Fort Lauderdale Bed Bug Injury Lawyer
Bed bugs are unacceptable in public accommodations. If you stayed at a hotel or motel and were bitten by bed bugs, you may be entitled to a lawsuit for the harm you suffered. Aside from public accommodations, if you were affected by bedbugs from new or used furniture that you purchased, you might also be entitled to file a lawsuit.
For help filing a bed bug injury lawsuit, talk to Fort Lauderdale bed bug injury lawyer Prosper Shaked today. The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked offer free consultations on bed bug injury cases to help you understand your claim and how much you may be entitled to. To schedule your free consultation, contact our law offices online or call today at (305) 690-0244.
The Consequences of Bed Bug Bites
If you slept in a bed infested by bed bugs, you may have suffered bites and scratches, which can be terribly uncomfortable. While these bites do not commonly spread infection, you can still suffer serious harms from interacting with bed bugs.
After sleeping in a bed-bug-ridden bed, you may suffer from small bites all over your body. Bed bugs bite very similarly to fleas and ticks and extract small amounts of blood during the bite. Bed bug bites can be very itchy and can easily get infected. Bed bug bites often appear all over your body, not just in a few isolated areas, and can leave you with marks that can continue to itch for days after the incident.
While bed bug bites are not usually too dangerous, they can get infected or cause an allergic reaction. Bed bugs do not typically carry diseases, as is the risk with fleas and ticks. Instead, the main concern is that you seek treatment for the bed bug bites so that they do not itch, open during scratching, and get infected. Though rare, you can also suffer allergic reactions to bed bugs, which can exacerbate the case.
Aside from the physical harms, there are mental harms of bed bug attacks. This kind of problem is triggering for many individuals, and they could suffer serious mental anguish from being the victim of a bed bug infestation. These kinds of harms may require counseling, but you may be entitled to damages for the mental and emotional distress with or without counseling.
Lastly, bed bug infestations often mean serious financial harm. If you were affected by bed bugs while you were staying overnight at a hotel or motel, traveling on a cruise ship, or during your time in a college dorm, the property damage may be limited to what was in the room with you. However, this could still mean you need to throw out things like luggage, clothing, pajamas, and other fabric items you brought to the room. If the infestation came back to your home in any affected luggage or clothes, you might have suffered widespread damage at home, as well. Especially if you suffered from bed bugs in a used mattress or another piece of furniture, you may have to dispose of things like mattresses, couches, rugs, and other furnishings that could have been affected. The cost of replacing these items can be very high.
Whom Can You Sue for Bed Bugs?
Whoever is responsible for your bed bug problems may be the target of a lawsuit. This kind of lawsuit would be a personal injury lawsuit rather than a lawsuit solely for the damage to your property, since you may be entitled to damages for the bites, any medical care you sought, and the pain and suffering. These damages come in addition to any property damage you suffered. Who is at fault usually depends on how the infestation began.
If you were harmed while staying somewhere overnight, you may be able to sue that establishment for their bed bug infestation. While bed bugs may not be the result of the premises being dirty or unkempt, anyone who rents beds and rooms to overnight guests has a duty to investigate any reports of bed bugs and prevent future harm.
If a hotel, motel, etc. continues to rent a room that they knew was infested with bed bugs, they may be at fault for your harm. Courts and juries may hold these individuals accountable and order them to pay damages for the harms you suffered. Even if the establishment did do something as blatantly negligent as letting you sleep on a mattress they knew was affected, the establishment could be responsible for negligently cleaning or replacing affected items.
The harms you suffered may entitle you to damages. This includes damages for the pain and suffering, the mental anguish, the medical expenses, any lost wages if your infestation kept you from work, and the cost of replacing any damaged items.
Similarly, if you purchased furniture, rugs, or other items affected by bed bugs, the person who sold you the goods might be at-fault. You could be entitled to sue them for the same kinds of damages as a hotel, motel, etc.
Fort Lauderdale Bed Bug Lawyer Offering Free Consultations
If you or a loved one suffered from a bed bug infestation in your hotel, in your dorm room, on a cruise, or anywhere else, contact the Fort Lauderdale bed bug injury attorney at The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today. Especially if this infestation was in your home, you may suffer substantial damages, including injuries and property damage. To schedule a free consultation on your case, contact us online or call us at (305) 690-0244.