When moving into a new apartment, the last discovery you want to make is that bed bugs infest your home. Unfortunately, some landlords may conceal the existence of bed bugs or drag their feet when it comes to the extermination process. This can be difficult for a tenant who is concerned about bed bug bites and how those bites can affect their health. If you or a family member moved into an S&E Holdings Apartment that is infested with bed bugs, you should consult with an experienced Maryland bed bug lawyer today.
At Whitney, LLP, our legal team is determined to help you hold a negligent landlord liable for a bed bug infestation. You should not have to deal with bed bug infestation and bed bug bites at no fault of your own or the expenses associated with exterminating an infestation that you did not create. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000.
S&E Holdings Apartment Locations
S&E Holdings, LLC is a Columbia, Maryland property management company that manages about 1,000 residential apartments. You can learn about the types of properties that S&E owns by looking through their website. Specifically, S&E has property in the following areas:
- Great Mills, Maryland – Fox Chase Village
- Baltimore, Maryland – Holly Lane Apartments
- Baltimore, Maryland (Mt. Vernon) – M on Madison
- Lexington, Maryland – River Bay Townhomes
- Jersey City, New Jersey – Storms Avenue Apartments
- Canton, Georgia – River Ridge at Canton
It is important to note that as S&E is a company that is incorporated in Maryland, it is possible to file a lawsuit against S&E in Maryland for an injury that occurred in New Jersey. If you suffered from bed bug bites at a property owned by S&E, we could help you determine the best place to file your lawsuit.
Before moving into an apartment owned by S&E, you should inquire about the existence of bed bugs or other issues with the property. The company should provide you with a history report of any bed bug infestations that may have plagued the property.
To learn more about filing a lawsuit for bed bug infestations, you should continue reading and consider speaking with an experienced Maryland bed bug litigation attorney.
How to File a Lawsuit for a Bed Bug Infestation
There are multiple types of lawsuits that a plaintiff could file to deal with a bed bug infestation. To deal only with the issue of paying rent, the tenant can:
- File an action to pay their rent into escrow
- Withhold a portion or the entire amount of rent from the landlord
These laws are subject to change depending on the county you reside in. This means you should consider speaking with an experienced attorney before you decide to withhold rent from a landlord.
A tenant that lives in an infested apartment can also file a personal injury claim. To prevail in a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff must show that the landlord acted with negligence regarding the bed bug infestation. Specifically, the plaintiff must show:
- That the landlord owed the plaintiff a duty to handle the bed bug infestation
- The landlord breached that duty
- The plaintiff was injured due to the landlord’s actions
- Personal injuries in a bed bug case include bed bug bites, scarring and emotional distress.
Depending on the circumstances, there may be multiple ways to show that a landlord acted negligently. For example, if the bed bugs have spread to multiple units in an apartment complex because the landlord failed to handle the problem quickly, this can be used as evidence for your case. Additionally, if the landlord lied about the existence of bed bugs, you may be able to file a case for fraud.
There are other claims that can be filed against a landlord due to a bed bug infestation. It is important to note that you only have a limited amount of time to file a case against your landlord. This is because of the statute of limitations that sets the amount of time that a plaintiff has to file a certain type of case.
The statute of limitations filing deadline will vary depending on what type of case is filed. For example, personal injury cases in Maryland have a three-year filing deadline. If you do not file your case within the time limit, you risk having the court bar your claim. A barred claim will leave you without an avenue to seek compensation for your injuries.
Our Baltimore Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You File a Claim
If you or a family member has suffered an injury due to bed bug bites at a property owned by S&E Holdings, you should contact an experienced Baltimore personal injury attorney today. The bed bug litigation attorneys at Whitney, LLP have decades of combined legal experience that we will utilize to help you to file a case against your landlord. To schedule a free legal consultation, call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000, or contact us online.