Bed Bugs

The bed bug is a particular type of parasitic insect that survives by exclusively feeding on the blood of warm-blooded mammals, including humans. Bed bugs are known to take up residence in mattresses, bedding, clothing, couches, and other upholstered furniture or items. They nestle into their new homes and lay eggs by the hundreds in fabric seams. Bed bugs usually come out to feed at night, which can make it difficult to immediately detect a bed bug infestation.

Common Damages from Bed Bug Infestations

Bed Bug Injuries

Victims of bed bug infestations often report the following injuries:

  • Bite Welts
  • Skin Rashes
  • Other Allergenic Symptoms
  • Insomnia
  • Psychological Effects

If you have suffered these or any other injuries from bed bugs, a bed bug lawyer can help you determine if a bed bug lawsuit may be right for your case.

Costs of Bed Bug Eradication

In addition to injuries, eradication of bed bugs can be an extensive and costly process. Victims must usually employ a professional pest control service and are often forced to get rid of possibly infested clothing, bedding, or furniture. As you can imagine, replacing such items can be expensive. You also may be displaced from your home and forced to pay for temporary housing during the treatment process.

If you have been the victim of a bed bug infestation, you may be entitled to substantial compensation under the law for any related losses. Contact a bed bug lawyer to discuss your claim and ensure you receive the maximum possible settlement for your injuries and losses.

Where do bed bugs come from?

There are several common things that can lead to a bed bug infestation, including the following:

  • Moving into an already infested apartment or hotel room
  • Bringing bed bugs from an infested area into your home on your clothes, luggage, or other items
  • Bringing a piece of infested furniture into your home
  • Bed bugs traveling from one infested area to another via ductwork or false ceilings (especially in apartments, other multi-family dwellings, or outdoor areas such as swimming pools)
  • Inadequate eradication of a previous bed bug infestation

Potentially Liable Parties for a Bed Bug Lawsuit

Bed bug injuries often occur due to another person’s negligence. In such cases, you deserve to be fully and fairly compensated by the responsible party. For example, under Florida Statute § 83.51, landlords are required to make reasonable provisions for the extermination of bed bugs in a rental property. If a bed bug infestation is discovered and the landlord fails to adequately remedy the situation, he or she may be liable for any injuries or losses you suffered as a result. A landlord may further be liable if he or she failed to properly inspect the premises prior to renting it.

Landlords are not the only ones who may be responsible for bed bug injuries, however. Other common defendants in bed bug cases include apartment complex management companies, hotels, motels, vacation rental companies, furniture rental companies, airlines, movie theaters, and more. For example, you may sit in an infested seat in a movie theater and then take the bed bugs home with you via your clothes.

Start Your Bed Bug Lawsuit Today

Sometimes, discovering the true cause of an infestation of bed bugs in Florida can be complicated, so you should always consult with an experienced bed bug lawyer who knows how to handle bed bug cases to make sure you bring your claim against the correct party.

Additionally, many insurance companies and defendants attempt to minimize how serious a bed bug attack can be and the impact an infestation can have on you. A bed bug lawyer can help stand up for your rights and make sure you receive the maximum possible settlement for your injuries and losses. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation from a Florida bed bug lawyer.

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