Waldorf-Astoria Faces Third Bedbug Lawsuit
Svetlana Tendler is the latest guest to sue the historic hotel. The doctor, who is currently stay-at-home mom, claims she was bitten in 2007, but was hoping the hotel would settle out of court. She is now seeking $10 million in compensation, citing "prominent" scarring and a fear of going to hotels.
"For the last three years I tried to recover from the bed bugs incident and forget about it," Tendler says. "But I felt like something very important was taken from my life that night and was never returned. I felt like I was eaten alive by bed bugs which have attacked my body."
According to the lawsuit, Tendler suffered red, swollen and itchy welts all over her body, resulting in an allergic reaction which caused "a serious infection and significant prominent scarring." The treatments were costly and Tendler wants the hotel to foot the medical bills and the plastic surgery she wants.
She'll have to get in line.
As reported in AOL Travel News in November, Christine Drabicki and her husband, David, from Plymouth, Michigan also filed a lawsuit.
The Drabickis, who stayed at the Waldorf-Astoria in May, claim they noticed bedbug bites after their first night at hotel and subsequently the bedbugs followed them home. The family was forced to vacate their home for six weeks, hire an exterminator and discard or disinfect 1,000 pounds of clothing.
According to the lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court, their two daughters also fell victim to the outbreak, and one of the girls suffered an allergic reaction. The family, who said the bedbug infestation "wreaked havoc on us," is seeking an unspecified amount as "reasonable compensation."
Susanne Igneri from Nassau County, New York, is yet another guest who has sued the hotel.
The complaint states that personal damages in the home, for pest extermination, cleaning and loss of personal property, amount to more than $13,000. In addition, the lawsuit claims that her six-year-old daughter Sophia suffered "permanent scarring to her face, legs, stomach, groin and body" and "psychological and emotional injuries, anxiety and disordered sleep" requiring medical and psychological treatment.
"The kid was having nightmares. It's like monsters under the bed," Igneri's lawyer tells the Journal. A pediatrician confirmed that Sophia had been bitten by bedbugs.
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