Family Awarded More Than $500,000 Following Hotel Bed Bug Incident

Family Awarded More Than $500,000 Following Hotel Bed Bug Incident

On Oct. 2, a jury awarded an Arkansas family for trauma they said they experienced while staying in a hotel in 2013.

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October 11, 2017
Bed Bugs Legal Issues
On Oct. 2, a jury awarded an Arkansas family $546,000 for trauma they said they experienced while staying in a hotel room infested with bed bugs in 2013, Arkansas Online reported.

As reported by Arkansas Online, four years ago Alex and Martha McKindra, both 63, checked into the Hilton Garden Inn Ontario/Rancho Cucamonga while visiting their son in California.  The couple’s attorney, Brian Virag, said Martha McKindra still thinks about bed bugs often, fears hotels and struggles to sleep.

On Oct. 2, a San Bernardino County Superior Court jury found that Martha McKindra suffered “severe emotional distress” as a result of the 2013 stay.

During a deposition, Virag said the hotel manager acknowledged that the property’s pest policy had not changed three years after the incident. In court, he argued the hotel knew about its infestation and had experienced problems with bedbugs before and after his clients’ 2013 stay.

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Source: Arkansas Online