Over the years, the number of bed bug infestations and bite incidents has increased across the U.S., including Fresno and other cities throughout California. These pests are a huge inconvenience for many individuals, and they often spread and infest homes and businesses due to the negligence of people responsible for maintaining a safe environment.
If you believe that you have sustained injuries and other damages because of a bed bug infestation and suspect negligence was the cause, our reliable Fresno bed bug injury lawyers may be able to represent you during the pre-litigation process to help you recover compensation if negligence resulted in the infestation, whether because of a negligent hotel owner, landlord, or furniture rental store owner in or around Fresno. We also provide potential representation for victims all over the U.S.
How Can I Determine if I’m Experiencing a Bed Bug Infestation in Fresno?
If you endurebed bug bite injuries or have a bed bug infestation in your home or hotel room, you may be able to recover damages.
A bed bug infestation can occur anywhere and at any time, regardless of the cleanliness of the home or establishment. While many people believe that bed bugs need a dirty environment to thrive, the fact is that bed bugs can live anywhere where people are present to serve as potential meal sources.
How Do Bed Bugs End Up in Fresno?
The principal cause of bed bug infestations in many cases is negligence. Bed bugs can infest homes, apartments, hotels, and many other spaces where people stay or live. Oftentimes, negligent hotel owners are responsible as they fail to take the steps necessary to prevent the spread of bed bugs in hotels, which can put guests at risk of bed bug bites.
Negligent landlords may also allow bed bug infestations to manifest throughout entire apartment buildings by failing to properly treat and eliminate the problem, in the process claiming that tenants are responsible for bringing bed bugs home following their travels. While it’s certainly possible that tenants could bring home bed bugs from other locations, it is important to determine the extent of infestation in the apartment, look into any past issues at the property and evaluate whether or not you have been on any recent trips, or recently purchased or rented furniture, to make sure the proper negligent party is held accountable. Chances are, the landlord could very well be responsible for an ongoing infestation at the complex.
Negligent parties, including hotel owners and landlords, may be held liable and need to cover monetary and non-monetary damages in a bed bug case.
What Are the Signs of Bed Bugs in Fresno?
When you suspect a bed bug infestation is taking place in your home, apartment, or hotel room, there are specific signs you can look for to properly identify the presence of bed bugs.
If you have been bitten, check for any bites that are small, red, and itchy without swelling. These bites also frequently appear in lines or in clusters as bed bugs bite several times along the bite area. You may also be able to spot adult bed bugs, which slightly resemble apple seeds in color, shape, and size. Small round eggs and pale sheddings may also be visible in bedding or other areas. Excrement and blood spots might also be present in bedsheets.
Bed bugs are very good at hiding, so make sure you check all bedding, behind baseboards, around mattresses, or in other dark areas where they may hide such as closets or in furniture. Take photographs and videos, which can be used as evidence in a bed bug case.
What Damages Can I Recover with a Fresno Bed Bug Attorney?
If a bed bug infestation occurs because of another’s negligence, you may sustain both monetary and non-monetary damages.
Monetary damages may include a combination of lost wages, medical expenses for treatment, extermination costs, or the replacement of any furniture or other personal belongings. Meanwhile, non-monetary damages could include any pain and suffering endured such as psychological suffering, fear of future incidents, or social isolation resulting from the infestation.
To determine if you have a case, contact our team of dependable Fresno bed bug lawyers to discuss your potential bed bug claim.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. This firm handles claims nationwide on a pre-litigation basis. Some attorneys are not licensed to practice in certain jurisdictions. Although most bed bug cases resolve without a lawsuit, should one need be filed in a jurisdiction the firm is not authorized to practice, our lawyers work with local counsel upon the execution of a new agreement.