After the bedtime story:
"California family gets $1.6 million after 3-year-old was scarred by bedbugs" April 05, 2018
A family in California whose son was permanently scarred by bedbug bites has been awarded nearly $1.6 million by a civil jury.
It was the highest amount ever paid to a single family in a US bedbug case, according to the family’s lawyer.
Lilliana Martinez, 34, said the problem began in 2012, two years after she and her husband moved into an apartment in Inglewood, Calif. They discovered that their 3-year-old son, Jorge Maravilla, had red spots all over his body, including on his face.
Concerned, they took him to the hospital. The diagnosis? Bug bites.
“As soon as I found out, I was horrified, because I had never seen something like that before,” she said.
Her daughter, who was about 3 months old at the time of the infestation, was also bitten, Martinez said.
On Monday, after deliberating for a day, a civil jury in Alhambra, Calif., ordered the owner of the apartment, Amusement Six Apartments, to pay the family $1,593,500.
Martinez said she and her husband told 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.
The management company then sent someone to fumigate the apartment, blanketing it in white powder.
The family continued to get bitten and made numerous complaints. Finally, after they had lived with the bugs for nearly four months, the management company removed the carpeting in the apartment.
Be sure to check under the mattress.