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.