Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on human blood. Bed bug infestations are often unapparent because these hungry creatures feed during the night—while their victims sleep. As their name suggests, bed bugs are commonly found in beds, more specifically in mattresses. However, bed bugs can also infest a variety of furnishings, such as couches, sofas, carpets, rugs, dressers, drawers, and many other pieces of furniture commonly found in apartments, hotels, and motels. Even if there is a bed bug infestation, bed bugs could be difficult to identify because they hide in a variety of places.
Were you exposed to bed bugs in a hotel, motel, or apartment? Were you left with a number of bed bug bites? Whether you were exposed to bed bugs during your short stay at a hotel or motel or during your time living at an apartment complex, you might have the right to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for the damages caused by bed bugs.
Would you like to discuss the possibility of filing a claim and receiving compensation with a bed bug lawyer in Vermont? If so, you must contact a Vermont bed bug attorney at Bed Bug Legal Group. Bed Bug Legal Group is a firm dedicated to fighting for the rights of all parties affected by bed bugs—regardless of whether they were affected in an apartment building, a hotel, or a motel.
Our bed bug lawyers have many years of experience handling bed bug claims against hotel/motel owners and landlords. Our attorneys are prepared to help you file a bed bug lawsuit in Vermont against the parties liable for your bed bug injuries. To discuss your claim with a lawyer for bed bugs in Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Rutland, and Essex Junction, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible. If you are looking for the best bed bug lawyer in Vermont, you have found the right law firm.
How Bed Bugs Can Harm You and Your Family
Bed bugs can and will bite you when your sleeping. However, bed bugs could result in additional devastation. You could experience all of the following:
- Bed bug bites
- Allergic reactions
- Skin infections
- Mental and emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Loss of personal possessions
Did you suffer any of the harm listed above? If so, you might have grounds to file a claim against the landlord, hotel owner, or motel owner. For more information about how you could sue your landlord in Vermont for bed bugs or about how you could sue a motel or hotel for bed bugs in Vermont, you must contact our law firm as soon as possible. Our bed bug attorneys in Burlington, South Burlington, Essex Junction, Colchester, and Rutland will provide you with the information that you need to pursue a bed bug claim against the parties liable for the harm that you suffered.
Liability for Bed Bugs in Hotels and Motels
When you book a hotel or motel room, do you think about the possibility that the room could be infested with bed bugs? Bed bugs can be found anywhere where people are constantly coming and going, including hotels, motels, and even Airbnb’s. Consider some of the following hotel and motel chains: Hampton Inn, Extended Stay America, Choice Hotels, Red Lion Hotel, Howard Johnson, MGM, La Quinta Inn, Best Western, Super 8, Motel 6, Marriott Hotel, Holiday Inn, Fairfield Inn, Red Roof Inn, Quality Inn, Days Inn, and Courtyard Marriott. Regardless of whether the hotel or motel is highly rated, bed bugs could be common guests. Could you sue a hotel in Vermont for bed bugs? Yes, you could file a claim for bed bugs in a hotel or motel; however, you could only pursue legal action if you could prove that the hotel/motel owners were aware of the bed bug problem and failed to act to address the infestation and remove the safety risks. For example, if previous guests complained about bed bug bites but hotel management failed to inspect and exterminate the room, the hotel owner could be liable for the bed bug bites you suffered. However, if the infestation was recent and no reports were made, the owner could not have acted to address the infestation; therefore, he or she would not be liable. Because establishing liability for your bed bug claim could be difficult, we recommend that you discuss your claim with one of our attorneys as soon as possible.
