Bed bugs pose a health risk in your house, at a rental property, or in a hotel room. Many people each year face bug bites from negligent rental property owners who allow their rooms to be infested with bed bugs, from negligent hotels, and from apartments that fail to properly warn their residents about neighbors with bed bugs.
If you or a loved one suffered bed bug bites in the home or while staying away from home, contact Whitney, LLP today. Our Atlanta bed bug lawyers represent injured bed bug victims and their families in lawsuits against the parties responsible for giving them bed bugs and failing to keep them safe. For help with your case and to learn more about suing for bed bugs, contact Whitney, LLP today at (410) 583-8000.
Suing for Bed Bugs in Your Home in Georgia
Bed bugs cannot simply appear one day without coming from somewhere else. Many people unknowingly get bed bugs in their home in three ways:
- Furniture infested with bed bugs is brought into the building
- Bed bugs are tracked in on people or animals
- Bed bugs travel from adjacent apartment units or rooms
If you brought furniture into your house and did not know that it had a bed bug infestation, the person who sold it to you might be responsible for the incident. It is typically illegal to knowingly sell someone bed-bug-infested furniture without warning them. That means that if you got bed bugs from used furniture purchased online or from a yard sale, you may be able to sue the person who sold it to you.
Tracking bed bugs into your home can happen without your knowledge. If a member of your family or one of your pets brought in bed bugs, you may have no options to sue. However, if they got bed bugs on their person after sleeping somewhere else, the owner of that establishment may be responsible for your bed bug infestation. If you accidentally brought bed bugs back from a hotel or rental property, the owner may be responsible for your bed bug infestation at home if they failed to keep your room clean.
Lastly, bed bugs can travel a long distance each day. Bed bugs seek out their food source – blood – and that might mean moving from one apartment unit to another. If the apartment next to yours spread bed bugs to your unit, the tenant in that unit and/or the apartment owner might be liable. Bed bugs can travel behind walls and floors, potentially coming from an apartment above, below, or next to yours.
Suing for Bed Bug Bites in a Hotel or Apartment
If you stayed at someone else’s home, at a hotel, at a rental property, at an Airbnb, or anywhere else that has overnight accommodations, you could face bed bug injuries if the room was not properly cleaned and sanitized. If someone allows you to stay in a bed that they knew had a bed bug infestation, they could be held liable for the injuries you faced. On top of this, you may be able to hold them liable for failing to properly clean a known bed bug infestation or for failing to properly check for bed bugs.
Many people receive bed bug bites at hotels. These establishments have some of the biggest turn-over for guests, and hotels and motels need to have their staff regularly check for bed bugs to ensure guest safety.
In hospitals and nursing homes, you may have less choice in where you stay and less ability to check your room or clean it yourself. In these places especially, bed bugs are absolutely unacceptable, and you may be able to sue for any bites or damage you suffered from bed bugs.
Damages for Bed Bug Infestations and Bites
If you were bitten by bed bugs, you know how painful and uncomfortable the bites can be. These bites often require medical treatment, especially if they become infected or you have an allergic reaction to the bites. In addition, suffering a bed bug infestation may mean throwing out or treating any damaged or infested items. This could ultimately mean losing clothes, luggage, beds, rugs, drapes, and other furniture or paying high fees for cleaning and treatment. Any of the financial harms you face because of the bed bug infestation could be claimed against the responsible parties.
In addition, you may be entitled to sue for pain and suffering damages. These damages compensate you for the physical pain and discomfort you face as well as the mental and emotional distress of being subjected to a bed bug attack. In many cases, these damages can form the highest-value part of your lawsuit.
You may also be entitled to “punitive” damages in some cases. Also called “exemplary” damages, these damages are ordered against bad actors to punish them for serious cases of negligence that knowingly put others at risk as well as repeated instances of negligent bed bug attacks. Punitive damages can get you additional compensation, but they are rare, so it is important to talk to a lawyer about whether these damages are appropriate in your case.
Our Atlanta Bed Bug Attorneys Can Help
If you or a loved one had their home infested with bed bugs or suffered bed bug bites while staying somewhere away from home, you may be entitled to sue the property owner or another responsible party for compensation. The Atlanta bed bug injury lawyers at Whitney, LLP offer free legal consultations to help you understand your options and learn what your claim might be worth. For help with your case, call Whitney, LLP today to set up a free legal consultation on your case. Our number is (410) 583-8000.