Were you the victim of a bed bug infestation after you purchased a mattress? Did you experience bites, allergic reactions, or infections after bringing the mattress home and sleeping on it? If so, you might be able to file a lawsuit against the store that sold you the infested mattress. Before you sue the store that sold you a mattress infested with bed bugs, you might want to focus on treating your injuries and ridding your home of the bed bugs. The process of exterminating your home might be time-consuming. In some cases, victims are forced to deal with infestation and extermination for many months before being able to return to their normal lives. Since victims have to act immediately to avoid further bed bug damage, filing a lawsuit might not be prioritized. If you were the victim of a bed bug infestation due to a mattress you recently purchased, you must act immediately. Although treating your injuries and your home is important, you should not neglect taking legal action. Unfortunately, there is a deadline to sue that applies to your claim. If you do not file your lawsuit within the deadline to sue, you might lose your right to file a lawsuit and receive the compensation you are entitled to receive.
If you are interested in filing a lawsuit, you must seek immediate legal assistance. Even if you are not interested in filing your claim right away, speaking to an attorney can clarify some of your questions and help you understand the statute of limitations that applies to your case. You must immediately contact a law firm with experience handling bed bug infested mattress claims. The attorneys at Bed Bug Legal Group can help you fight for your rights. Our attorneys will answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns—including everything related to the statute of limitation that applies to your claim.
Below, you will find a series of information designed to help you get a general understanding of the statute of limitation that applies to your case. Although the following sections should be informative, you should not use the details provided in place of a consultation with an experienced attorney. A bed bug attorney at Bed Bug Legal Group will be able to evaluate your claim and give you information about your case that you will not find in the following sections. You must contact Bed Bug Legal Group as soon as possible.
What is a Statute of Limitations?
What is a statute of limitations and why does it apply to your claim? A statute of limitations is a timeline to sue—it establishes a timeframe in which a plaintiff must file a claim. A statute of limitation establishes how much time a plaintiff has to bring his or her claim forward. If the victim does not file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations, the victim runs the risk of losing the right to sue. Why do statutes of limitations apply to claims? Statutes of limitations are designed to protect defendants from unjust claims. Statutes of limitations give plaintiffs a sense of urgency when filing a lawsuit. If there were no statute of limitations, plaintiffs would sit on their claims for many years. The longer a plaintiff waits to file a lawsuit, the more likely it is that the defendant will have lost important evidence to disprove the claim. Because of that, claims filed many years after the incident can be unjust and unfair to the defendant. To keep lawsuits and claims as fair as possible, statutes of limitations apply to all claims—each type of claim having a different timeline to sue.
A statute of limitations is a strict timeline; however, there are many exceptions that might apply to your deadline. Below, you will find a few of the exceptions that might prolong the statute of limitations of your claim:
- Plaintiff is a minor—if the plaintiff is a minor at the time of the incident, the statute of limitations does not start running until the plaintiff is eighteen-years-old or is legally emancipated.
- Defendant is out of state—if the defendant goes out of state, the statute of limitation will be extended by the total amount of time that the defendant was out of state. For example, if the defendant was out of state for three months during the original statute of limitations, the statute of limitations will be extended by three months.
- Plaintiff is mentally incompetent—if the plaintiff is mentally incompetent at the time of the incident, the statute of limitations will be tolled until the plaintiff regains mental competency.
- Plaintiff dies—if the plaintiff dies, the claim can be filed either six months after the plaintiff’s death or within the original statute of limitation whichever comes later.
- Defendant dies—if the defendant dies, the claim must be filed within one year of the defendant’s death.
As you can see, there are a few factors that might affect the statute of limitations that applies to your lawsuit. Because of this, you must immediately seek legal assistance to identify why exceptions, if any, apply to your statute of limitations. You must immediately contact the attorneys at Bed Bug Legal Group to find out more about the statute of limitations that applies to your lawsuit.
Statute of Limitations to Sue for an Infested Mattress
Our law firm is often approached with questions about how long to sue for a bed bug infestation from a mattress. Because the statute of limitations that applies to your case can change depending on a few factors, it is vital that you speak to an attorney and identify the deadline to file your lawsuit as soon as possible. What is the initial statute of limitations that applies to a bed bug infested mattress lawsuit? If you were afflicted by bed bug bites, you would need to file a personal injury claim. There is no cause of action specific to bed bug incidents; however, most victims file lawsuits claiming negligence or intentional infliction of emotional distress. Therefore, you would have a standard two-year statute of limitation to file your lawsuit. Although you will have two years to file your lawsuit, you should immediately seek legal assistance from the attorneys at Bed Bug Legal Group to identify whether any exceptions that might extend your statute of limitations apply to your claim.
Should You Only Worry About Your Mattress?
Many people innocently believe that a bed bug contraction strictly results from an infested mattress. Although the name of these pests implies that they can only be found in beds, they can infest any piece of furniture—included a mattress, a couch, and even a nightstand. Used furniture must be thoroughly inspected prior to purchase. If you bring used furniture into your home, you run the risk of a bed bug infestation. Is it safe to purchase a used mattress, a preowned couch, or any piece of used furniture? Purchasing used furniture might be a necessity depending on your financial status. Although purchasing used furniture is a risk, you can eliminate risks if you proceed with caution. Inspect used furniture before it is purchased and routinely after you bring it home. If you find bed bugs before you purchase the used piece of furniture, be cautious when you enter your home. If you sit on a bed bug infested pre-owned sofa at a store and then sit on your sofa or bed at home, your home could be infested. Whether you were affected by a bed bug infested mattress, sofa, or nightstand, you have rights—and our attorneys will help you exercise your rights.
Bed Bug Legal Group — Here to Help You
Were you the victim of a bed bug infestation after purchasing a mattress? If so, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the store that sold you the mattress. Naturally, you might prioritize treating your physical injuries, along with ridding your home of the bed bug infestation. However, speaking to an experienced attorney should be one of the first things you do. Although you might be dealing with an immeasurable amount of stress, you should take some time to talk to an attorney about the statute of limitation that applies to your claim. You must have a thorough understanding of the statute of limitations that applies to your case to prevent losing the right to file a lawsuit. You must not hesitate to contact Bed Bug Legal Group as soon as possible; our attorneys will answer all of your questions and help you understand the deadlines that apply to your case.
Bed Bug Legal Group aims to do everything possible to facilitate access to our legal services. You might have incurred unforeseen expenses that left you in a difficult economic situation; if so, you should not worry—our law firm offers legal services at no cost. Our law firm offers free consultations and free second opinions to the victims of bed bug infestations after purchasing mattresses. During your free consultation, our attorneys will answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns. Our attorneys will take all the time necessary ensure that you understand the concept of statutes of limitations. If you already have an attorney with another law firm, you might be interested in getting a free second opinion from the attorneys at Bed Bug Legal Group. Unfortunately, many attorneys rush through cases and overlook important pieces of information that can affect the outcome of your case. If you believe that your attorney rushed through your case and left our key details, you should contact our law firm as soon as possible. Our attorneys will take the time necessary to cover every detail of your case; we guarantee that you will have all the information available—do not hesitate to contact Bed Bug Legal Group.
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