Bitten By Bed Bugs? Learn Why You Need to Document Your Claim with Photographs

The Importance of Taking Photos of All Bed Bug Evidence

Being bitten by bed bugs is a painful experience, one that drains you of energy as you seek to find immediate relief. Unfortunately, while searching for a way to alleviate the pain, many victims forget to document evidence of the bed bugs, the initial bites and the progression of the injuries with photographs. In a day and age when most people have a camera-equipped cell phone in their pocket or purse, it’s easy to capture the evidence that the insurance adjusters require so that you can receive fair compensation for your claim.

How to Capture Quality Photos for Your Bed Bug Case

While you’re taking pictures to preserve evidence, not win awards, you do need to take measures to ensure that they are useful to the adjusters or potential jurors and clearly make your case. Bed bugs are tiny and hard to find for the untrained eye, have a short life span and it’s not practical to try to collect and keep them.

When taking pictures, make sure the camera is in focus so that you don’t get blurry pictures. With digital cameras it’s easy to snap multiples of each piece of evidence. If possible, enable the time and date stamp so that it’s clear when each picture was taken. It makes it easy to organize them once they’re printed and used as evidence in your case. Additionally, be sure to take photos of the bites from different angles, and both close up and further away, to show perspective and their location. Close up photos can only show the bite, and it’s impossible to know whether it’s on the upper arm, back or leg of the victim.

Furthermore, continue to take photos on a daily basis to show the progression of your bites.

Photos You Need in A Bed Bug Claim or Lawsuit

Here’s a basic checklist of the pictures that you’ll need to provide:

  • The initial photos of the bites
  • The actual bed bugs
  • Fecal spots from bed bugs
  • Blood spots from bed bugs
  • Progression of the bites

A series of good quality photographs that document as much as you can find are essential to receive compensation for your injuries and damages that you’ve suffered. Failing to take a few minutes to snap these photographs could cause you to lose a significant amount of money for your claim.

2 thoughts on “Bitten By Bed Bugs? Learn Why You Need to Document Your Claim with Photographs”

  1. Good afternoon,

    My name is Annie Salvarrey and my daughter is a student at FSU (masters in public health) during the past 3 weeks she has been bitten by bugs in her apartment which she shares with three other students. She has notified the Forum front office several times and has requested for an exterminator to come out and inspect her apartment. We have been unsuccessful in getting this problem resolved and she is still being bitten by something. She has captured some bugs and the Forum contracted exterminating company McCall has the bugs in their possession now. Tomorrow they are suppose to tell her what the bugs are and it they are bed bugs. These apartments are new and supposedly everything is new also. But he has not had a good night sleep in 3 weeks. We are extremely worried about her health and are not sure what we need to do next. We have asked that her apartment be fumigated, but the front office gives us the run around. They have students who work in front and I cannot get anyone to call me back or to help her in any way. The only person who has been helpful in the fumigating company McCall. He came out yesterday took the captured bugs and placed a sticky pad under the bed to capture anymore. This is the second time he has come out to inspect the first time he was their for less than 10 minutes and told her she had not bugs. Yesterday we had a conference call with him and he was their for about 10 minutes. He told us that he will call Kelly at the Leasing Management Office Greystal ?? and speak with them directly.. Not sure what to do next, but bring her home or look for another apartment. I plan on arriving in Tallahassee on Thursday, September 11, 2014 to get her a new mattress, since they will not replace the one that she has now and hopefully get an answer on what is biting her.

  2. Annie,

    We are sorry to hear about this terrible situation. The property manager or owner of the property has a duty to provide your daughter with a dwelling that is free of dangerous conditions. It appears as though that was not the case. It is imperative that your daughter maintain good records of all communications with the property manager and exterminator. Additionally, she must take photos of her bites, the bugs and any items she discards. Evidence preservation is vital in any case. We look forward to speaking with you shortly.

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