Average Bed Bug Settlements [What is Fair Compensation?]

If you or a loved one has been the victim of bed bug bites, and you believe they are the result of the negligence of a third party, you may be entitled to compensation if you file a bed bug lawsuit.

Filing bed bug lawsuits and winning a case will require some planning, which a bed bug injury attorney can help you accomplish.

As noted on our page about resolved cases, bed bug lawsuit settlements can range anywhere from $10,000 to $80,000 or more given the situation.

Determining fair compensation for bed bug bites can vary greatly depending on several factors, such as the severity of the bites, the impact on your health, and any medical expenses incurred.

Keep in mind that laws and regulations related to compensation for bed bug bites can vary between countries, states, and even cities, so it’s important to consult with bed bug attorneys who are familiar with bed bug claims and have the proper credentials to be able to help you. 

Average Bed Bug Settlements in 2023

While most people immediately think of lawsuits when they think of attorneys, most bed bug cases tend to resolve through settlement and/or alternative dispute resolution discussions. There is no average Bed bug lawsuit settlement amount, and there is no average pre-litigation settlement amount. Bed bug case resolutions can range anywhere from no offer being made to hundreds of thousands of dollars. In some very rare instances, like a few years ago, bed bug verdicts can result in judgments worth 6 or 7 figures. We work with the team of bed bug attorneys that generated the highest bed bug verdict in the history of the nation at just over $4.4 million. 

Keep in mind that each case is unique so settlements and verdicts can vary widely. Securing a multi-million-dollar verdict is not a common result. Many bed bug claims resolve for under $25,000.00, and in most cases even the six-figure range is rare. Here is an example of a recent bed bug settlement that our team recovered for a victim of bed bugs. 

$50,000.00 Recovered After Bed Bugs Ruin Family Trip

A father and his adult daughter stayed at a popular hotel chain for a family member’s wedding and within a matter of days suffered hundreds of bed bug bites/welts. Female bed bugs do not need to mate between each round of eggs they lay. If left unchecked, a bed bug infestation can rapidly grow out of control.

The wedding guests suffered injuries requiring medical treatments and received prescriptions for steroids in an attempt to combat the itching and burning caused by the bed bug bites/welts. After signing with Bed Bug Injury Law, our attorneys went to work educating the insurance company on the seriousness of the injuries involved and how these situations can be avoided through proper hotel diligence. Ultimately, our attorneys were able to recover $50,000.00 on behalf of the father and daughter based on their injuries and the hotel’s failure to adequately conduct their inspection duties.

For more information about bed bug cases that we have settled in the past, you can view our resolved cases here

How to File a Bed Bug Lawsuit

As soon as you suspect you’ve suffered from a bed bug infestation due to the negligence of hotel staff or others, you need to collect sufficient evidence to file a lawsuit. This will entail taking photographs of bedsheets and other areas where visible evidence is present, such as small red spots or dead bed bugs. You also need to notify management of the infestation so an inspection of the room can be performed.

Gathering evidence for a  potential lawsuit will help you decide if filing one with the help of a bed bug bite lawyer is a good idea. After you gather photographs and video of the infestation and any other damage evidence you have, you can then consult with an attorney who can help you determine whether or not you have a bed bug case and should proceed with a lawsuit.

How to Win a Bed Bug Lawsuit

First of all, there are no guarantees you will win your bed bug lawsuit. If you hire a law firm experienced with bed bug cases to help you file a lawsuit, , he or she can guide you through the process from there. It can take a lot of effort to prove negligence and/or improper procedures, but if you have the evidence to support your case, you’ll be more likely to receive compensation for your related damages.

Victims of bed bug bites may be able to receive bed bug compensation for both monetary and non-monetary damages. Monetary damages may include medical bills for treatment, lost wages, replacement of furniture, extermination costs, and others. Non-monetary damages may include pain and suffering as a result of the infestation, such as embarrassment and stress from itching, and some may even recover compensation for loss of sleep caused by the incident.

