Bed Bug Attorney Louisiana - New Orleans Bed Bug Bite Lawsuit Information
New Orleans is one of the country's premier tourist and conventions cities. Every year thousands of visitors flock to the city on the Mississippi to partake in conventions, incredible cuisine, and Mardi Gras. Unfortunately many visitors to the city and the state of Louisiana suffer from severe bed bug bites due to the negligent and wrongful conduct of hotel staff, managers and owners. Furthermore, many landlord fail to take good care of their properties, causing their tenants to suffer from bed bug bites. Victims of bed bug bites are entitled to compensation for all damages they have suffered. Our law firm is dedicated to the pursuit of justice on behalf of bed bug bite victims across the state including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Lafayette. Below you will find useful information regarding bed bug claims. If you have any further questions or if you would like to speak with us regarding your bed bug bite incident feel free to contact our offices; all case reviews and consultations are provided 100% free of charge.
What are Bed Bugs - And How to Detect Them
Bed bugs are small brownish oval shaped insects that survive by feeding on the blood of unsuspecting individuals. They are nocturnal insects; as such they hide in their nests until you are fast asleep; then they creep into your bed using your body heat to detect where to bite. Before biting they inoculate victims with an anesthetic substance so that you are not able to feel their bite and sucking of your blood. Once they have engorged on your blood they can expand two to three times their original body size, and will look plump and reddish brown in color.
Steps to Take Following a Bed Bug Infestation
There are several important steps you can follow after a bed bug bite incident in order to protect your legal right to compensation under the law.
- Take detailed pictures of the bites marks. Search for any bed bugs and make sure to take pictures when you find them. Usually bed bugs have a nest or a swarm close to where you are sleeping; this can include the mattress or the floor boards or headboards of your bed.
- Contact the hotel management or security and have them file an incident report. Request a copy of the incident report, take a picture of the report, or ask them to supply you with the report number.
- Ask the hotel staff or security of the hotel for the hotel's insurance information.
- Seek medical attention: Make sure your bed bug bites are documented by a trained medical doctor, registered nurse or hospital.
- Do not bring your clothes or any other items you had in the hotel room to your house. Bed bugs can easily travel in your luggage and colonize your home. Make sure you place all your clothes and other items in a sealed plastic bag outside of your home for safe keeping.
- DO NOT speak with any insurance adjusters or hotel staff regarding your injuries and settlement of your case. Any comments or settlement agreements can be used against you to reduce or eliminate your right to recovery.
- Seek legal assistance from an experienced bed bug attorney so that you can learn more about your legal rights to recovery.
Legal Right to Compensation - Value of Bed Bug Injury Cases
Victims of bed bug bites and apartment building infestations are entitled to financial recovery for all damages suffered. The value of a bed bug injury case is predicated on several significant factors unique to every case. A list of the most important factors in determining the value of a bed bug bite infestation case includes the following:
- The specific number of bites that were suffered, the location of the bites and whether the bites resulted in any secondary injuries including infections, and allergic reactions.
- Medical and healthcare costs associated with the treatment of your bed bug bites.
- Whether the bites resulted in any permanent scarring and disfigurement.
- Your property damage and loss of property, including infested clothing, furniture or other household items.
- Whether punitive damages are available. Punitive damages can be made available when the at fault party acted with either the intent to cause harm or in reckless indifference for the life and health of hotel room guests, purchasers of goods, or tenants.
Statute of Limitations - Personal Injury Lawsuits in Louisiana
A statute of limitations is the time period a victim of personal injury has to file a lawsuit in the court of law against an at fault party. In the state of Louisiana victims of harm due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of others generally have just one year from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit in the court of law. Children, those under the age of 18, have one year from the date of their 18th birthday to file a lawsuit for personal injury in the court of law.
Attorney Representation - Costs of Hiring Our Law Firm to Represent You
Many personal injury victims hesitate to contact an attorney or decide to settle their injury claims on their own because of the perceived high costs of legal representation. As a result our law firm and our associating attorneys provide legal services on behalf of bed bug bite victims on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will never have to pay a single penny out of pocket until their case is successfully resolved. If we do not win you will not owe us for any of our legal work or costs associated with your case.
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If you or a loved one has been bitten by bed bugs in a hotel room, due to a used mattress or furniture, or due to the negligence of property owners and managers of apartment buildings, and you'd like a Louisiana bed bug attorney to fight your case, feel free to contact us. All legal consultations and case reviews are provided by our attorneys 100% free of charge.