Here at Bed Bug Law, a firm that advocates for bed bug bite victims, we get asked quite often, “Who is liable for responsible for Bed Bugs?”. There are many different ways Bed Bugs can invade a home, a hotel room, nursing homes and so on. According to PestWorld.org, pest management professionals responded to a survey indicating that hotels, motels, nursing homes and schools represent the most “popular” areas where bed bugs are found. Each one of these scenarios are unique in nature in terms of where the liability and responsibility lies.
In this blog, we’ll go over some of the places where it can be clearer who is liable.
Bed Bugs Bites in a Hotel or Airbnb
If you are staying a hotel or an Airbnb, woke up and found large red splotches across your body, you may have been bitten by bed bugs. Hotels and Airbnbs are especially tricky, why you may ask? They see a large amount of people coming in and out of hotels which significantly increases the risk of a bed bug infestation. Travelers, unknowingly, bring in bed bugs through their own luggage, clothing and belongings which can be the start of a very bad time for the hotel. In this case, hotels and Airbnb hosts are responsible for providing a safe and clean environment free from bed bugs. To confirm a bed bug infestation in your hotel room, you should follow these steps in our previous blog post to confirm your findings.
Bed Bugs Bites in a Home
Think you found bed bugs in your home? It gets a little tricky in proving liability here as bed bug infestations can start through multiple avenues. Did you rent or purchase used furniture for placement in your home? It’s easy to bring in bed bugs from a home that has an infestation that you did not know about. However, it’s possible you could have brought in bed bugs into your home through some other avenue such as recently travelling. It’s important to isolate what happened before you found bed bugs in your home.
Finding Bed Bugs after Moving In
If you found bed bugs after moving in, it can get a little grey as to where the liability could lie. This is especially the case if you brought your own furniture from your old home to your new home. It’s certainly possible that bed bugs could have been embedded into that furniture you brought over. In this case, it’s important to closely inspect the home before moving, take pictures and look for signs of bed bugs.
Speak to a Lawyer Specialized in Bed Bug Cases
Ultimately, liability and responsibility needs to be determined on a case-by-case basis and it’s important to consult a Lawyer who is specialized in representing victims of bed bugs. Bed Bug Law has been advocating for victims of bed bugs for years and has the expertise to deal with your case. We offer a completely FREE case evaluation and we do not charge any fees or have any costs unless we win your case.
To speak to a Bed Bug Law team member, fill out our “Do I Have a Case?” form or give us a call at 855-533-5552.