Bed Bug Legal Group is a nationally recognized law firm practicing in the field of bed bug lawsuits and bed bug injuries. In recent years, a lot of people have been victimized by bed bug bites and we have made it our mission to bring lawsuits against the responsible parties and to get our clients compensated for their damages.
Who is at fault for my injuries?
Fault for bed bug cases will depend on whether or not the owner of the premise knew that the condition existed and failed to do anything about it. Proving fault requires that we prove the owner or person in charge of the premises had knowledge of the existence of the problem.
Hotel operators’ number one goal is to make a profit. If they don’t rent out a room, then that’s lost profits for them, so in many instances, they try to ignore or hide the bed bug problem, hoping that the tenants will not notice or care. Sometimes, they will even instruct their cleaning staff to not mention or make the tentants aware of the issue of bed bugs on the property. This means that the room will continue to be rented out to multiple people, endangering each and every one of them.
Similarly, some apartment owners will fail to take appropriate steps to remedy the bed bug problems on their properties. Some landlords have been known to blame the tenants for the problems, causing the victims of bed bugs more humiliation.
In certain cases it can be difficult to assess who is at fault. Often times this will require to investigation on behalf of your attorney to determine liability and whether they are at fault for the injuries.
What Is My Case Worth?
- Evaluating case value without knowing all the facts can be difficult. However, we have seen bed bug cases settle in the low five-figure range to the mid six-figure range. A lot of the value will depend on a few factors. Here are some elements we use to consider the value of your bed bug case.
- Knowledge of the landlord or property owner. Did they know of the condition on the property? Were they aware of the condition? If yes for how long? In cases relating to hotel rooms, they can be liable when they continuously rent a room, which has known infestations.
- Degree of injury. In some cases injuries can be bite marks, which heal in a relatively short period of time. In other cases you have a serious allergic reaction that can occur resulting in long term health issues.
If you have a darker complexion it can result in more visible scars across your body. These are all factors which are considered in regards to your case. Generally as a rule of thumb the greater the injury the greater the value.
- It is also important to mention that not all cases involve bodily injuries. What this means is that you are dealing with psychological or emotional injuries. Emotional or psychological injuries are in fact serious and can take months if not years to heal. In some cases the emotional toll of being bit stays with plaintiffs for many years and in some cases a lifetime.
Who Is Responsible for My Medical Bills?
In the event that medical bills are actually incurred, they are your responsibility to pay back. However, the party responsible will be reimburse you for your injuries and costs including medical bills. If you are not able to pay the bills back, make sure you let your attorney know that you have outstanding medical bills. They can speak with the treating facility and have them defer or hold off on collection until the case settles. However, this is a case by case approach as each facility is different.
How Long Will It Take to Settle My Case?
One of the most common questions asked is how long will it take to settle my case? This is a great question, and the answer is almost always the same, it depends on the client. It is the clients choice with regards to when they want the case to settle. If the case settles pre-litigation or before the lawsuit is filed then it will not have the same value.
Should you decide to maximize the value of the case, it is advisable to allow the case to go through litigation. This is a determination you will need to make with your attorney and should be discussed early on.
If you are interested in pursuing a case for injuries caused by bed bugs contact our offices for a free consultation. Our Los Angeles bed bug lawyers exclusively work on bed bug cases, it is 100% of our practice and we are highly focused on this area of the law. This gives us the opportunity to only focus on one body of law that will help maximize your case value.