Bed bug infestations are a legitimate concern in Florida hotels, motels, and other public facilities. If you or someone close to you was harmed due to a bed bug infestation, it is important to reach out to a skilled Miami injury attorney who can evaluate your case. With years of experience, we can advocate for your rights at every step of the way and help you seek the compensation you deserve for your harm.
We represent clients in all types of bed bug cases. This includes apartment bed bug cases, hotel bed bug cases, rental furniture bed bug cases, mattress bed bug cases, and more.
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood. They are small, oval, and brownish in color. They do not fly, although they can move at a quick speed over various surfaces. Bed bugs do not live in nests. Instead, they live in groups in hiding places, such as a mattress, box spring, bed frame, headboard, and any other place where they have access to people. A 2011 survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association found that one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.
The vast majority of bed bug litigation is rooted in the theory of negligence. Negligence is a failure to use reasonable care, causing injury or death to someone else. In the context of bed bugs, a plaintiff would establish negligence by showing the following: the hotel or establishment owed the resident a duty of care; the hotel or establishment breached that duty of care by failing to provide sanitary conditions free of bed bugs (or failing to notice the presence of bed bugs); and the hotel or establishment’s breach was a direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Bed bugs can leave victims with serious injuries, including severe skin rashes, allergic reactions, permanent scarring, and psychological damage. As a result, Florida law allows an injured plaintiff to recover damages such as medical bills, lost wages, therapy costs, pain and suffering, and any other expenses related to the bed bug incident.
Like every state, Florida has set a legal deadline for filing personal injury claims, known as the statute of limitations. A plaintiff has four years from the date of the accident to file a claim in Florida’s civil courts. If your lawsuit is not filed within this time, the court may refuse to hear your case altogether.
If you or a loved one has been affected by bed bugs at a commercial property or facility, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our premises liability attorney are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm that they cause. We have helped many South Florida clients understand their rights, and we can help you as well. To discuss your case in more detail, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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