OSNepal, Kathmandu, 16th April: 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 bedbug case in the United States, according to the family’s lawyer.
Lilliana Martinez, 34, said that 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.The doctor told the couple to search their house for pests, and that’s when they found the bed bugs.Her daughter, who was about 3 months old at the time of the infestation, was also bitten, the bugs feasting on her back as she slept, Ms. 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.