NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A North Myrtle Beach resort is on trial after a family claims their suite was infested with bed bugs that have spread to their home and caused injuries.
A family was vacationing at the Wyndham Ocean Boulevard Resort on 1410 South Ocean Blvd. when they claimed their hotel suite was infested with bed bugs, according to a lawsuit filed Nov. 6.
Victoria Hoover, David Hoover, and Etta Sherrod of Brunswick County, NC, Benjamin Hoover of Baldwin County, AL, and Joshua Hoover of Los Angeles, CA, filed lawsuits against the resort after staying December 20-22.
David, Benjamin and Joshua Hoover rented a suite during this time. During this stay, David Hoover was bitten several times, depending on the suit.
After their stay, the three returned to Victoria and David Hoover to celebrate the holidays together.
On December 26, 2019, Benjamin Hoover’s injuries from bed bug bites were so severe that, depending on his suit, he had to be treated in a hospital emergency room.
Victoria Hoover then found bed bugs in her home and was forced to replace mattresses and linens and treat her home for bed bugs depending on the suit. Victoria Hoover claims this happened after she, David, Benjamin, Joshua and their mother Etta were bitten.
David and Victoria Hoover claim they thought the infestation was gone, but they were wrong. Her home was exposed to a second infestation that forced the two of them to replace mattresses and linens again, the suit said.
A Wyndham Vacation Ownership spokesperson says that while the resort has no specific knowledge of the lawsuit, the claims have been thoroughly investigated and denied in a report from an outside pest control company. “We take the health and safety of our owners and guests seriously,” said a statement from the resort. “Every bed bug claim is investigated by the resort and an outside pest control company. The results were communicated with the guests. “
Plaintiffs are seeking actual and punitive damages for the cost of medical bills and infestation treatment, as the court deems appropriate.
News13 has asked the resort for a comment but has not heard from it.