Your attorney, if they are experienced, would try to get all of the types of compensation you and your family deserve, whether for monetary or non-monetary damages. However, keep in mind that the process may require some time and there are no guarantees that your desired settlement or verdict will be achieved.

How Long Does a Bed Bug Lawsuit Take?

Like any other lawsuit, there isn’t a specific amount of time that a bed bug lawsuit will take. 

The duration of a bed bug injury lawsuit can vary widely depending on several factors, including the complexity of the case, the willingness of the parties to negotiate, the court’s schedule, and the jurisdiction in which the lawsuit is filed.

While it is difficult to provide an exact timeframe, here are some of the various stages and factors that can impact the overall duration of this type of lawsuit:

1. Investigation and preparation: This stage involves gathering evidence, obtaining medical records, and building a strong case. The length of this stage can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the availability of evidence. Not every case should be filed in the courts. It is rare for our team of attorneys to recommend litigation. More often than not we suggest exploring settlement of your claim.

2. Filing the lawsuit: Once the investigation is complete, and if our team of attorneys recommend litigation, the lawsuit is formally filed with the appropriate court. This typically initiates the litigation process. Due to how most properties in the bed bug world are structured, and with corporate companies involved, many properties have more than one location that a claim could possibly be filed in. Arriving at this determination is a complex legal process that may require consulting with more than one attorney.

3. Discovery: After a lawsuit is filed, typically the next process is the discovery phase. Discovery is the process where both parties exchange relevant information and evidence. This stage can take several months to complete. Discovery usually includes both written discovery and oral discovery, such as depositions.

4. Negotiation and settlement discussions: Many cases are resolved through negotiations and settlement discussions outside of court. The duration of this stage can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the negotiations.

5. Trial: If a settlement cannot be reached, the case may proceed to trial. Trial dates are often scheduled based on the court’s availability, which can result in delays. The trial itself can range from a few days to several weeks, depending on the nature of the case.

While you may want the lawsuit to take as little time as possible and to receive full compensation when you need it, the process may require some patience to get the outcome you want. Moreover, filing a lawsuit isn’t a guarantee of a result. Determining if you should file a lawsuit and where is a complex legal process that you should discuss with an experienced bed bug attorney. 

Consult with a Bed Bug Attorney Today

Even if you have experienced a mild infestation of bed bugs in a hotel or an apartment building, or as a result of infested rental furniture, you may be able to receive compensation if the infestation resulted from another party’s negligence or improper practices. The best way to determine whether or not you can file a lawsuit is to consult with an experienced bed bug attorney. You can present evidence to a lawyer, who can then help you determine if you should file a lawsuit and begin the legal process.

Whether you have suffered bites from a mild or extensive infestation, you should seek help from a bed bug lawyer as soon as possible to seek the compensation you deserve.

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  1. I wad severely bitten by bed bugs at the Penn Werner Hotel Wernesvill Pa.on the night of 10-19-17 and 10-20-17

  2. I was in a facility for the disabled in st.petersburg fla.i was bitten by bedbugs so bad i was taken to hospital.when i called a news station about this the facility evicted me.

  3. I am currently in the hotel room they are infested with bed bugs from head to toe I have bed bugs bites I’ve told management I don’t believe they’re doing the proper cleaning the bed bugs do I have a case I am suffering for the past week I have her evidence pictures videos

  4. I think I was exposed to bedbugs, when I purchased a Sofa and Loveseat from Aarons Sales I purchased years ago and did not complain because I have never heard of such. I have sever scars on my back, I can t hardly sleep, the children have bites too. This is torture, and I want to do something about it

  5. I recently moved into a new apartment on November 25th 2017 when I woke up the next morning I was all itchy I couldn’t figure out what was going on I have done found what looks like bed bugs to me and I’ve been told by the landlord that they are spiders but have a confirmation from the University of Minnesota that they are indeed bed bugs and I’m still getting bit my landlord is accusing me of bringing it in when I’ve had all of the same things for many years and never had this issue until now the landlord was refusing to but the Bug Guy go and investigate other the bug guy said he didn’t find anything in my apartment but yet I got almost a ziplock baggie full of bed bugs

