INGLEWOOD (CBSLA) — A jury has awarded an Inglewood family $1.6 million in a case of bed bugs, the largest amount ever awarded such a case.
The jury made its decision Monday, nearly four years after the Martinez family first sued Amusement Six Apartment LLC.READ MORE: Día De Los Muertos Celebrations and Others Return To LA
The family had rented an apartment at 10131 Buford Ave. in Inglewood in 2010. Not long after they moved in, it became apparent the apartment was infested with bed bugs. The family suffered bites and rashes, and their son, who was just months old at the time, suffered to the point that he had to be taken to the emergency room.READ MORE: Sigma Nu Fraternity At USC Suspends Member At Center Of Sexual Assault Allegations
“It was very emotional, seeing my son going through that itching and all that bleeding,” Liliana Martinez said. Her son, now 8 years old, still bears scars from the bites he received.MORE NEWS: USC Places Sigma Nu Fraternity On Interim Suspension After Reports Of 'Possible Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assaults,' Students Protest In Support Of Victims
Martinez says she and her family will use the jury award for a long-term treatment plan for her son.