Orange County Bed Bug Lawyer
When you book a trip to a far away land for a relaxing vacation, you expect to be put up in a nice hotel with soft, clean sheets on the bed, velvet bathrobes in the bathroom, and a large television on the dresser. The ideal vacation spot is one that leaves you feeling pampered and royal, complete with housekeeping and nothing to disturb you. That dream can easily be shattered, however, if hotel staff and management keep rooms less than savory and do not perform any upkeep in between guests. Those places that have a penchant for not cleaning their rooms with the utmost attention and care can feature huge problems for their guests in the form of bed bugs. Bed bugs can be left behind in various hotel rooms and infest the entire building if the problem gets out of control, but some hotel managers cannot justify closing down for a period of time so the problem can be solved. We at Bed Bug Legal Group want you to be safe no matter where you stay in Orange County. If you have been victimized by bed bugs while at a hotel in Orange County, call our law firm today to speak to a bed bug attorney Orange County. Some will ask if they can sue the hotel or sue the motel for bedbugs, and the answer is yes, you can sue the hotel or motel. There are many questions we expect you to ask, including:
- Can you sue for bed bugs?
- Can I sue my landlord for bed bugs?
- Can you sue a hotel for bed bugs?
- How do I file an Orange County bed bug lawsuit
Bed Bug Information
Bed bugs are tiny insects that feast on blood. They are only about 1.5 to 5mm long (numerous bed bugs can fit on top of a dime, for example) and have flat, reddish-brown bodies. They tend to crawl from place to place, coming out at night time to feast on their prey before retreating to their nests. They are not to be confused with fleas, which can only reach about 3mm in size. Fleas are more oval-shaped and thicker; what's more is they can leap a few hundred times their body sizes. Fleas like to hide near the areas that animals rest if they are not on the animals themselves. This preferred location is different from the nesting habits of bed bugs, which like to live in damp, dark places, such as behind baseboards, under mattresses, behind picture frames, on the other side of outlet covers, and under furniture.
Both fleas and bed bugs bite, but bed bugs primarily feast on blood. The pests have an anesthetic substance in their saliva that allows them to bite their victims without alerting them; they can then drink as much blood as they want due to the anticoagulating substance also present in their saliva. They feast until they become engorged and must crawl back to their nests. However, despite this, they are able to survive for many months without a single meal, making them very hardy insects.
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Locating Bed Bugs
As stated above, bed bugs like dark, damp places. In a hotel, there are many spots that can potentially house bed bugs, such as under the mattress of the bed, behind the headboard, under the box spring, beneath the sofa or chairs or under their cushions, behind the picture frames on the walls, inside the outlets near electronics, and others. For this reason, it is crucial that you conduct a very thorough search upon arriving at your hotel.
If you do not find any bed bugs themselves, you should still be on the lookout for other signs. These eggs are very small and cream colored; they are usually located in bunches near the nests. You can also look for their left behind droppings and feces; these mounds are brown or black and are left on sheets or near potential nests. They may also appear as stains in the sheets or blankets. Lastly, it pays to recognize molted skins left behind by juvenile bed bugs that have reached maturity. Seeing the exoskeleton of a bed bug does not mean the bed bugs have been eradicated; rather, it indicates that they are actually reproducing and likely flourishing in the hotel room, living off a steady diet of visitors.
If you cannot find any bed bugs upon your initial search, make sure you inspect the area upon waking up. Bed bugs leave spots of blood on the sheets after a night's meal. It may be difficult to locate any spots of blood, however, and you may only know that you were the victim of bed bug bites once their wounds show up on your skin. These wounds appear after a few hours or days, and usually make a zig-zag pattern; the side effects, which include itchiness and inflammation, are not readily apparent.
One of our Orange County bed bug lawyers can help you if you stayed at a hotel that was infested by bed bugs.
Taking Action after Being Harmed by Bed Bugs
If you wake up in the morning after staying at a hotel in Orange County and realize you have been attacked by bed bugs, there are some actions you should immediately take.
Firstly, do not alert hotel management or staff to the problem. This is important, as they can usher you out of the room and attempt to clean it; if you are aiming to file a lawsuit, you will not have any evidence to back up your claim. They will be able to say that the room was clean and you must have been hurt elsewhere.
Next, take as many photos and videos as you can. You need to amply document your evidence that bed bugs were present or that you were bitten by them. You can take pictures of the bed bugs themselves, the sheets, the nests, and the injuries you sustained.
Make sure to throw away anything you believe has been infested by the creatures. You may have to get rid of all of your luggage, or at the very least, have an exterminator take care of it by fumigating it at a location. This is to ensure that you do not bring the pests back home with you, causing even further damage.
After you have documented your evidence, alert the hotel staff to the problem and file an incident claim with the management. Additionally, do not enter into any agreement with the management – they may apologize profusely for the incident and offer you special compensation, as in a free night's stay or an extended period of reduced rates. If you take them up on this offer and then try to file a lawsuit, the hotel can bring up that you were already compensated, and your claim can be dismissed.
If you need a lawyer to sue a hotel for bed bugs, contact us at Bed Bug Legal Group today.
What You Can Earn
In filing a personal injury claim against the responsible hotel, you can earn different types of compensation for your damages. With the help of a lawyer to sue the establishment, you can receive coverage for:
- Medical Bills: Bed bug bites can become infected if you scratch at them. Although bed bugs are not known to carry transmittable diseases, they can still transfer blood between humans; there is a small chance you may become infected with a sickness or disease from another person if the same common bed bug bit both of you. You can be compensated for surgery costs, hospitalization, medication, and more, from both the past and for the future.
- Lost Wages: If you were required to miss work due to your injuries from bed bugs, or if you needed to relocate due to carrying an infestation home, you can be reimbursed for that lost income. These wages can be recovered from both the past and future.
- Property Damage: There is a chance that your property may need to be thrown out or cleaned after bed bugs have damaged it. You can be reimbursed for these costs.
- Pain and Suffering: A bed bug incident has the potential to greatly alter your emotional state, as it is a very damaging ordeal. Pain and suffering damages include fear, anxiety, emotional damage, psychological problems, PTSD, and more.
The Best Legal Group for You
Bed Bug Legal Group serves all of Orange County and its major cities. You may need to rent rooms at hotels across the county or even take up temporary homes. We can help you recover damages from bed bug infestations in Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Buena Park, Tustin, Laguna Niguel, and La Habra, amongst other places. Our experienced attorneys have presided over bed bug claims for many years, and we will do everything we can to bring you a fair settlement from the hotel.
Our law firm can sue your landlord if you are harmed by bed bugs while at a hostel or Airbnb as well.
Call us today to receive a free legal consultation on your case, and an expert attorney will give you all the information you require to move forward. We offer you a zero fee guarantee on your case, which promises that you will owe us no out of pocket expenses for our legal services. We are only paid if we win your case, and that payment comes from the settlement itself; if we lose, you owe us nothing. If you need a lawyer to sue your landlord or a hotel, contact Bed Bug Legal Group today.