Bed bugs are a serious epidemic across the U.S. as they are known to cause physical injuries such as itching, swelling, bite marks, and even permanent scarring. They can even lead to severe and dangerous allergic reactions. At David R. Heil, PA, we know how consumers are at risk of bed bug bites at places such as apartment complexes and hotels that do not follow safe, industry-standard procedures. Even worse, they fail to disclose the history of bed bug infestations in their property and products.
Rates of bed bug infestations have increased in recent years, which may be attributed to ineffective pest control methods or population density. While the bugs themselves can be difficult to spot, the signs are pretty clear. Many victims display visible signs of bites and rashes on the skin that cause great discomfort. Orlando personal injury attorney David R. Heil, PA, has successfully resolved bed bug lawsuits and/or claims involving rented apartments, hotels and other parties responsible for the infestation.
How to file a bed bug claim
In the state of Florida, property owners are required to provide sanitary conditions to a reasonable standard for the people who stay there. When you visit a hotel or resort, for example, you should expect rooms that have been cleaned or inspected for potential issues such as bed bugs. If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of a bed bug infestation, you may be entitled to reimbursement for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, or any costs associated with buying new or replacement clothing or furniture. A claim can be filed if the property owner:
- Caused the original bed bug infestation to occur by introducing the bed bugs to the residence or environment.
- Knew about the bed bug infestation and did nothing to alleviate the situation, such as ignoring the complaints of previous tenants.
- Did not know about the bed bug infestation; but would have if they had been taking the proper precautions.
Contact our bed bug attorney in Orlando
As soon as you believe you have suffered from a bed bug infestation due to the negligence of another person, it is important to collect enough evidence to file a lawsuit. This may mean taking photographs of bedsheets and other infested areas where visible evidence is present. Dead bed bugs, furniture, skin rashes, and more can be photographed. The evidence you collect may be used to successfully file a suit with a personal injury attorney.
Just like any other lawsuit, there is not a specific amount of time that a bed bug claim will take. You should know that there are many factors that can change the proceedings and settlements, which can ultimately influence the amount of time required. David R. Heil, PA, will work with you to make sure the outcome is in your favor. If you’ve had an unfortunate encounter with bed bugs, we encourage you to contact our skilled personal injury law firm today. We will hold the right party responsible and help get you the recovery that you deserve.