What rights to bed bug bite victims have?
A bed bug bite is a painful reminder of some of the dangers of staying in a hotel. Bed bugs can strike just about anywhere, something many unfortunate victims have discovered the hard way. It may be in a hotel, a motel, a resort, a large apartment complex or a small private residence. When you wake up to find itchy, swollen bite marks on you, it quickly becomes obvious that bed bugs have infested your sleeping area. Whether it is the most expensive hotel in town or a budget motel, the possibility of getting bit is the same. In fact, one out of five people will find themselves in this position. Becoming a bed bug bite victim is very painful both physically and mentally.
It can be very disturbing to learn that parasites were feeding on you while you slept. Once you realize how hard it can be to get rid of bed bugs—and how they can come home with you in your luggage or on your clothing—you may feel more than just disturbed. You may feel frustrated and angry.
As a bed bug infestation victim, it is important that you are aware of your rights. There is a possibility that you can obtain compensation for your injuries by taking legal action. The only way to be sure is to speak with an attorney, which is where we come in. Our bed bug law team is here to answer your questions and help you understand your legal rights. If we determine you have a case, we can represent you through every stage of that case. Start to finish, we are here to assist you.
What makes a strong bed bug case?
The possibility of a strong bed bug case is based on your specific circumstances. There are certain situations that make for better cases than others. When you speak with your attorney, he or she will look for things like:
- Negligence. When a hotel owner knew about a bed bug infestation, but failed to address the problem and rented out rooms anyway, this is considered negligence. The strongest cases are usually based on negligence.
- Breach of warranty of habitability. If a business taking money in exchange for offering habitable spaces, that business is required to ensure that the property is in fact habitable.
- Breach of contract. If a landlord signed an agreement with you to provide a habitable property and fails to do so, he or she has breached your contract.
One of the biggest reasons why you need a bed bug attorney is because your attorney will have the training to identify strong legal reasons to pursue a case. Things like negligence need to be proved to win the court to your side. Your lawyer will have a good idea if he or she can prove that your rights were infringed upon.
What kind of damages can you collect?
When you pursue a bed bug bite case, you will be seeking damages by the hotel. The type of damages can vary, including:
- Medical care to treat your bites when you first notice them.
- Medical care after the initial care, such as surgery to remove scarring.
- Pain and suffering.
- Money to cover lost wages if you are unable to work due to your injuries.
- Costs for replacing your property, such as your furniture.
- Costs for treating bed bug infestations.
- Treatment for mental issues, such as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Another type of damage that may or may not apply in your case is punitive. Punitive damages may be possible if your attorney can show that the manager or owner was reckless and demonstrated a wanton disregard for your health and safety.
You need an experienced bed bug attorney
When you are considering filing a lawsuit, you want to have an experienced lawyer on your side to maximize your chances of success.
Please contact us today to speak to an attorney. Put our skills and resources to work for you!