Bed Bug InformationBed bugs are small creatures that feast on human blood during the night when the hosts are asleep. They are flat and round-bodied, of a dark brown complexion, and get around by crawling. They tend to come out at night to maximize the time they have to drink blood. You may not even be aware of an infestation for some time, given that the bugs can go for months without needing to feast on anything. When they bite their victims, the victims often do not feel anything thanks to the anesthetic present in the saliva of the bed bugs. They are then able to drink for a few minutes at a time while the blood refuses to clot thanks to an anticoagulant present in the saliva as well. The bugs will often make a zigzag pattern as they move around the exposed parts of the body; many people suffer bed bug bites on their arms and bellies. Bites do not usually show up immediately they can take a few hours or even days to manifest, but when they do, they appear as small red welts that are not terribly itchy but may be susceptible to discomfort. In some cases, victims have terribly adverse effects to the bites and have allergic reactions, which can cause immediate health issues. Others will scratch too much and cause the bites to open and turn into festering sores. If you need to identify bed bugs, you should look in damp, dark places, corners, and crevices. You may find them behind electrical outlets, behind baseboards and headboards, in mattress folds, underneath couches and upholstery, inside cushions and pillows, in dresser drawers, and more. The signs of them can include small white eggs in bunches, shed exoskeletons from juveniles bugs, blood stains on sheets, small brown mounds or droppings on the bed and near where victims sleep, and more. If you find the bugs themselves, it is important that you immediately leave and try to keep them contained to one area.
Landlord Responsibility To TenantsAlthough many individuals in mobile home parks own their own trailers, not all do and are instead renters. In some states, it is the responsibility of the landlord to clean up and exterminate bed bugs no matter who caused them to enter the home. All tenants are afforded a clean and sanitary living quarters and must not be subjected to filth or contamination. However, at times, the landlord can only be held responsible if he were aware of the infestation prior to a tenant moving in and he chose to do nothing about it, if he caused the infestation, or if he should have been reasonably aware of it as any diligent landlord would have been. Bed bugs may be found in a mobile home if the previous tenant brought them in and then moved out. The landlord could also have furnished the trailer with used furniture from a store without properly inspecting anything or cleaning it. It is important that tenants conduct an investigation themselves to see if there are any bed bugs or signs of bed bugs in the trailer prior to moving in. Once a tenant has moved in, it is much harder to sue a mobile home park for bed bugs. However, you may be able to have a more relevant claim if you found the bed bugs in a common area. For example, the laundry center is usually open to all tenants, and the maintenance of the area is on the park owner. If there are bed bugs found in the center, it is the responsibility of the owner to remove them, and he could be liable for any ensuing damages that come from the creatures or any infestations.
What To Do If You Find Bed Bugs In Your Mobile HomeIf you find bed bugs in your mobile home, you should take steps to make sure you are safe, free from additional harm, and have adequate evidence to file a claim. Firstly, you should locate the bed bugs or signs of them and take as many photos and videos as you can. This will allow you to keep a record of the bugs without having to keep the furniture or not exterminate the house. You can also take pictures of your bites and the injuries you suffered as a result. You should then gather all the medical notes, hospital receipts, doctor’s notes, and more that you got when you went to the doctor for medical treatment. You should always make sure to go to the hospital or see a physician after being bitten. It is extremely important for many reasons. For one, even though bed bugs may not carry certain diseases, they can still cause infections, and it is much better to be healthy than to take the risk. Further, if you do not get medical treatment quickly, the insurance agent can claim that you were obviously bitten elsewhere or that the problem was caused by you and not your landlord. Once you have found the bed bugs and taken photos of them, you should alert your landlord to the problem. He may not believe he is liable for any extermination, but you can double check to make sure he is on the hook. It is highly recommended that you call a skilled mobile home bed bug attorney to help you with your case if you feel that your landlord is responsible for the damages caused by the infestation and is refusing any help or assistance. We can make sure that you are fairly treated by your landlord.
Compensation From A Bed Bug LawsuitA bed bug lawsuit can net you various forms of compensation for your damages. We’ll help you earn the following:
- Medical expenses from the doctor’s visits and treatment at the hospital, from the past and future
- Property damage for any goods and belongings that were damaged or needed to be thrown out or replaced after the infestation
- Loss of income due to missed days at work because you could not travel, had to temporarily relocate, had no access to your belongings or clothes, and more (as well as future lost wages if applicable)
- Pain and suffering damages to cover anxiety, fear, PTSD, mental scarring, psychological trauma, and more because of the emotional ordeal of the bed bug infestation
- Reimbursement for extermination and treatment of your home if you acted immediately
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