Austin Bed Bugs Attorney
Bed bugs may be small, but they can certainly cause quite a bit of harm. An infestation can cause thousands of dollars in property damage and severe injuries. Bed bugs inject an anesthetic when they bite, preventing their hosts from realizing they’ve been bitten. As a result, bites often go undetected, leading to dangerous infections and complications.
Just because your apartment or hotel room looks clean doesn’t mean that there aren’t bed bugs. The little pests are great at hiding and can go months without a meal. It’s up to the owner of the hotel or apartment complex to stay on top of an infestation. If they don’t, you can suffer the consequences.
Have you been injured or suffered extensive property damage because of an Austin bed bug infestation? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP to learn about your legal options. Your first consultation is free, so call today.
Why Should I Call an Austin Bed Bug Injury Lawyer?
While you can pursue compensation for bed bug injuries on your own, it’s best to work with an experienced Auston injury lawyer. Here’s why you should contact the bed bug lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz for legal advice.
Determining cause and establishing liability can be tough. Our lawyers can carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding your bed bug injury. We’ll work hard to pinpoint the precise cause(s) of your bed bug injury and then identify everyone who may be to blame. You are entitled to money from everyone who contributed to your bed bug injury.
You’ll have to prove negligence. Just because you’ve been bitten by bed bugs doesn’t automatically mean that you will win a lawsuit. You will have the burden of proving that someone’s negligence in taking care of a hotel or apartment complex led to a bed bug infestation. This may require resources that you just don’t have. The attorneys at Lorenz & Lorenz know how to gather the information that’s necessary to support your claim for damages.
You may be blamed for the bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are hitchhikers. They’ll hitch a ride on pretty much any warm-blooded mammal. The property owner or landlord you’re trying to get money from will likely say that you brought the bed bugs onto the premises. They’ll try to shift as much of the blame to you as possible. If they’re successful, your ability to get the money you deserve can be compromised. Our bed bug lawyers work hard to protect you from these tactics.
It can be tough to know what your case is worth. How much should you be compensated for your bed bug injuries? If you try to handle your bed bug case on your own, you’ll probably let an insurance company answer that question. Our lawyers have relationships with some of the most respected experts in the greater Austin area. With their help, we’ll be in a better position to identify all of your damages and assess the real value of your case.
Put yourself in the best position to get the money you need to get back on your feet. Call the Texas bed bug injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz today.
Common Bed Bug Injuries
Bed bug bites, on their own, may not be particularly painful. In some cases, it can take weeks to even know that you’ve been bitten. However, some people will have a dangerous allergic reaction to the bites. Others will develop complications and infections over time.
Our attorneys are prepared to help you obtain compensation for all of your bed bug injuries, regardless of severity. Common bed bug injuries include:
- Skin irritation
- Allergic reaction
- Cuts and abrasions
- Tissue damage
- Anemia, and
Don’t underestimate the cost of a bed bug injury. Get medical treatment immediately. Then call our Austin law firm for help getting the money you deserve.
Where Do Bed Bug Injuries Typically Occur?
- Apartment buildings
- Hotels and motels
- Extended stay facilities
- Daycare centers and schools
- Nursing homes
- College dorms
- Movie theatres
- Public transportation, and
- Office buildings.
Bed bugs thrive in warm environments. They can typically be found in sheets and bedding, furniture, drapes and curtains, wallpaper, and even behind electric outlet covers.
Who is Liable for Austin Bed Bug Injuries?
Bed bug infestations can happen anywhere, even the most sanitary 5-star hotels. While it can be difficult to stop an infestation from happening, it is critical to eliminate one once it’s discovered. In Texas, this is precisely what property owners and landlords must do. If they fail to address a bed bug situation, they can be financially liable for injuries and property damage.
Landlords, in particular, have an obligation to ensure that premises are habitable. When you rent a room or apartment, you enjoy an implied warranty of habitability. This simply means that the premises are safe and clean. Landlords have to address issues that make your home uninhabitable.
Once a landlord becomes aware of a bed bug problem, they must take immediate steps to remove them. This can be as simple as calling a pest control company. Failing to do so is a violation of Texas landlord-tenant law. You can hold them financially responsible for your bed bug injuries.
Hotel Owners and Operators
Hotels, motels, and other room-for-rent facilities have to provide clean, sanitary rooms for guests. This includes fresh sheets and linens for each new guests. Rooms should be cleaned regularly to limit the likelihood of an infestation.
Bed bugs are a public health issue. If a hotel knows, or should know, about a bed bug problem, it has an obligation to get rid of them. Failing to do this is a breach of the duty of care a hotel owes to its guests.
Damages Available to Austin Bed Bug Injury Victims
Bed bug injuries and damage can be expensive. The horrors of a bed bug infestation can also haunt you for years. You’re dealing with the consequences of bed bug bites because a landlord or property owner was negligent. That person should be held fully accountable for the physical, emotional, and financial costs of your injuries.
When you file a bed bug injury lawsuit, you might be able to recover damages to compensate for:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Call the Austin bed bug injury attorneys at Lorenz & Lorenz for help getting the money you deserve.
When Do I Have to File a Bed Bug Injury Claim in Texas?
The state of Texas limits the amount of time you’ll have to pursue monetary damages. Generally speaking, you will have two years from the date you were injured to file a personal injury lawsuit. You can lose the right to get the money you need if you don’t file a claim before the statute of limitations expires.
Bed bug lawsuits can be complicated and time-consuming. You don’t have to navigate it on your own. In fact, you shouldn’t. Hiring an attorney gives you time to get better and puts you in the best position to maximize the settlement or award you receive.
Contact the experienced Austin bed bug lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz to schedule a free consultation. When you call, we’ll listen to your case and explain which legal options may be best for you.