Bed Bug Lawyer

Bed Bug lawyer in St. Louis, Missouri. Lawyer Amanda Hayden understands that you expect to sit down on a chair or fall asleep without having to fear you will be bit by a bedbug. Get in touch with a bed bug lawyer at The Hayden Law Firm or call (314) 480-3100 for a no-risk and free case evaluation. We take cases on a contingency basis which means you pay nothing up front, and that we will not collect a fee from you unless we win your case. We handle bed bug bite cases from multiple sources, including:

  • Hotels and motels
  • Rental properties
  • New, used, or rented furniture
  • Nursing homes
  • Resorts
  • Childcare centers
  • AirBnB rentals
  • Recently purchased houses

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About Bed Bugs

One of the most common pests in the world, bed bugs live and thrive in most environments. They are small, only several millimeters long, brown in color and shaped roughly like an apple seed. Since they are so tiny, they can survive, undetected, in many parts of a house. One good way to tell if bed bugs are in a room is by smell: they give off an odor similar to old, musty books or spoiled raspberries.

Places where bed bugs are commonly found in rooms include:

  • Between mattresses and box springs/platforms
  • Behind furniture
  • Underneath mattress covers
  • Under chair cushions and inside upholstery
  • Inside drawers
  • Along wall baseboards
  • Against ceilings, especially in corners
  • Along picture frames
  • Along door or window frames
  • Along bed frames, especially where pieces are joined together

They are also known to thrive inside suitcases and other luggage. It is not uncommon for someone to go on vacation, stay in a room where bed bugs are present, and transport these bugs back to their home, all without being aware they were doing so.

The Dangers of Bed Bug Bites

When a bed bug bites a human being, its affect can vary from person to person. Most people will only have maybe small bumps or marks from where the bed bug bit them. However, it is not uncommon for sizable welts similar to mosquito bites to form on the skin, which causes itching and discomfort. Extended bug bite cases can lead to breaking out in hives, allergic reactions, and even asthma attacks.

However, the longest-lasting effects of bed bug bites are not physical marks but rather emotional scars. It is not uncommon for people who have been bit by bed bugs to experience high anxiety and panic attacks. As bed bug bites often cause discomfort, this can lead to an obsession with itching and scratching–which worsens the physical effects of bed bugs as increased itching leads to infection. In addition, the fear of being bit by blood-sucking parasites can easily lead to insomnia, which affects the whole body and mind.

While bed bugs are mostly just considered a nuisance bug by most, there is a growing body of research suggesting they can carry disease. A 2018 report from researchers at New Mexico State University showed that bed bugs are prime vectors for carrying Chagas disease, which causes a life-long infection and kills more than 50,000 people each year.

What To Do If You’ve Been Bit By Bed Bugs

Discovering the place where you sleep every night, or the space in which you live in, is infested by bed bugs can certainly be a traumatic experience. But before you contact an experienced bed bug lawyer, we suggest you take the following steps:

  • Take photos of your injuries and surroundings. Get pictures of the extent of your bites, where they were on your body, and other important details. Be sure to note the exact places where you found bed bugs in your house or hotel room and document the dates and times you found bugs or injuries.
  • Get in touch with higher authorities. If you were bit by bed bugs in a hotel, notify management: otherwise, talk to your landlord or real-estate agent. If you found bed bugs in new furniture, contact the store you purchased the items at or the company that made them. Try and communicate in a method you can easily save and track, such as email or even by letters. Always keep copies of all correspondence.
  • Track your damaged property. Since all items infested with bed bugs will need to be disposed of, note everything that you found bed bugs in. These can include furniture items, luggage, mattresses, bed linens and pillows, and clothing. If you have saved receipts from when you originally purchased these possessions, keep them in a safe place: this is important to recover the exact value of the property you lost due to a bed bug infestation.
  • Note any pain and suffering. Keep all medical records if those are required, and even receipts for pharmacy products you used to treat your bed bug bites. If you had to take time off work or forgo hobbies to deal with bed bugs, note the hours missed. Finally, be sure to note if you had any psychological effects from the infestation, like trouble sleeping or irrational anxiety or fears.
Our bed bug lawyer in St. Louis proudly offers client-focused legal services to bed bug victims. We want you to feel heard, valued, and protected, and confident that you’ll have someone in your corner to take on irresponsible landlords, negligent hotel companies, and big insurance firms.

Who Is Liable For Bug Bites?

In both Missouri and Illinois, there are no specific laws outlining who is responsible for a bed bug infestation in a dwelling or hotel room. However, both states do recognize an important precedent known as the implied warranty of habitability. Under this court precedent, those buying or renting a property are not responsible for its condition. It is the responsibility of the landlord or property manager to maintain a building that is “habitable and fit for living” when someone moves in to a new house or apartment, or agrees to rent a hotel room for any number of nights.

Your St. Louis bed bug lawyer should be well-versed in cases involving premises liability and personal injury. We strive to get every unique detail about your case and target who is responsible in your case. If you have any questions about your bed bug case, call The Hayden Law Firm at (314) 480-3100 for a no-risk case evaluation.

Contact a Bed Bug Lawyer Lawyer in St. Louis, MO

In both Missouri and Illinois, cases involving bed bug bites are considered personal injury cases. As such, having an experienced personal injury lawyer in St. Louis to fight for your rights is crucial to getting the settlement you deserve.

Our team knows that every case we get is unique, and as such we take time to get to know all our clients. We give every case the maximum level of personal attention because we want our clients to feel confident that they have a lawyer who will fight for every penny they deserve. Call a bed bug lawyer in St. Louis, MO, at (314) 480-3100 or contact us for a free claim review.

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