Bed bugs cause a wholly unpleasant and often debilitating infestation that too many people are affected by. In most cases, bed bug infestations are not the fault of the homeowner but rather a negligent party that failed to keep its’ customers safe. Bed bug cases vary from claimant to claimant but for those that are dealing with a bed bug infestation due to the negligence of another party, there is help.
Bed Bug Cases in Chicago
For those living in the Chicago, IL area, hotels and apartments are a mainstay of daily life. As with many large cities, hotels and apartments are a daily part of life that allow people to come and go and visit the city without taking up permanent residence. This is a fantastic thing but if the hotel owner is negligent and either ignores a bed bug infestation knowingly or does not clean thoroughly, allowing an infestation to take hold, compensation may be due to those that are affected.
If you do find bed bugs from hotel stays that have made their way into your home you may want to contact an attorney or attorney’s office that has experience in bed bug cases. In the case of apartment buildings, tenants can also suffer from bed bugs in their apartments due to landlord negligence. A bed bug lawyer will help claimants to gather the information and evidence that they need to potentially create a case to assist in recovering the compensation they deserve.
What to Do if You Find Bed Bugs in Your Hotel
The first step when it comes to handling a bed bug infestation that is the direct result of a negligent party is to handle the infestation itself. Take photographs of any bed bugs and bed bug evidence observed in the room. You cannot do your best to create a sound case without being healthy and working on getting rid of the infestation. Make sure you keep all your receipts, evaluations, and expenses that were the result of the infestation so they can be incorporated into your potential claim and demanded by your attorney should one be retained.
Should I Hire a Bed Bug Bite Lawyer to Sue for Bed Bugs?
After you have started the documentation process and taken steps to protect yourself from the infestation, consider contactinga lawyer that has experience with bed bug cases. Our office represents Chicago bed bug victims on a pre-litigation basis. Should our office be able to assist your with a claim, your lawyer will help you gather information, contact the opposing side assisting the hotel or apartment in question, and will help prepare your claim so that you can seek recovery for your damages.
Should our office take on representation, your pre-litigation attorney will also advise you about what further steps you need to take when it comes to follow ups, questioning, or even settlements that you may get in regards to the case. Ultimately, hiring a bed bug bite lawyer can help you get the appropriate compensation you deserve while making the process simpler.
What to Expect from Bed Bug Litigation
It is important to note that our office handles Chicago bed bug claims on a pre-litigation basis only. Only in certain circumstances does our office extend a contract for litigation. Therefore, under a pre-litigation representation approach, the first thing that you should expect is being required by your attorney to help gather and provide proof that the infestation is the result of a third party and not some other source. This will happen through the use of photographic documentation of the infestation taken at the property, as well as by use of inspection reports from where you stayed.Conversations you previously had with the management and ownership of these establishments, and other evidence may be used in building your claim.
The second step is to document and gather bills and receipts for all the expenses that you incurred as a result of the infestation. This may include things like medical bills if you went to the doctor for your symptoms, extermination bills, time off from work, etc. These expenses will be addressed with the negligent party during negotiations and any potential court proceedings should such a contract be extended.
In many cases your attorney will be able to reach an agreement with the third party outside of court in which your claim is presented and a settlement is offered. In other cases, however, you may be required to go to court which would require a separate agreement to proceed.
Get Help from a Chicago Bed Bug Lawyer Today
Bed bugs are nasty and no one should have to battle an infestation and foot the cost of that battle due to the negligence of someone else. Should our office be able to represent you in a bed bug case, your attorney can help you work through your case evidence to help you seek the compensation you deserve and help prevent the same thing from happening to other families and individuals. It is the responsibility of hotel owners and apartment owners to make sure their units are clean, safe and free of pests each and every day.
If you believe you might have a bed bug case, contact us for a free case consultation.