BED BUG ATTORNEY IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI
Sitting as the second-largest city in Michigan as well as being widely known as the “Furniture City”, Grand Rapids is a heavily historic and industrial city. Grand Rapids is home to a wide variety of museums, theatres, and other historic buildings that help educate the local and non local visitors of the history of the city. In 2014, Grand Rapids was also named the #1 tourist destination in the U.S. which brought in thousands of tourists for hotels, apartments, and Airbnbs. Bed bugs pose many risks to your home, rental property, or hotel room. Negligent property owners and managers are the cause of many people being placed in bed bug-infested rooms. If you or a loved one suffered bed bug bites in a hotel or apartment while staying away from home in Grand Rapids, contact Whitney, LLP today. Our bed bug lawyers can represent injured bed bug victims against the parties responsible for providing infested rooms and failing to keep them safe. For help with your case and to learn more about injury claims involving bed bug bites, contact Whitney, LLP today at (410) 583-8000. Here is what our clients have to say about us.
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 room that they knew had a bed bug infestation, they could be held liable for the injuries you faced. Other claims often include holding a landlord liable for failing to properly treat a known bed bug infestation or for failing to properly check for bed bugs between guests.
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. However, routine inspection are often not performed due to understaffed hotels or high occupancy.
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. Some people do not react at all. Other people get large red and itchy bumps that may take months to heal. Bites can show up within hours or up to two weeks later. Although bed bugs can live for over a year without feeding, they typically seek blood every five to ten days.
Dealing with 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 component of your claim.
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 GRAND RAPIDS, MI 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 Grand Rapids 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.