Bed Bug Attorney Minnesota - Minneapolis - Saint Paul - Duluth
Minnesota and its largely popular cities - Minneapolis and St. Paul among them - have recently been on the negative end of a spike in bed bug infestation cases. Reported incidents of bed bugs in hotels, motels, dormitories, and apartment complexes have increased, and people are unsure of what to do to be justly compensated for their ordeals. As a victim of a bed bug infestation, you are entitled to financial reparations for your troubles on behalf of the responsible parties. If you have lost wages, thrown away property, endured medical treatment, and underwent pain and suffering, you have ample evidence to issue a personal injury lawsuit related to bed bugs to the responsible party if they do not agree to a fair settlement. For more information on how to sue a hotel, motel, or landlord for bed bugs, continue reading below.
General Overview of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that live in nests near sleeping quarters. They prefer to be close to their victims, as they feast on their blood at nighttime, numbing the area with anesthetic saliva and delaying any notice of the wound until much later. The insects like to be near their victims because they are not capable of flying or jumping large distances; their only form of movement is to crawl around and across surfaces. Bed bugs feed at night, but not too often; they may only drink blood once every 7 to 10 days, and can live for up to a year without any blood nourishment whatsoever. This fact makes them hardy creatures, and explains why they can be so difficult to identify: a bed bug can leisurely suck your blood every once in a while and not have to do so again for weeks or months, resulting in you questioning where you are sustaining these wounds and what the source could be. The bites themselves take a few days to appear, follow a diagonal pattern, and may swell or blister.
Where Bed Bugs Dwell
Locating bed bugs requires you to be very thorough in your investigating skills. You have to pay careful attention to anything near the bed that can be occupied and used as a nest, such as baseboards, wood molding and paneling, radiators, and even within the seams of the mattress itself. You should hunt for places that are warm and dark. Despite Minneapolis being able to reach very cold temperatures, enclosures are generally warmer than the air outside, and bed bugs like to stay in small, unlit places that have heat - but don't let that fool you. Bed bugs have a very high tolerance for cold as well, being able to survive well into the negative temperatures.
Finding bed bugs is generally easy when you've discerned where they like to make their nests. There can be spots of blood on the sheets, darkly colored stains and piles on the fabrics (defecation; it is a brown or black hue because it is digested blood), white eggs, and skin husks left behind by juveniles.
Causes of Bed Bugs
Bed bug infestations occur when the creatures are transported to a location in some way, be it through a handbag, on a used couch, or in a bundle of blankets from the thrift store. A dwelling, linen, bed, or mattress does not necessarily have to be dirty for there to bed bugs; they do not spontaneously generate in filth or grime. Unwitting transportation is the main reason many establishments become infested.
More often than not, management or those in operation simply do not clean as thoroughly as they should or hold their cleaning staff to very high standards. Failure to adhere to sanitation standards means hotels and apartments stay infested far longer than they should, and guests and tenants seldom pursue any action that would force the establishments to change. It is advised to collect proper evidence of the infestation, document any damages that have occurred, and sue the hotel or motel for compensation from bed bug injuries. If you are having problems with bed bugs, you can contact our bed bug lawyers to sue your landlord, or sue the hotel or motel where the incident occurred.
Apartment and Landlord Information
In Minneapolis and other Minnesota cities, some landlords have become negligent in their cleaning and maintenance duties. You are able to sue a landlord for bed bugs if he did not clean an apartment prior to you moving in or he pre-furnished it with infested furniture and pursue restitution for damages.
There are numerous issues that can come about in the wake of a bed bug infestation:
- Pain and suffering in the form of discomfort from all the bites, which can become blistered or swollen and lead to illness.
- Property damage, in the form of throwing away furniture or needing to get it professionally cleaned.
- Fumigation and Extermination costs, which are measures that need to be taken to eradicate a bed bug infestation.
- Medical treatment coverage, which can span anything from treating bites to covering the bills for mistaken diagnoses (for instance, the bite marks may be mistakenly attributed to fleas or an allergic reaction).
Your landlord has the duty to provide you with a sanitary apartment, and if his negligence to do so leads to any damages, you may be entitled to compensation for the troubles. Of course, some people elect to simply move out (or in the case of hotels, find different lodging) rather than deal with pests. They do not take photos or videos of the affected areas, whether locations of bites or visible nests of bed bugs; in doing so, they lose any possible evidence they may have. Further, the landlord will usually use the defense that the bed bugs could have come from anywhere, even possibly brought in by you by mistake.
If any residual effects happen, they tend not to pursue legal action, as they believe they are not able to issue a claim because they no longer live or stay at that residence. However, the statute of limitations in the state of Minnesota on personal injury claims, and therefore lawsuits related to damages from bed bugs, is 2 years from the date of the grievance. Since problems coming from infestation often manifest much sooner than that, you are usually well within the allotted time frame to pursue restitution and sue your landlord for bed bugs.
How to Choose the Proper Attorney
Often, personal injury claims are argued and negotiated between insurance companies and lawyers. If you choose to not hire an attorney to handle your case, you are at a disadvantage if you are unaware of pertinent laws, statutes, similar cases, and rights in Minneapolis or other Minnesota cities. Additionally, merely hiring an attorney can be a risky move because of the numerous types of cases he presides over; he will likely not be familiar with the nuances present with claims dealing with bed bugs. By requesting the services of a bed bug attorney in Minneapolis, you can be assured that you are getting the best expertise and knowledge possible in the area of infestation claims. Our attorneys have handled infestation claims across the state of Minnesota and have ample familiarity with the law and related cases. Our firm will fight for what you deserve.
Contacting any of our bed bug attorneys gets you a free legal consultation to discuss your case. We are more than happy to hear the details of your ordeal and bring you up to speed on what kind of compensation you could expect to receive by letting us litigate your case. Because we believe our clients should be compensated for any issues that stemmed from a bed bug infestation, we also offer a zero fee guarantee on any case we take on. Our firm does not get paid for its services unless the case is resolved in your favor. We hold a moral that says your health, safety, and compensation is of the highest importance, and we only win when all of it is achieved. If you're in need of a bed bug attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota, or anywhere else in the United States, contact our firm today.