When you check into a hotel or rental property, you may not give much thought to the unseen hazards and safety concerns that could impact your well-being. Bed bugs are tiny pests that are often unnoticed, but they have the potential to have a significant impact on you if you have an encounter with them. In addition to the physical discomfort you may feel, it is possible you could also endure mental trauma from the effects of bed bugs as well.
The impact of bed bugs can be significant. It can be financially burdensome to deal with an infestation caused by these bugs in your luggage. You could have painful and embarrassing bites on you, and you could also struggle with the mental effect that an attack from bugs can have. Your struggles are not your fault, and you have legal options available to you.
What can bed bugs do to you?
Bed bugs are small, and while they are visible, they are small enough that a visitor may not notice them right away, or they might dismiss their presence. Left unchecked, these bugs will multiply, and they will congregate in areas where they are most likely to come into contact with human flesh. This is because they feed on blood, and one would be most likely to find them in beds, sheets, mattresses, bedroom furniture and in places where humans may sleep. They can travel in clothing and in luggage, which means you could bring them home with you from vacation after coming into contact with them in your hotel room.
Those affected by bed bugs can bear psychological scars. They may fear that they will never get rid of them, even after going through extermination treatments. They may feel embarrassed, and victims could fear sleeping in hotels and rental properties after this type of experience.
The rights of victims
If you are dealing with the mental and emotional duress that can follow a bed bug attack, you are not alone. You have the right to seek damages from the liable party through a civil claim. This allows you to hold the hotel accountable for your pain and suffering, including your projected long-term mental trauma. The Florida civil justice system provides you with the chance to hold the responsible parties accountable for your experience after coming into contact with bed bugs in a hotel.