A woman has been awarded $100,000 in a bed bug lawsuit she filed after allegedly encountering the bugs in a Maryland Red Roof Inn, according to the Washington Post:
Stacey Belle, of Winston Salem, N.C., said she stayed for one night in January 2014 at one of the chain’s hotels in the 6100 block of Oxon Hill Road. She woke up itching. When she turned on her lights, she saw welts covering her arms and hands, lifted her pillow and found bedbugs crawling.
“She was completely disgusted,” said her lawyer Daniel Whitney, of Towson.
In the lawsuit, Belle claimed that the Oxon Hill motel had previously found bedbugs in guest rooms and treated infestations. But the hotel did not check that Belle’s room was free of bedbugs before it rented it out to her, the lawsuit claimed.
The Post also notes that Belle’s lawyer — Towson, Maryland attorney Daniel Whitney, who has filed many cases related to bed bugs — has become known as the “bed bug attorney”.
We’ve mentioned some of his previous bed bug lawsuit wins — in 2013 for a Maryland tenant who lived with bed bugs for eight months while her landlord allegedly mishandled the situation, in 2011 for a tenant whose landlord allegedly waited 48 days before treating her apartment for bed bugs, and in 2012 for a mother who allegedly bought bed frames which gave her family bed bugs.
I’m not a big fan of the litigious culture we have in the US. However, bed bug lawsuits are useful if they can change the ways hotels (landlords, furniture sales and rental places, etc.) deal with bed bugs. And that could help everyone.