Bed Bug Attorney New York - New York City - Buffalo - Syracuse - Albany
New York City is the tourist capital of the world, featuring some of the most famous attractions and historic sites, as well as hosting a nearly limitless list of activities to complete. Additionally, other locations in New York have become more attractive to tourists and residents, including Buffalo, Albany, and Rochester. No matter what city or what dwelling, the owners and operators have a responsibility to their guests to provide clean, sanitary living quarters for the duration of the visit. If you visit a hotel or motel and find that those in charge have not practiced their duty in keeping a clean environment for the guest, you are entitled to compensation for any damages that occur if you are subjected to bed bugs. When you need a lawyer to sue a hotel for bed bugs, contact us.
Facts about Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are nocturnal, parasitic insects that feast on the blood of humans. They are commonly found in or near beds, usually in the places that are hard to reach and dig into: behind the electrical outlet covers near the baseboard, in the seams of the mattress, or under the box spring, amongst others. They feed at night and have a special type of saliva that helps them drink blood for up to 10 minutes at a time; their saliva numbs the area they've bitten and makes the blood flow much easier without clotting and forming a scab.
Interestingly, bed bugs can live for up to a year without having a meal. They are resilient creatures, but not the most prolific: female bed bugs only lay 2 to 5 eggs per day (hatching after about 1 to 2 weeks), and only a few hundred in their lifetimes. This means that an infestation may not be as severe as something like a cockroach or flea infestation, but that bed bugs can potentially live unknown in places for months at a time.
The Rise in Bed Bugs in NY
New York has seen a rise in bed bug infestations due to more widespread traveling and a lower turnaround rate in hotels. This means that more people are staying in rooms and the staff is less likely to have the time or energy to make sure the quarters are clean enough for the next guess. With how many people visit New York each day, it is necessary that hotels and motels hold their cleaning staff to extremely high standards to prevent any bed bugs from nesting and spreading.
Because of this large quantity of visitors, it leaves the city more likely to have foreign or outside causes for the bed bugs. Bed bugs can latch onto or hide in any number of personal belongings, clothes, sheets, furniture, or bags and be transported to a new location. Regular visitors are not the only trolleys for bed bugs: furniture movers, mailmen, school children, and delivery workers can also be responsible for triggering infestations.
Our law firm's goal is to get you the compensation you deserve for being subjected to bed bugs, but we also want to influence hotels and such to adhere to strict sanitation and cleanup standards so that no guest will ever have to go through the ordeal.
Where Bed Bugs Stay
A common misconception about bed bugs is that they tend to inhabit areas that are dirty, but the truth of the matter is that bed bugs can live in any condition. What generally happens is low quality motels tend to clean less often and rent rooms out to unsavory individuals who may carry bed bugs with them; however, if those same individuals could rent out a room at a 5 star hotel, they would likely infest that hotel as well. Bed bugs have no preference on the environment, provided there is at least one small, dark, warm place for them to nest in.
This also means that apartment complexes can be home to many bed bugs, especially in a place like NY. Not all apartments have long term residents or attentive landlords, but even those that do may have bed bugs. Bed bugs can be found in hotels, motels, casinos, apartment complexes, dormitories, libraries, and furniture stores, amongst other locations. In addition to suing a landlord for bed bugs, you can also file claims against any of these establishments and many more.
Investigating an Infestation
You should investigate for bed bugs no matter where you stay. Look in hard to reach places for brown or black stains on cloth or fabric surfaces and brown or black mounds on hard surfaces - this is blood defecation. There will also be eggs colored off white and skins that have been shed by juvenile bed bugs. Additionally, if the bed sheets have not been washed, there may be blood stains in various places, indicating the presence of bed bugs.
Steps to Take when Faced with an Infestation
If you stay at a hotel or motel in New York, make sure to investigate the room before sleeping in it. If bed bugs still bite you during the night, here is what you should do to make sure you have ample evidence for a personal injury lawsuit against the owners of the hotel:
- Take photos of everything related to the bed bugs. This includes their nests, eggs, skins, and if possible, the creatures themselves. Video works equally as well to document what you discover. It is crucial that you do not report the bed bugs hotel management until after you have gathered photos and videos, because the hotel will usually request that you leave immediately so they can clean the room; they will also likely offer you a free night or weekend stay for your troubles. If you allow the cleaning staff to fix the room up, you will be unable to take photos afterward, and the hotel will be able to deny any responsibility for your troubles. Further, if you accept a free night or similar compensation, the hotel can claim that the affair was sorted out in the moment, and you are not entitled to anything further.
- Get checked out by a doctor. Although bed bugs are not known to transport deadly illnesses, they are still insects that have been exposed to many different types of blood. Your physician will be able to run blood tests and investigate the bites to see if any damage has occurred. In some cases, the bites will swell and blister, eventually becoming infected; this can lead to heavy scarring or, if the infection is not treated quickly enough, subsequent illnesses.
- Search for an attorney who has experience in bed bug cases in New York. Our firm can help you sue a motel for bed bug infestations and any damages that come out of the ordeal.
Possible Compensation Settlements
In the wake of a bed bug infestation, you may suffer through painful bites that are itchy and swollen, have to pay for fumigation and extermination services, and throw out damaged property that cannot be saved from the creatures. All of these factors and many more can be used to sue a landlord or motel for bed bugs, helping you receive the fairest compensation possible.
Our New York bed bug attorneys can help you with your personal injury lawsuit against a hotel, landlord, or related party. We understand the suffering you've gone through and have dealt with bed bug cases for years. We place a heavy emphasis and empathy and justice, and our knowledge of bed bug lawsuits and expertise in the court of law makes us the right choice for you.
Contact our firm today for a free consultation with one of our lawyers. We will discuss your claim and what kind of reparations you are likely to receive, free of charge to you.