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Plaintiff awarded $800,000 in bed bug claim against Landlord

The Plaintiff moved into a home owned by the Defendant and soon after was covered in "scabs and lesions from head to toe" from a horrific bed bug infestation, according to the Gazette. The Plaintiff asserted that the Landlord knew all along the house was infested with the blood-sucking insects and had been ordered by the city to eradicate the problem. A county housing worker inspected Plaintiff'ss bites the following April and confirmed they were from bed bugs. When the Plaintiff notified her landlord, he took several retaliatory measures, including eviction.

Of the $800,000 verdict, the Plaintiff was awarded $650,000 in punitive damages.  If a landlord or hotel owner was aware or should have been aware of a bed bug infestation through prior complaints, and chooses to ignore those complaints thereby placing someone in direct danger, punitive damages may be sought and awarded.

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