Tampa Bay Bed Bug Injury Lawyer
Dealing with a bed bug infestation can be incredibly stressful and physically painful. If you have a bedbug infestation in your home, you may lose thousands of dollars worth of furniture and clothes. If you came into contact with bed bugs at a hotel or resort, you could face serious discomfort and still face damages for clothing and suitcases that needed to be replaced.
If you came into contact with bed bugs in your home or while on vacation, talk to an attorney today. Tampa Bay bed bug injury lawyer Prosper Shaked represents the victims of bed bug infestations and helps them fight the responsible parties in litigation to get them compensation for the harms they suffered. For help with your case, contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today at (305) 690-0244 to schedule a free legal consultation.
Who is Responsible for Bed Bug Bites in Florida?
The owner of any overnight establishment runs the risk of having their beds or other furniture contaminated with bed bugs. Bed bugs usually have nothing to do with the cleanliness of the property or the person; bed bugs simply thrive in fabric like beds and carpets. Simple cleaning may not be able to remove bed bugs, and establishments that fail to use proper cleaning techniques or replace infested mattresses and furniture run the risk of harming their guests.
Anywhere that has beds, sleeping customers, or overnight guests can be responsible for bed bug infestations on their premises. This means that hotels, motels, resorts, and hostels where people commonly stay overnight could be liable if a guest suffers from bed bug bites. Moreover, cruise ships and other travel accommodations can also be subject to liability for bed bugs.
This liability also extends to other overnight establishments, like bed and breakfasts. The more modern accommodations of Airbnb and other peer-to-peer rental services can also be subject to bed bug lawsuits. Campsites, RV rentals, short term apartments, and other rentals can also be liable. Even college dorms can be held responsible for bed bugs in their mattresses.
Other locations, such as caregiving institutions, can also suffer bed bug issues. Hospitals, nursing homes, daycares, and other care facilities could see their patients and charges subject to bed bug bites, and they should be held liable for these harms.
People who sell used furniture – or new furniture – can also be held liable for selling infested furniture. If they knew about the contamination when they sold the mattress, couch, or other furniture, they can be held liable for this serious negligence.
Can You Sue for Bed Bug Injuries in Florida?
Anyone who sells a mattress or rents out beds for the night is expected to ensure that the bed is free of bed bugs. This is a basic expectation that all hotels, motels, etc. are expected to follow. Failing to keep guests safe and renting them a bed that was improperly cleaned or maintained, or by giving them a room they know to be infested, can lead to liability for any damages the victim suffered.
When you sleep on a bed with bed bugs, the bugs can leave you with thousands of bites. These bites do not usually transfer diseases like flea or tick bites can, but they can be incredibly itchy and uncomfortable. The mental harms of being the victim of bug bites can be intense, as can the physical harm. Especially if the bites become infected or you open the skin from scratching, you could face scarring and severe pain. This can lead to damages for the pain and suffering you face, which you can claim as part of a lawsuit.
Medical expenses for identifying, testing, and treating bug bites can also be covered in a lawsuit. While you may not need hospitalization or ongoing care for most bed bug bites, you may need to spend money having a doctor diagnose you, prescribe topical or oral medication, and for testing to confirm the presence of bed bugs. These damages can be covered in a lawsuit.
Lastly, the itchiness and contamination may keep you from going back to work. If you need to miss work to clean your home, stay home because the itching makes it impossible to work, or avoid work because you cannot risk spreading the infestation to your workplace, you may lose wages. The wages you lose because of the bed bugs can be compensated in a lawsuit.
You can also claim damages for any property you lost because of the infestation. Suitcases and clothes brought to a contaminated hotel might need to be thrown out and replaced. If the infestation entered your home, you could spend thousands replacing carpets, beds, clothes, and furniture.
Lastly, you may be entitled to compensation for punitive damages. If the at-fault party knew of the bed bugs or had repeated problems with bed bugs, the court may make them pay you additional damages as a way of punishing them for the harm.
Talk to a lawyer about what your case is worth.
Our Tampa Bay Bed Bug Injury Lawyer May Be Able to Help
If you or a loved one was the victim of bed bug injuries, call Tampa Bay bed bug injury lawyer Prosper Shaked today. The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked may be able to take your bed bug infestation case and file a lawsuit to recover compensation. To schedule a free legal consultation, call us today at (305) 690-0244.