According to PestWorld, one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.
Bed bugs, and the bites that result from them, can be scary and painful. Bed bugs are known to transmit diseases through their bites and should therefore be taken very seriously. When staying in hotels, shared spaces or other rentals, it is important to inspect the space for pests prior to settling in. Dark, enclosed spaces are often hosts for bed bugs, so checking in those types of areas for signs of bed bugs could potentially save you from an infestation.
Here at Barfoot & Schoettker, we care about your well-being and want to ensure that if you become a victim of bud begs, you will receive the appropriate compensation. The infestation of bed bugs on yourself and person property can cause health issues and disturbances in other aspects of your life. Here is what you need to know about suing over bed bugs:
Confirm that they are bed bugs
Before beginning the process of a bed bug lawsuit, it's important to confirm that you are a victim of bed bugs and not an outside insect. Whether you suspect you are dealing with bed bugs in a hotel or rented condo, inspecting the space for signs of bed bugs will help confirm this. Pale yellow skins are an indication of bed bug shedding, red-black stains are signs of bed bug eggs and small black dots can be bed bug fecal matter.
Along with looking for signs of the infestation, confirming that your bites are from bed bugs will help. According to MedicalNewsToday, bed bug bites typically occur in the following areas:
Raised, irritated, red, itchy bumps are common signs of bed bug bites. Taking a trip to a doctor will be able to confirm the insect that you are suffering bites from.
Document your Injuries
When forming a solid case, it is important to have as much evidence as possible to prove what you are suffering from.
Once you have confirmed the presence of bed bugs in the place that you are staying, you should immediately inform the owners via a channel that can be recorded, such as email. Keeping all conversation through a recordable medium will ensure that you can go back and remember what was said. Pictures and videos of bites and any bed bug remains are important to save and keep in a safe place. Along with your documentation of your personal injuries, recording times and dates of when you stayed at the infested property will serve as reliable evidence.
If you visit a doctor, keeping record of the appointment date, time and any associated medical costs will increase your chances of being compensated. If you must take time off of work or school, track the lost time and cost as well.
Bites on your body might not be the only things directly affected by bed bugs. If the place that you were staying was badly infested, there is a chance that your belongings were attacked as well. Clothing and luggage can become hosts for the pests and will need to be thrown out. Recording images of why the items had to be thrown out along with the estimated cost of the damaged items will all be incorporated into your case as well.
Types of Damages
It's important to know the different types of damages that you could be dealing with as a result of bed bugs.
- Noneconomic: These damages would include intangible damages such as pain and suffering, emotional impacts and punitive damages.
- Economic: These damages would include property damages, incurred medical expenses and lost wages that result from the issue.
If you have fallen victim to a bed bug infestation, we want to help. We understand how frustrating and painful bed bugs can be and want to ensure that you receive the proper care and compensation.
Here at Barfoot and Schoettker, we have experience in an array of lawsuit sectors. Our professionals are ready to evaluate your case and determine the best next steps. Contact us today!