Bed bugs have become a problem for some hotels and apartment buildings. The small parasitic insects, which can hide in tiny cracks and crevices, are difficult to eradicate. If you have suffered bed bug bites while sleeping in a hotel or apartment, you may be seeking compensation for your personal injuries. Here are some of the damages that may be compensated in a bed bug personal injury case:
If your bites are severe enough, you may have to seek medical treatment. A heavy infestation of bedbugs can yield hundreds of bites in a few nights. The injuries usually appear as small clusters of red spots that form an itchy rash. Treatments may include:
- Itch Relief: Your doctor may prescribe an oral antihistamine for the uncomfortable itch. However, if you have a serious allergic reaction to the bed bug bites, an injection of an antihistamine or corticosteroid may be required.
- Antibiotics: Infections may also result from bed bug bites. A topical antiseptic may be used for a mild infection, but if your infection is more severe, an oral antibiotic may be prescribed.
- Psychological Treatment: The trauma of a bed bug infestation can affect you psychologically. If you require psychological treatment because of the bed bugs, your treatment may be included in your medical expenses as well.
Pain and Suffering
The physical and mental discomfort associated with the bed bug incident may be reimbursed. However, you may need to support your claims with documentation, such as medical reports.
A bed bug infestation can be difficult to eliminate, and some drastic measures may be necessary. If you have had to discard some of your belongings, such as mattresses, furnishings, or clothing, you may be able to seek compensation.
Move Out Costs
Sometimes, the only way to stop the bites is to move out. If you have had to move due to a bed bug infestation, your moving costs, such as the cost to rent a truck or hire a moving company, may be reimbursable.
Extermination of a bedbug colony can be expensive. If you tried to eliminate the infestation by calling a pest control company, your extermination costs may also be included in your compensation request.
Bed bug infestations at hotels and rental properties can result in damages. If you have been injured from a bed bug infestation, you may be able to seek compensation. Contact a personal injury lawyer (such as one from Elliott & MacLean LLP) today to discuss your legal options.