Bed bugs thrive wherever they have a constant food source. Unfortunately, hospitals are places where bed bugs can easily become infestations. Hospital patients could, unknowingly, be a steady source of food for bed bugs. Depending on their condition, they might not even be aware of their bed bug bites.
Did you or a member of your family suffer bed bug bites in a hospital? If so, the bed bug bites might be directly associated with the negligent exposure to an infestation in a hospital. Based on the details surrounding the specific situation and the resulting harm, affected parties and their families might have grounds to sue. If you are interested in learning more about your right to sue after you or a member of your family suffered bed bug bites at a hospital, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately.
Bed Bug Legal Group is a law firm with many years of experience handling different types of bed bug claims. Our bed bug lawyers are ready to evaluate your bed bug claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to sue. If you are interested in learning more about your right to sue for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered due to a hospital bed bug infestation, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately. Our bed bug lawyers are ready to guide you every step of the way.
About Bed Bugs
Beds bugs are tiny creatures that feed on human blood; they are nocturnal, so they come out to eat while their unsuspecting victims are fast asleep. Bed bugs can survive very rough conditions and can go months without eating. In many cases, bed bugs can even survive extermination efforts. Bed bugs, as obvious by their names, typically hide in beds – including mattresses, bed frames, and bedding, for instance. However, bed bugs can hide in a number of other places, including clothing, sheets, curtains, couches, and sofas, for instance – they can even hide in the most unremarkable of crevices (like between/under floorboards or walls). When bed bugs bite, they leave red, itchy marks over the bodies of their victims.
Bed Bugs in Hospitals
Bed bugs can be introduced to hospitals through patients and even staff (typically when the bed bugs are on their clothes). Bed bugs prefer to hide in mattresses, so hospital beds provide a convenient hide-out. They come out to feed on sleeping patients during the night and go right back to hiding. Since hotel beds are normally filled, bed bugs have a constant source of foods. In hospitals, sheets are frequently changed; however, changing sheets can actually result in infestations growing – staff can unknowingly spread the bed bug infestation because the bed bugs can get on their clothes during a sheet change and they can introduce them to new rooms. Although hospitals are generally very sanitary, it is quite simple for a bed bug infestation to thrive at a hospital.
The Harm Resulting from Exposure to Bed Bugs at a Hospital
If you or a member of your family were exposed to bed bugs at a hospital, the following could occur:
- Bed bug bites
- Allergic reactions
- Skin infections
- Mental and emotional distress
If you unknowingly carry bed bugs into your home, leading to a home infestation, you could also be left with significant property damage as well as significant expenses (including costs of extermination and costs of replacing damaged property). Regardless of the harm or damages resulting from the exposure to the bed bug infestation, you might have grounds to take legal action against the hospital.
Can You Sue?
Do you have the right to sue for the harm and/or damages resulting from exposure to a bed bug infestation at a hospital? Depending on the details surrounding the incident, you could sue. This is because hospitals owe their patients a duty of care. They must ensure that their hospitals are safe for their patients. Bed bug infestations represent a significant health risk; therefore, the failure to keep their premises free of bed bug infestation can make hospitals liable for any resulting harm. In other words, you could sue for your bed bug harm based on the failure to keep the hospital free from any infestations. If you are interested in learning more about your right to sue after being exposed to a bed bug infestation at a hospital, contact our experts today.
You Can Recover Compensation
If your hospital bed bug claim is successful, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered. What could you recover? Based on the details surrounding your bed bug claim against the hospital, you could be eligible to recover some of the compensation listed below:
- Medical expenses (for bed bug bites and related harm)
- Lost earnings (if you are unable to work related to the exposure to the bed bugs)
- Pain and suffering (for mental and emotional distress, such as PTSD, fear, anxiety, etc., associated with the exposure to the bed bug infestation at the hotel)
- Property damage (if you had to get rid of any property due to exposure to the infestation)
- Reimbursement for extermination costs (if the infestation follows you home)
- Legal expenses
- Punitive damages
Could you really be eligible to recover compensation? To learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to recover if your hospital bed bug claim is successful, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm today. Our lawyers are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim. Do not hesitate to contact our experts today.
What Should You Do?
If you or a member of your family suffered hospital bed bug infestation bites, you could sue; however, there are a number of things that you should do to prepare to file a claim against the hospital. Consider some of the following recommendations:
- Take photos of the bed bug bites
- Take photos of the bed bug infestation
- If possible, collect a small sample of the bed bugs
- Seek medical care for the bed bug bites
- Report the incident to the health department
- Collect all relevant documents (this could include medical records, records of property damage, records of extermination, etc.)
- Seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible
File Your Claim within the Statute of Limitations
Without a doubt, if you suffered bites at a hospital, you might have a hospital bed bug infestation case. However, if you fail to file your claim on time, you could lose your right to sue for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered. This is because all claims, even bed bug claims, are subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. If claimants miss the deadline, they could lose their right to sue. How long do you have to pursue your claim? The answer to this question will depend on the state that you are filing in. For instance, personal injury claims (which include bed bug claims) are subject to a two-year statute of limitations in California. Similarly, other states also subject injury claims to a two-year deadline while other states have shorter or longer deadlines. To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the total length of time that you have to file your hospital bed bug injury claim, contact the experts at our firm today.
Contact Bed Bug Legal Group Immediately
Are you in need of a hospital bed bug infestation lawsuit attorney for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered? If so, you can trust the bed bug lawyers at our firm to provide you with the guidance that you need to sue the hospital. How can we help? Bed Bug Legal Group is a law firm with many years of experience representing victims affected by bed bug infestations in different situations. Our bed bug experts are ready to evaluate your claim and help you sue the hospital. If you are ready to discuss your claim with the experts at our firm, contact us today.
When you contact our firm, you will find that we offer a variety of free legal services. Our free legal services include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our hospital bed bug infestation lawyers will answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim against the hospital. Are you interested in benefiting from our free legal services? If so, do not hesitate to contact us today.
At our firm, we offer our clients a Zero-Fee guarantee; this means that our clients will not be required to pay any upfront legal fees to simply speak with our experts. Additionally, our firm is based on contingency, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay anything until after reaching a successful claim outcome. What does this mean? If you do not win, you will not be required to pay anything for our legal services.
If you are ready to discuss your hospital bed bug claim with the experts at our firm, contact us today.