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Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human blood and prefer to live in warm areas, which is why they are drawn to bedding and other sleep areas. Given their shy nature, they are typically only active at night. Operators of hotels and owners of apartment complexes have a duty to their guests and tenants to ensure their place of living is not rife with harmful or unsanitary conditions, including bed bug infestations. However, not all owners and operators take this duty seriously, and many fail to inspect for bed bugs and take the precautions required to eliminate an infestation of these harmful parasites.
Everyone reacts differently to bed bug exposure, sometimes having experiencing extreme side effects, or none at all. More often than not, however, individuals might experience one or more of these common symptoms:
Although it is not a common side effect, it is possible for severe cases to lead to post bite infections or the transmittal of pathogens such as MRSA, hepatitis B, C, and E, and arboviruses. There is also an economic cost associated with bed bugs, which can render furniture, beddings, and clothing unusable.
There are two liability issues when it comes to bed bugs:
On the first issue, Massachusetts law protects the tenant, requiring that the landlord treats and pays for the extermination of bed bugs. If your landlord fails to do so, you have a right to stop paying rent until the problem is fixed.
For injuries, the operator or owner would be held liable, and the claim would be filed like any other personal injury claim. As such, the personal injury statute of limitations would also apply, which is three years from the date of the injury in the state of Massachusetts.
Hotel operators and owners of apartment buildings will often try to conceal any knowledge they might have had regarding an infestation or try to argue that the issue did not originate on their property. That is why it is important for you to do your due diligence do everything within your power to begin strengthening your case.
You should also be sure to contact a premises liability attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. It is likely the property owner or manager will do what they can to avoid responsibility and a skilled and experienced attorney will know what to do to protect your rights.
Before filing a lawsuit, send your landlord a written demand letter, which states your legal rights and what you want from the landlord. Your attorney can help you prepare this letter. Additionally, you should also take some time to prepare the evidence for your case, such as photos of the problem and your injuries, complaint letters you sent to your landlord or manager, and statements from other tenants in the building who are also likely suffering from the same problem. If you hired an exterminator, keep the receipts.
In addition to compensation for your personal injuries, such as pain and suffering caused by the bug bites, you will also be able to sue your landlord or a hotel operator for:
Bed bugs do not just inflict physical injury. An infestation can be devastating and often lead to deep psychological trauma in victims, impacting all aspects of life, including work. These parasites might be small, but the problem is quite big and warrants legal action, especially when landlords and hotel operators are unwilling to effectively address the problem. Instead of suffering in silence, seek the legal assistance of a skilled premises liability attorney. A Good Law Firm has a team of experienced attorneys in Springfield with a passion for justice and a commitment to obtaining real results.
Backed by over 37 years of personal injury experience and a track record of success, you can be confident in our ability to effectively represent your case.
Contact us today at (413) 650-1988 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about what we can do for you. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you will not owe us any legal fees unless we win your case!