A Family Awarded $1.6m – The Highest Amount Ever Paid to A Single Family in a USA Bedbug Case
Court Documents say Infestation led to discomfort, sleeplessness, property damage, and emotional distress. This was published in independent.co.uk by Christina Caron on Thursday 5 April 2018 23:24 with ref. The New York Times.
A family in California has been awarded nearly $1.6m (£1.14m) by a civil jury due to their son was permanently scarred by bedbug bites.
According to the family’s lawyer, it was the highest amount ever paid to a single-family in the USA for a bedbug case.
Lilliana Martinez, 34, explained that the problem began in 2012, two years after she and her husband moved into an apartment in Inglewood, California. They find that their 3-year-old son, Jorge Maravilla, had red spots all over his body, including on his face.
They took him to the hospital and a Doctor ensures that all spots are from Bug bites. She said she was shocked because she had never seen anything like that before. The doctor advised the couple to investigate their house for pests. Ms. Martinez said her 3 months aged daughter also bitten on back as she slept.
On Monday, a civil jury in Alhambra, California, ordered the owner of the apartment, Amusement Six Apartments, after deliberating for a day, to pay the family $1,593,500.
Mr. Brian Virag, the lawyer recently won a case that awarded $3.5m to residents of a large apartment complex in Los Angeles that was also infested with bedbugs. The lawyer said it’s important to give a voice to those who don’t have a voice or who can’t stand up for justice on their own.
The couple informed the management company, Westland Industries, about the infestation right away and were instructed to throw out all of their furniture, including the baby’s crib.