  6. Received about 13 insect bites at Best Wrstern Seekonk Dec 25-26. Saw black bug in bedsheets abt 3 am Welts and swelling came out during the day. Told desk clerk on way out

  7. Islander inn ocean isle beach I got bite bye bed bug but they found them behind the headboard not sheets

  8. my husband and I stayed at the quality inn and suites in waycross ga, on 3 separate occasions and was severely attacked from bedbugs each time along with roaches believe it or not the roaches are coming out of the iron, stuffed toilet paper in holes of the bathroom we have attempted to settle this on our own, manager stated you don’t have to stay here, I really don’t care, she stated I’m never satisfied, I have been staying at that hotel for 8 yrs and unfortunately it has changed hands several times but the hotel remains in the family
    I’ve requested o.j.iwners info and was told he was in India and are unaware when he’ll be back.

  9. I am NOT, neither was my husband a law suits person. But, trying sooo many things for years after staying at the Crowne Plaza Houston River Oaks – 2712 SW Freeway in Houston, TX 77098
    I contracted some kind of parasite skin disease that no one so far has been able to cure or diagnose, making my life miserable and pretty much unable to have a normal social and family life. My husband, an MD Anderson patient also while staying there came down with an infection and hospitalized for days. On the internet I read someone having problems with the same room: 801. Mine started one morning trying to get to the Hospital MD Anderson some bug bit me and I couldn’t stop the bleeding, therefore I put some tissues for the blood and got down to the Lobby to see if they could supply me with a band aid, the woman who checked us in Jackie and the young lady Concierge (don’t recall her name), took me to an empty office to look at the problem and apply the band aid, the Concierge asked Jackie if she knew of that particular room having previous problems, but I didn’t hear or saw a reply since my back was facing the wall. At that time my major and only concern was my husband’s illness, nothing else had priority until he passed away; little I knew the hell I was to go through for years.. but NO MORE! I’m determined to sue the heck out of them for the misery that I have gone through and continue to. My body is full of scars, dark spots and the itching 24/7 is hell on earth. After these women waited on me that morning, about the next day or the day after on my way out to catch the shuttle to the Hospital I saw a good number of Terminix employees having a meeting in a room , visible from the hallway to the front door. I’m sure all these records would be easy to collect; I have one of the Hotel’s statements. I believe we stayed there 2-3 times, whenever we couldn’t get a room at the Rotary House, he was treated for almost 3 years.
    I probably should have decided to take this step a long time before but, after years of Drs. creams, ointments, baths, etc. I can’t stand it anymore and find myself mad as hell.
    My email is phone 251-609-2977 cell,
    I would appreciate a reply with your opinion. Thanks! M. Adkins

  10. I live in Evansville, Indiana. The house I rented for 14 months was infested with bedbugs. I suffer from PTSD and I had to throw all my furniture away. The baby bedbugs were inside my ears. I was humiliated and embarrassed. I became withdrawn. I called and wrote letters to my landlord pleading for him to exterminate or relocate me. I have pics of bites and bedbugs everywhere in house. I found out that other tenants and apts were infested too. Fetter Properties evicted me. Currently I’m being sued for $4,000 due to the house not rented out for 6 months. I want to sue for my suffering and loss of property. Please help me. Veronica

  11. I believe that the mattress and boxspring set that I purchased from a retail establishment on Springfield Avenue in Newark New Jersey has been previously used and put inside of a new cover and it’s sold as new. I have samples of the bed bugs and pictures of my sheet that proves bed bug infestation.. I have been in my rental room a year before noticing the infestation. I have the bed bugs and clear cellophane tape.
    I stay up most of the night because I don’t want to be bitten. I can’t afford a new bed and box spring right now because of my sporadic employment. I’m up at night. Whenever see a bed bug I collect them and have them all in a plastic bag right now with each of them sealed between cellophane tape.

