Bed bugs are capable of thriving in nearly any location, including Waco, Texas. They’re frequently present in homes, apartments, and hotel rooms. Oftentimes, another party’s negligence allows them to spread.
Have you or a loved one sustained bed bug bites and other damages due to bed bug infestations and believe a third party’s negligence is the cause? You may be able to seek compensation for these damages. Our lawyers are capable of handling certain types of cases that occurred in Waco and other locations across Texas and the rest of the U.S. In certain circumstances, our office can provide pre-litigation representation and help people seek both economic and non-economic damages resulting from another party’s negligence.
How Bed Bug Infestations Occur in Waco, Texas
Bed bugs can travel to and from nearly any location if they have food supplies available nearby. Bed bugs predominately feed on human blood. Regardless of the cleanliness of the space, bed bugs have the ability to thrive and spread to other areas. Due to their resilience, if a property owner is negligent in their detection and removal, bed bugs have the ability to spread in many homes and businesses in Waco and other cities.
Due to the number of people who regularly stay in hotels, these facilities can be some of the most dangerous if insufficient mitigation practices are not used by ownership. Without proper training and inspection practices, hotel staff may not become aware of bed bug infestations as they spread, and they may not be sure how to remove them. Because of this, hotels should consult with and seek treatments with a professional extermination company.
Even worse, some hotels may not have clear policies or training programs in place to help keep hotels free of these pests, which can lead to serious infestations throughout these locations.
Landlords, hotel owners, and other professionals are expected to provide a certain level of care for customers, guests, and tenants, which may include preventing the spread of bed bugs. If these parties are found liable for bed bug infestations and related damages, they may need to compensate victims.
Steps for Identifying Bed Bugs in Waco
Do you believe that another person or company’s negligence caused a bed bug infestation in Waco, along with subsequent damages? You may need to be able to prove the responsible party was negligent if you wish to seek compensation.
Evidence of an infestation may include bed bug bites that appear in a cluster or line in the bite area, which are often red and itchy. Other times bed bug bites can cause an allergic reaction in which the victim can suffer an infection. You may be able to spot pale or dark brown adults, which may resemble apple seeds in shape and size. Additionally, sheddings and white pill-shaped eggs may also be visible. Brown or red blood spots on bedding or other furniture may also indicate that bed bugs are present. Check every area possible to make sure they aren’t hiding, including dark and dry areas between furniture or even behind picture frames.
Once you’ve identified any physical evidence, capture photos and video, which you may then be able to use toward building a case.
Types of Damages Recoverable for Bed Bug Bites in Waco
If bed bug infestations spread and cause damages because of another party’s negligence, you may be able to seek recovery of many different types of compensation for injuries, property damages, and other related damages.
Some damages that bed bug victims in Waco may be able to recover compensation for include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages due to time taken off from work to recover
- Prescriptions, including over the counter medications
- Furniture replacements
- Professional extermination costs
- Replacements for damages personal belongings, including clothing
Some potential non-monetary damages may include:
- Psychological distress
- Social isolation
- Insomnia or other similar symptoms
- Embarrassment that the incident caused
If you would like to find out whether you have a bed bug case that our office can assist with resulting from an incident that occurred in Waco, contact one of our bed bug attorneys to discuss your case in a free consultation.
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 to 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.