Santa Barbara Bed Bug Lawyer
Bed bugs are small, round pests that are reddish-brown in color. Dealing with an insect infestation of any kind in your home is a nuisance, but bed bugs are particularly damaging. Bed bugs are parasites, and they feed off of warm-blooded people and animals. Their bites are red, small, and extremely itchy. It can take just a few hours for a person to become covered in bites. Bed bugs also hide in small crevices of furniture, including beds, couches, and chairs. When a person sits on infested furniture, the bugs can become crushed and leave behind unsightly stains. Getting rid of a bed bug infestation is extremely difficult. The pests can quickly spread throughout a home, and they are often resistant to many different treatments. If you are dealing with a bed bug infestation and someone else is to blame for it, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Our Santa Barbara bed bug lawyer can help you navigate the process.Common Damages in Bed Bug Claims
Bed bugs are known hitchhikers. When you enter an infested property, they can easily climb into luggage, clothing, and other items. After you arrive home, they will then emerge from their hiding spaces and quickly spread throughout the space. Once bed bugs are in your home, they can make life miserable. Not only will they bite any warm-blooded host in your home, but they can also damage your property. If your home is infested by bed bugs and someone else is at fault, you can file a claim against them to recover damages, or financial compensation. The most common damages in these claims are as follows:
- Medical expenses needed to treat bed bug bites
- The cost of repairing or replacing personal property that became damaged
- Extermination costs incurred to eliminate the infestation
- Rental costs and hotel expenses if you had to leave your home during treatment
- Anxiety or emotional distress if you cannot sleep or have suffered mentally due to the infestation
After reviewing the facts of your case, our Santa Barbara bed bug attorney can identify all of your losses and accurately value your claim.Bed Bug Waivers in Rental Properties
Landlords have a legal duty to ensure any unit they rent to a tenant is clean and habitable. This means a space must be completely free of bed bugs. Landlords sometimes include bed bug waivers in rental agreements, but these are not enforceable. A waiver does not relieve landlords of their legal obligations. Landlords only include these provisions in rental agreements to deter tenants from filing a lawsuit.
Filing a bed bug lawsuit against a landlord is not easy, though. You must prove that there was a bed bug infestation at the time you moved in. If you cannot prove that, the landlord will likely argue that you brought bed bugs into the space, and so, they are not liable.Our Bed Bug Lawyer in Santa Barbara Can Prove Your Case
At Brod Law Firm, our bed bug attorney in Santa Barbara has a long track record of helping clients successfully obtain the full settlement they deserve, and we will put that expertise to work for you. Call us now at (800) 427-7020 or connect with us online to schedule a free consultation and to get more information.