With bed bugs in the news more frequently in recent years, most people are aware that there is a problem. But most people are also hopeful that they will be fortunate enough to avoid becoming a bed bug injury victim. Of course, not everyone is so lucky.
How Could This Happen? The Awful Surprise of a Bed Bug Attack
You didn’t go to sleep thinking you were going to be fed on in the night by parasites. Otherwise, you would have slept somewhere else. Bed bug injuries happen to people from all walks of life and are always a nasty surprise. The first question most people ask is, “How could this happen?”
Now that you have been attacked, you will probably learn plenty about bed bugs, how they operate and what your legal options are. Let’s begin with the “How”:
Reasons for Bed Bug Attacks
Bed bugs hitch rides to new locations.
If you were bitten in a hotel, you probably wonder how the hotel could be so unclean. If you were bitten at home, you are probably wondering how the heck the bugs ever got in your home. The thing to understand is bed bugs migrate. They will move from one location to another in luggage, on clothing and particularly on furniture. Even the nicest hotels can wind up infested, and you can be a very clean homeowner and still have bed bugs hitch a ride into your home.
Someone didn’t do the hard work to fully exterminate them.
Hotels and motels are some of the most likely places to encounter bed bugs. With so many people coming and going, there is always going to be a possibility that bed bugs will come along and set up shop. All reputable lodging establishments should have a system for identifying and eradicating infestations—which means calling in an exterminator and doing the job right. Unfortunately, in an effort to save money some hotels will try to cut corners. They learn of an infestation and fail to address it properly.
How a Bed Bug Lawyer Can Help
Bed bug lawyers are passionate advocates for bed bug injury victims. They know how devastating it can be to suffer an attack, and how impossible it can be to get rid of an infestation in your home. When a hotel or motel doesn’t do the hard work necessary to eliminate an infestation and guests are harmed, it is inexcusable. You may have numerous injuries, require medical care, find bed bugs in your home, etc. – all because an owner or manager didn’t want to spend the money to exterminate the bed bugs.
As an injury victim, you have rights. Your lawyer is there to stand up for those rights. With a strong case and a dedicated lawyer, you can often get a bed bug settlement that will help greatly with your financial needs. You can possibly win money to pay for your medical care, your pain and suffering, the cost of exterminating bed bugs in your home and more.
When Should You Contact a Bed Bug Lawyer?
The time to act is now. The sooner you contact a bed bug lawyer, the sooner you can get advice specific to your circumstances. The lawyer can tell you how to avoid compromising your case by making common mistakes. He or she can also tell you what to do next, like:
- Gather evidence – take photos, talk to other hotel guests, etc.
- Get medical care – a doctor will also document your injuries which can help with your case
- Check your luggage, clothing and home for bed bugs
If you have been bitten by bed bugs, you might have a case. Please contact our team today to learn more about your legal options and to talk with an attorney.