A bed bug infestation is a problem that no one wants to have to deal with, especially if the infestation occurred by the fault of someone else. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to deal with the aftermath of a bed bug infestation and you believe your hotel or landlord is responsible, it is important to speak with an attorney right away. Contact the bed bug attorneys at the Peck Law Group today to discuss your potential for bringing a case against the party or parties at fault for the bed bug infestation you have suffered through.
Under California law, landlords owe their tenants a certain duty of care to make sure that their property is kept in a livable condition for their tenants. This is called the implied warranty of habitability. This warranty is implied in every rental agreement in California, even if not explicitly stated in the terms of the lease; and it cannot be waived by either the landlord or the renter. If you have recently entered into a rental agreement for a new home or apartment and have encountered bed bugs, it is possible that your landlord is in violation of the implied warranty of habitability and you may, therefore, be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered as a result.
A hotel owner also owes a duty to their customers and must keep the premises of the hotel (including both rooms and any common areas) clean and sanitary. Bed bug infestations can occur in both lower and higher-end hotels. A common reason for an infestation of bed bugs at hotels is the negligence of the staff. If the rooms and common areas are not kept clean and up to certain standards, bed bugs may be one of the many consequences of this negligence.
Bed bugs are commonly found in beds, particularly in mattresses. Since bed bugs thrive in dark and warm environments, they may also be present in pillows, pillowcases, and bedding. If your hotel room or rental home or apartment has bed bugs, you may not notice it right away, but within a few days, you may notice red, itchy marks all over your skin. These marks typically develop into itchy welts and tend to form in groups of three. These bites can be painful, itchy, and can leave scars. You may also require medical care for bed bug bites. Bed bugs typically live up to ten months, so once you suspect a bed bug infestation, it is imperative to get it taken care of right away.
If your landlord or a hotel you recently stayed at is at-fault for the bed bug infestation you have suffered, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries. This compensation may include the cost of your medical bills, pain and suffering, moving and relocation costs, and inspection and extermination costs. Call the bed bug attorneys at The Peck Law Group today for a consultation to determine if you have a case for your bed bug injuries.
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