Anyone who has lived with bed bugs knows just how catastrophic their presence is and the horrible effects it can have on property, health, reputation and psyche. A woman who experienced a bed bug horror story is suing for punitive damages and other costs relating to her stay at a Virginia motel. If there is negligence surrounding bed bugs, it needs to be addressed, this is how the problem proliferates.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. — A New York woman’s multi-million-dollar lawsuit against an Albemarle County hotel over bed bugs will go to a jury after a federal judge ruled in her favor Tuesday.
Janie Mcfarland and her church group checked-in to a Super 8 motel during a September 13, 2014 visit to Central Virginia.
“It was our first night when I spent the night, so the entire time at the church service I was sick,” said McFarland, who is suing the motel owner.
McFarland said she discovered more than 40 bed bug bites all over her body.
“When I got up, I saw spots of blood on my pillow. So, they had been biting me on my neck and they were on my face,” she told WVIR.
McFarland described the scene as she reportedly found the bed bugs all over her motel bed.
“I pulled the sheet back even more and there were bed bugs from the head to the foot of the bed just scurrying around on the sheet,” said McFarland.
She said the bites festered and her whole body swelled from an allergic reaction.
“I was sick straight for a year and a half,” said McFarland.
She said when she brought the issue to the attention of motel management, they denied the accusations. “They were like we don’t know what you’re talking about, we didn’t find any bed bugs, everything is fine,” said McFarland.
The woman decided to file a lawsuit against the hotel’s owner, Chaxu Incorporated.
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