St. Louis Bed Bug Lawyer
Helping MO and IL clients injured by pest infestations and injuries
When you crawl into bed after a long day of work or travel, the last thing you expect is to be bitten while you sleep. The Hayden Law Firm represents clients throughout Missouri and Illinois who were exposed to unsanitary conditions and were bitten by bed bugs, or who have developed a bed bug infestation after picking them up while traveling. Contact our St. Louis premises liability attorneys for help today.
What are bed bugs?
One of the most common pests in the world, bed bugs live and thrive in most environments. They are a few millimeters in length, brown in color, and shaped like an apple seed. Since they are so tiny, they can survive, undetected, in many parts of a house. One way to determine if bed bugs are in a room is by smell: they give off an odor similar to old, musty books or spoiled raspberries.
Bed bugs feed on human blood and are sensitive to light, which is why they prey on humans at night. Once they have bit a human, they return to what is called a “harborage area” where they signal to other bed bugs that there is a prime feeding spot nearby. This allows a colony to thrive. Female bed bugs often lay between two to five eggs every day, and these eggs take around two weeks to hatch. They can easily hide for weeks or even months before biting a person for food.
Which places in St. Louis might have bed bugs?
Bed bugs can infest any place, no matter how nice it appears. When a property owner fails to address an infestation, however, the little critters can run rampant all over a property, and end up traveling home with you. At The Hayden Law Firm, we handle bed bug bite lawsuits from many sources, including:
- Hotels and motels
- Rental properties
- New, used, or rented furniture
- Nursing homes
- Childcare centers
- AirBnB rentals
- Recently purchased houses
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Are bed bug bites dangerous?
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 bumps similar to mosquito bites to form on the skin, which causes itching and discomfort. Extended bug bite cases can lead to allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
However, the longest-lasting effects of bed bug bites are not physical marks but rather emotional scars. It is usual 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 known to carry Chagas disease, which causes a life-long infection and kills more than 50,000 people each year.
Who is liable if I’m bitten by a bed bug?
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, people who buy or rent a property are not responsible for its condition. It is the responsibility of the landlord or property manager to maintain a structure that is “habitable and fit for living” when someone moves into a new house or apartment, or agrees to rent a hotel room for any number of nights.
We are well-versed in cases involving premises liability and personal injury. We strive to get every little detail about your case and target who is responsible. If you have any questions about your bed bug case, call The Hayden Law Firm for help.
What should I do if I’m bitten by a bed bug?
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 talk to an experienced bed bug lawyer, we request you take the following steps:
- Take photos of your injuries and surroundings. Get photos of the extent of your injuries, where they were on your body, and other important details. Be sure to note the exact sites 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 bitten by bed bugs in a hotel, call the management: otherwise, contact your landlord or real-estate agent. If you found bed bugs in new furniture, call 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 fax. Always keep copies of all correspondence.
- Track your damaged property. Since all items infested with bed bugs will need to be thrown away, note everything that you found bed bugs in. These can include mattresses, suitcases, furniture, and bed linens. If you have saved receipts from when you originally purchased these goods, 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 medications you used to treat your bed bug bites. If you had to miss 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 abnormal fears.
Should I hire a St. Louis bed bug attorney?
In both Missouri and Illinois, cases involving bed bug bites are considered personal injury cases. As such, having an experienced personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights is crucial to getting the settlement you deserve.
Attorney Amanda Hayden at The Hayden Law Firm knows how to win the maximum financial settlements and court awards that her clients deserve. She combines her expertise in business negotiation with extensive practice in personal injury law in order to get the results that others may ignore. When you work with a St. Louis injury lawyer from The Hayden Law Firm, you’ll have someone in your corner to take on irresponsible landlords, negligent hotel companies, and big insurance firms.
Did the bed bugs bite? Call The Hayden Law Firm today
Our team knows that every case we get is different, and as such we take time to get to know all our clients. We want our clients to feel confident that they have a lawyer who will advocate for them at every turn. Call The Hayden Law Firm at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation today. Proudly serving St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois.
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