When you go on vacation, you expect the best with your room. It should be immaculate, have a great view and be free of any harmful or threatening elements. For a family of four from the greater Philadelphia area, this should have been the case as they traveled to a resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Unfortunately, after spending one night in the condo that they had rented, each member in the family had been seriously sickened. In fact, both boys experienced seizures. According to an ABC News.com report, the condo below them had been sprayed with a toxic pesticide(methyl bromide) the day they arrived. Apparently the residue emanating from the pesticide seeped into the second-floor condo and poisoned them.
Paramedics responded and airlifted the boys to a hospital in Philadelphia, while the parents were taken to a Delaware hospital. Pest abatement company Termanix was responsible for spraying the condo below the family.
It remains to be seen whether the family will bring a premises liability lawsuit against the pest control agency, or the owner of the condo they rented for their vacation. In a premises liability suit, an aggrieved party seeks monetary damages against a property owner based on their negligence in maintaining the property.
This can be due to failing to correct a dangerous condition that a patron or visitor complained about, or allowing a dangerous condition to exist that a patron would not discover. Either way, an injured person could seek damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other related expenses. If you have questions about premises liability claims, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.