Bed Bug Lawyer
Do You Have Bed Bugs in Your Rental Unit?
Bed bugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.
Bed bugs often hide in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards, but they can spread throughout an apartment unit in a few days. We have represented clients where bed bugs were present in carpet, floor crevices, couches, and rugs.
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Bed bugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed for three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.
Most bed bug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that appear mainly around the ankles, bed bug bites can appear on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, bed bug bites do not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do.
People who don’t realize they have a bed bug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bed bug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.
Damage From Bed Bugs
A bed bug infestation can cause a significant amount of damage to your life and property, including:
- Physical symptoms resulting from bed bug bites
- Destroyed personal property (often, infested items need to be replaced)
- Pest control costs
- Hotel or other rental costs if you need to leave your home due to the infestation
- Lost sleep and elevated stress levels
While some things can be difficult to measure in monetary costs, a bed bug lawyer can help you understand your case and take action to recover damages. If you believe a lawsuit could help you address a bed bug problem in your Los Angeles home, speak with a Brinton Firm attorney today!
Dealing With A Bed Bug Infestation
When you’re dealing with bed bugs, you may be feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or afraid. Getting rid of bed bugs takes a lot of time and money, and dealing with pest control, insurance companies, and landlord issues can add to the stress.
Unfortunately, Los Angeles ranks in the top ten worst cities for bed bug infestations, so it’s quite possible to end up facing the unpleasant situation of bed bugs in your home.
But you’re not alone. As a victim of a bed bug infestation, you have legal rights! And we’re here to help protect those rights. An experienced bed bug lawyer can help you get the support and compensation you deserve.
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?
Bed bug infestations can result from various conditions and are usually introduced to a property by accident.
If you have discovered bed bugs in your home, they may have come from a neighboring property or former tenants. In these cases, the bed bugs can spread due to another person’s failure to address the infestation completely. Damage from bed bugs will continue until aggressive action is taken to complete all necessary pest control steps and fully eradicate the infestation.
Bed bugs can also be introduced to a property after someone visits a hotel or another location where the bed bugs are present. The insects and their eggs can be carried to a new location in clothing, luggage, and even car upholstery. This is a common method of bed bug spread in Los Angeles and the entire state of California. In the case of hotel bed bugs, the hotel owners may be at fault.
What If My Lease Says I Can’t Sue?
Some landlords and other property owners ask renters to sign a waiver saying that you won’t be able to sue them if you end up with bed bugs. The good news is that those waivers are not valid, and your landlord can’t use your signature to prevent you from bringing legal action.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have legal rights! No matter what your lease says, it’s best to consult with a knowledgeable bed bug lawyer who can help you understand your options.
What Does A Bed Bug Lawyer Do?
Under California law, you can sue your landlord if you are harmed by a bed bug infestation in your rental home or apartment. You can seek damages related to personal injury, emotional distress, and damaged personal property. If the infestation becomes so serious that you are forced to move out of your home, you can also seek damages for constructive eviction. Our experienced lawyers can help you understand your claims and assist you in gathering the documents and evidence needed to build a strong case.
When you hire our firm to represent you in a bed bug case, we’ll first go through all the details in your case to identify who may be responsible. This can include landlords, building management, or former pest control companies. Sometimes, more than one person can be pursued as part of a bed bug case.
Second, we’ll help you identify what your damages are. Typically, there are costs associated with addressing a bed bug infestation, such as: paying an exterminator to get rid of the bed bugs, replacing damaged bedding and furniture, and paying for somewhere else to stay while the infestation is being dealt with.
You may also be entitled to damages for any personal injuries (like bites) or emotional distress (like trouble sleeping) that you’ve suffered.
Our firm will help you make sure that the people responsible for the infestation contribute money to cover those costs. We can also help you with your insurance company if you have renter’s insurance that includes pests.
Finally, we will guide you through your entire case from start to finish. Let a professional do the complicated work of filing paperwork, attending court dates, and otherwise navigating the legal system.
How Can I Get A Bed Bug Lawyer?
If you are looking for a bed bug lawyer in the Los Angeles area, look no further than The Brinton Firm. We are here to help you at every step of the process and will make your bed bug case go as smoothly and successfully as possible.
Contact us here or call us today to get started with your bed bug case.