Liability for Bed Bugs in Apartments
Establishing liability for bed bugs in apartments can be just as complicated as establishing liability for bed bugs in hotels and motels. Can you sue your landlord for bed bugs? Yes, you can sue your landlord for bed bugs. You should contact a bed bug lawyer for apartment bed bug infestations in Vermont for assistance in establishing and understanding liability as soon as possible. Like in hotels and motels, landlords could be liable for the harm suffered because of bed bug infestations. However, landlords could only face liability if their negligent actions contributed to your bed bug damages. For instance, if the landlord was aware of the infestation but failed to inform you before you moved in or if the landlord ignored your reports of bed bugs and failed to exterminate, the landlord could be at fault for your harm. However, if you started the infestation or if the landlord was unaware of the problem, he or she is likely to not be liable. Fore legal guidance regarding your apartment bed bug infestation lawsuit for apartment buildings in Essex Junction, Burlington, Colchester, South Burlington, and Rutland, contact our law firm today.
Your Right to Sue
Can I file a lawsuit for bed bug bites? Yes, you can file a lawsuit for bed bug bites. In general, you could pursue a bed bug claim as long as the landlord, hotel owner, or motel owner was aware of the bed bug infestation. If your bed bug injuries (and additional harm) was caused by a negligent party’s failure to take action to address the bed bug infestation (or inform you of the infestation), you could file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
However, there are a few things that you could do to ensure that you can file a successful claim:
- Take pictures of the bed bugs. These pictures should clearly demonstrate where the bed bugs are located.
- Take pictures of your bed bug bites. If you developed an allergic reaction, an infection, or scarring, you should also take photographs.
- Seek medical attention for the injuries that you suffered. If necessary, seek help for your mental and emotional distress.
- Collect some of the bed bugs (if possible).
- Contact the local health department in Vermont.
- Report the bed bug infestation to the landlord or hotel/motel owner.
- Evaluate your lost property.
- Keep records of all important dates and documents.
- Seek legal assistance with a bed bug lawyer.
Even if you are uncertain about whether you could pursue a bed bug claim against your landlord or the owner of the hotel/motel, you must follow the steps above. Filing a claim might be the last thing on your mind; however, you must acknowledge the possibility of filing a claim and recovering compensation.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of filing a bed bug claim with a bed bug lawsuit attorney in Vermont for bed bug bites in a hotel or an apartment, you must contact our firm as soon as possible. An attorney for bed bug infestations in Vermont and cities like Rutland, Essex Junction Burlington, South Burlington, and Colchester will provide you with the information that you need to begin or continue your bed bug claim.
Recovering Compensation for Your Bed Bug Claim
If I sue my landlord for bed bugs in Vermont, could I receive compensation? What is the average value of a bed bug lawsuit case? What affects the settlement amount for a bed bug lawsuit claim against your landlord or a hotel? The value of your claim is determined by many different details. The majority of claimants are eligible to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Relocation costs
- Punitive damages
As mentioned above, the type and amount of compensation that you receive depend on the details of your claim. Past bed bug lawsuits have been settled for $225,000, $382,000, $40,000, $90,000, $100,000, and $500,000, for example. Some claims have even been settled for millions. No two bed bug claims are alike; therefore, claim values, settlements, and verdicts, are always different. For more information about the type and amount of compensation that you could receive if you file a claim against a landlord or hotel owner, contact our law firm and request to speak with our attorneys.
The Statute of Limitations
If you are interested in filing a personal injury claim against a landlord, hotel owner, or motel owner after your exposure to bed bugs and your traumatic bites, you must ensure that you file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations. In Vermont, victims of personal injury have three years to pursue their claims. You have three years to pursue your bed bug claim. If you do not file your claim within that time, you will lose your right to file a claim and receive compensation. There could be exceptions to the statute of limitations that affect the time you have to sue; therefore, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Our Expert Bed Bug Lawyers
You must contact Bed Bug Legal Group as soon as possible to discuss your bed bug claim with our knowledgeable attorneys. When you contact our law firm, you could benefit from our free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our bed bug lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns—and to guide you throughout the legal process until your claim reaches a successful outcome. To speak with our Vermont bed bug lawyers, contact our law firm today.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that you never have to pay upfront legal fees. Our firm is also based on contingency—you will not pay until you win. Do not hesitate—our lawyers are ready to help you sue the hotel, motel, or landlord that contributed to the bed bug harm you suffered. Contact our Vermont law firm today.