Bed bug bites leads to suit against Shore motel operator

Jon Campisi May 12, 2011, 9:05pm

A Philadelphia man and his wife are suing a New Jersey motel operator for injuries the man sustained after allegedly being bitten by cimex Lecturiarius, or “bed bugs,” after a stay down the shore.

Attorney Steven M. Lipschutz, of Steven M. Lipschutz & Associates P.C., filed the premises liability lawsuit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas May 11 on behalf of Donald and Laura Cain.

The complaint alleges that while staying at the Premier Motel at 3217 Atlantic Avenue, a business operated by the WDW Corp., Donald Cain was injured by “bed bugs” that had been embedded into a mattress.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiff claims that the negligence, carelessness and recklessness on the part of the defendant in permitting a dangerous condition to persist and failing to properly maintain its premises caused him to suffer various injuries.

As a result of being bitten by the insects, Donald Cain suffered injuries to his body, limbs and internal organs, the suit claims, which specifically included lesions on his legs and body, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and other injuries to the bones, muscles, nerves, tissues and ligaments.

Donald Cain has had to undergo medical attention because of his injuries, at his own personal expense, the suit states. His work and personal life has also been affected by the injuries.

The loss of consortium count in the lawsuit claims Donald Cain’s spouse has suffered a loss of companionship due to her husband’s injuries.

Both Donald Cain and his wife are seeking judgments in an amount in excess to $50,000, plus attorneys’ fees and damages for delay.

The non-jury matter is scheduled for an arbitration hearing Jan. 12, 2012.

The case number is 110501240.

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