  12. I am at Joshua Glover hallway house reentry center and they have bed bugs and I’ve been bit several times

  13. I have evidence of a bedbug infestation in my apt. I’ve been bitten, my girlfriend, her daughter and my son.

  14. I have been bitten every year ! I’m allergic to even one bire. I now carry an Epi Pen, taking Alprazolam fir Anxiety, and Hydroxyzibe for the a victim of Cross Contamination….my neighbors have infestations. The bedbug people are her now!
    I have been bitten in my face; permanent scaring. I’m AfricanAmerican and I have developed visible hyper pigmentation.
    Sleepless nights.
    I have picture and written documents of this on going problem.
    I’m tired of being ‘pissed on, and Management calling it rain’!

  15. I’m just checking…I stayed at a Comfort Suites in Monroe, Louisiana on 8-18 June 2018. I had stayed many times before with no problem. On the 16th I asked for an additional blanket and I expressely as if it was clean and told yes. The next morning I awoke with small dots that were very itchy. My sister said it looks like bed bug bites, I blew it off. The next day the dots had spread to various parts of my body, except my face. I checked out the hotel on the morning of the 18 but by the night, I was so covered and itchy I had to go to urgent care, where was I was looked over and confirmed that it was bed bug bites. I was given a shot and a script for 3 meds including prednisone. I have informed Corporate but was wondering if it was enough or do I need an attorney?

  16. I been having a issue with these bugs since I rented furniture from Aaron’s and they want do Nothing about it,My grandkids has experience so many bite from the bugs,i have pictures,videos,and etc.

  17. I am embarrassed by the horrible red bumps evident on my face and arms and hands. I am in pain and terribly itchy to the point of lost sleep and anxiety.

  18. hello my family and I checked into a motel in lantana Florida and I’m gonna make a long story short but we all were bitten by bed bugs I was bitten the worse. I have oozing open soars all over my body even on my face and neck. it’s so embarrassing I know they will scar. also I’m 6 months pregnant and worriwd about infections. I told hotel managment and they did not even offer me any compensation for the money I had prepaid. I’m very depressed and upset and haven’t had much sleep. I can’t get that vision of me lifting the sheet and bugs shaking out. I took video and have pictures of both the bugs in the beds and bites on me and my kids. the health department came out and confirmed there are live and dead bed bugs in the room. Do I have a case? I have found it hard to talk with a lawyer who handles such cases and I would love a resolution to this matter. thank you very much!

  19. About a week ago we found a couple bed bugs. My husband contacted building maintenance/management.
    He was told the neighbor brought in a roommate that had them and treated the apartment, and they would send Orkin here today (we told them s week ago)
    Well, after emails and calls, and a ton of prep, they say they couldn’t get Orkin today but will asap.
    We have bagged stuff up, washed stuff, thrown away stuff… and we are just supposed to wait.
    This is not ghe first time they have done this either

  20. I been going through this bed bugs issues since 2008 / 2014 and 20018 , they keep repeating itself, I don’t know what to do anymore I have small children into apartment. Something nerf to be done

  21. I am all bit up from bed bugs! I’ve told my boss plenty of times and now I have them at my apartment all over! I can’t afford to hire a exterminator to treat my house what can I do?

  22. I work at a hotel and i brought bed bugs home. Ive informed my boss and my gm and havent gotten any help. I have text messages from my boss admitting i got them from work. Ive had to call the exterminator myself to the motel to kill bugs ive found 4 times

  23. I was recently in the Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach. I noticed in the hospital that I had bumps all over my chest and back. I was bitten by bed bugs. Approximately 35 bytes

  24. I was on a greyhound from calif to arizonia and the next morning I had bed bugs bites and have had everyday my phone is(949) 813-4979

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