Property owners are responsible for maintaining safe and habitable conditions for their tenants and guests. Therefore, you can potentially take legal action against the responsible party and recover compensation if you have been exposed to bed bugs in a hotel, Airbnb, apartment or other place.
To prove your case, you will need evidence showing the present and extent of the bed bug infestation as well as the damages you suffered. The following are some essential pieces of evidence that could help your bed bug case.
Take clear, detailed photographs of the bed bugs and any signs of infestation. These include rusty-colored blood spots on bedding, the bed bug’s exoskeletons, egg casings and fecal matter. If possible, use a flashlight or a magnifying glass to get vivid pictures that can serve as compelling visual evidence of the infestation.
Copies of medical reports documenting your condition and treatment are equally crucial. They can help establish the nature or origin of your bites, rule out other possibilities and link your health issues to the bed bug bites. It underscores the importance of getting medical attention after a bed bug attack.
Proof of expenses
Preserve receipts and invoices for any expenses related to the bed bug infestation, such as the cost of professional extermination, replacing infested furniture or property, medical bills and other additional charges you incurred. These documents can help put a dollar value on your losses and support your claim for compensation.
If possible, obtain written statements from anyone else who may have been affected by the bed bug infestation. It could be your family members, roommates, neighbors or fellow guests at a hotel or Airbnb. Their accounts can corroborate your experience. Remember to keep records of any communication with the property owner, landlord or management regarding the bed bug issue. It could prove handy in your case.
As with all other premises liability cases, you may encounter certain legal technicalities when pursuing compensation for a bed bug attack. Seeking informed legal guidance can help you navigate the settlement process and build a strong claim, which can go a long way in protecting your interests.