Bed Bug Attorneys in Louisiana
As a tenant of an apartment building or a guest at a hotel, you have every right to be treated to a safe and healthy environment for the duration of your stay. It is the responsibility of the property owner to provide a harmless location for you and to ensure the area is free of hazards. Normally, people think of hazards as faulty stairs or unsafe light fixtures, but those are not the only kinds of hazards present – there may also be pests around, such as fleas or bed bugs. Bed bugs are a nuisance and a health hazard, and although they do not cause extreme injuries, they can still turn your life upside down. There are bed bug laws in Louisiana that help both tenants and landlords, as well as hotel guests and hotel owners, deal with the creatures. Our attorneys at the Bed Bug Legal Group are here to assist you throughout any legal action you decide to take, and we are more than able to provide you with the most pertinent information about the laws regarding bed bugs. Clients often have questions about these laws; examples include:
- What are apartment building bed bug laws in Louisiana?
- What are residential housing bed bug laws in Louisiana?
- What are hotel bed bug laws in Louisiana?
Laws for Tenants and Landlords
Before you move in to an apartment, the landlord must have inspected the premises and made sure it is safe. This includes searching for any pests that may have infested the area. He must be doubly sure if there were a history of bed bugs prior to you moving in. This is important information, as a previous report of bed bugs may come in handy if your apartment becomes infested later on.
If you signed a lease that had an addendum in it that said you were to be responsible for any bed bugs that infested your apartment after the fact because the landlord inspected the premises and found nothing amiss, you might not be able to pursue legal action. Anything that the landlord was aware of, however, must be fixed within a proper timeframe; if he delays treating the house and removing the bed bugs, he could face fines as well as be vulnerable to a lawsuit. Before you take any steps and try to sue your landlord, however, you should consult with an experienced attorney to learn more about hotel bed bug laws or the more overt Louisiana bed bug infestation laws.
Those who stay in a hotel have a similar course of action. Hotels are required to provide safe and healthy rooms for their guests, and a breach of this can result in a lawsuit and a health code violation, which may in turn cause the hotel to be temporarily or permanently shut down.
Filing a Lawsuit for Bed Bugs
Before you take legal action, you should make sure you have ample proof of the infestation. If you do not have evidence, you will likely not be able to collect any compensation. More important than the evidence, however, is the cause of the bed bugs. Landlords will claim that they are not responsible for any expenses if you brought bed bugs into the home after you moved in, and hotels will do the same.
Still, any evidence is better than none. You should make sure to take photographs of the affected areas that have bed bugs – they may be present in the folds of the mattress, under cushions on furniture, behind baseboards and molding, behind electrical outlets and picture frames, underneath bed frames and chairs, and in any other place that is dark, damp, and near where victims can sleep. Be on the lookout for molted skins, fecal droppings, stains, eggs, and the creatures themselves. You should also take pictures of any bites you sustained; this can be tricky, though, because not all bites show up immediately – some may even take up to two weeks before appearing on your body.
Keep your receipts and signed agreements handy so that there can be no dispute over what the discussed terms were regarding bed bugs. Also, do not trust a hotel manager to act in your best interests immediately. You should compile all of your evidence before you alert the staff to the issue, or else the manager may usher you out of the room and clean it while offering you a voucher or a refund. If you allow the room to be cleaned, you will have no proof that there were bed bugs, and if you take the offer, you will generally not fare well when seeking compensation, as the hotel's lawyer could say that you accepted restitution already in the form of a refund.
In essence, there are four points of negligence that must be proven in order for you to file a lawsuit against a landlord or a hotel for a bed bug infestation. These points are as follows:
- You were owed a duty of care. By providing living quarters to you, the responsible party has a duty to protect your health and prevent you from suffering any harm.
- The duty was breached. A space that is infested with bed bugs is not healthy and you were thus not properly taken care of while using it.
- The breach led to an accident or incident. A bed bug infestation can spread to other areas of your life, forcing you to get your car or other dwellings cleaned; you may even bring the creatures to your friends' or relatives' homes or to your job.
- The accident resulted in physical harm. Bed bug bites can cause infections and other health issues in their worst cases, and you can pursue compensation for these and other damages.
With the help of an attorney, you can successfully file a bed bug infestation lawsuit against your landlord or a hotel.
What You May Earn
Because of the different types of turmoil that can arise from a bed bug infestation, you will likely want matching compensation for your damages. When a landlord breaks bed bug laws in residential housing in LA, you can seek out compensation. You may earn:
- Medical coverage for any hospital procedures you received. Any future treatments that are needed because of your bites can also be covered.
- Lost wages from the days you missed work because of the infestation and subsequent cleaning. You can be reimbursed for both past and future earnings
- Property damage for your belongings that were broken or damaged and needed to be thrown out. The responsible party can replace these items.
- Pain and suffering for emotional damages you suffered because of the infestation. These psychological problems, including fear, anxiety, and PTSD, may not go away easily and should be fairly compensated.
Reach out to one of our experienced lawyers for more help suing your landlord or a hotel for a bed bug infestation.
How We Help You
At the Bed Bug Legal Group, we work to bring you a fair settlement for your damages. Landlords and hotel managers who do not adequately inspect apartments and rooms and allow bed bugs to thrive should be held accountable for the ensuing damages. This is a grievous offense against the health code in Louisiana and we will make sure that the responsible parties pay up. Our lawyers will aggressively work for your rights and will not stop until you are satisfied with the proposed compensation.
Call us today for a free legal consultation with an accomplished lawyer. Your consultation is completely confidential, and you can ask anything you want about bed bug bite laws in Louisiana and your lawsuit. We will give you relevant information so you can make a knowledgeable decision about what to do next. If you select us to represent you, you also receive a zero fee guarantee on your claim, meaning you will pay no out of pocket expenses for your services. We only get paid if we win, and the money comes from the settlement we earn; if we lose, you owe us nothing at all.
Get in touch with an attorney at the Bed Bug Legal Group today to discuss your infestation lawsuit. We serve all areas of Louisiana, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Lafayette.