the hands of a skilled attorney who can uncover information such as the history of infestation in an apartment room or hotel, and the identity of prior tenants or guests, the case can be worth much more. Whitney, LLP has maximized compensation for hundreds of clients in bed bug claims and cases.
Maryland Law Requires Hotels and Apartments to Be Free of Infestation
Whether the hotel is a five-star hotel or a one-star motel, bed bugs do not discriminate, and the standard of care remains the same: Hotels in Maryland are required to provide clean rooms, free from bed bug infestation. Guests who are placed in an infested room through the negligence of a hotel are entitled to seek compensation for their injuries caused by the hotel’s negligence.
Hotel guests attacked by bed bugs are usually either woken up by feeling something crawling on or biting them at night, or wake up in the morning feeling itchy and covered in little red bumps. Due to the delayed allergic reaction that can sometimes occur, a hotel guest who was bitten may start to feel itchy right away, or it may take up to two weeks to feel and see the effects of the bites after they were initially bitten.
Maryland law requires apartments must be provided to tenants free of infestation. Bed bug infestations mean that an apartment is unfit for human habitation, and also poses a health and safety hazard. Tenants, and their families, have terrible experiences when they are moved into an infested apartment.
Sometimes, tenants are exposed to bed bugs after an infestation in a neighbors unit are not properly treated. When the infestation spreads through the walls due to the negligence of the landlord, the tenant has claims for damages, including injury, property damage and emotional distress. While bed bugs are known to spread throughout apartment buildings, negligent landlords often fail to treat the infestation, and fail to inspect adjacent units, due to the cost. They place profits ahead of people.
5 Steps To Take After Finding Bed Bugs
1. Take pictures and video of the bed bugs and bites, and blood on the sheets.
Taking pictures and video will preserve your evidence for a claim. Often times during the claims process, a property manager will claim that there were no bed bugs in a guest’s room or the apartment. When you can produce evidence of the infestation, that argument loses credibility and the truth is known.
2. Report the bed bug infestation to the hotel’s front desk or the apartment’s management.
When you find bed bugs, you should to put the property manager on notice. This creates a record. Ask what their policy is for guest reports of bed bugs, or for tenant complaints of infestation, and tell them that you want it followed exactly. Also tell them you want an Incident Report created, and request a copy.
3. Call the local Health Department and report the infested room or apartment.
This creates a public record of the infestation and will usually result in an Inspector going to the hotel, doing an inspection, and filing a report.
4. Seek medical treatment if needed.
Prescription medications, including cortisone and steroids, are often helpful to lessen the itching and swelling of bed bug bites. Some people’s skin will show the bed bug bites longer than others, and sometimes up to a year. If the bites do not start to fade within a few weeks, you may want to see a dermatologist for their expert opinion on what steps, if any, should be taken.
5. Call or Email Whitney, LLP for your legal consultation in your hotel, apartment or vacation rental claim.
Whitney, LLP offers all potential clients a legal consultation. Call us at (410) 583-8000, or use our Quick Contact form.
Experienced Legal Representation for Victims of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are no joke, and bed bug claims must be taken seriously. Do not allow your injuries and distress to be minimized, or think you do not have legal rights. Victims of bed bugs have many legal rights, and Whitney, LLP has experience applying the law in bed bug cases and recovering compensation for victims.
If you have suffered from a bed bug infestation and do not know what to do, or the landlord or property manager is not willing to provide reasonable compensation, call us. We have recovered significant compensation for hundreds of clients in both pre-lawsuit settlements and settlements after lawsuits were filed. If you were bitten at a hotel, campground, apartment or vacation rental in Maryland, you have rights. You can click here to read reviews from what some of our past clients have to say.
Call us at (410) 583-8000, or use our Quick Contact form to get started, and we will be in touch to discuss your potential claim.
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