What are Bedbugs?Bed bugs, known scientifically as Cimex Lecturlarius, are parasites that survive by eating and sucking on human blood. They have become increasingly more hostile as they inject a numbing agent in an individual before they bite so that their prey does not notice them. They prey on their victims primarily at night, when people are generally sleeping and do not notice them. By the time the person feels the effects of the bite, it is usually far too late.
A San Francisco bed bug attorney is dedicated to protecting the rights of bed bug infestation victims across the Bay Area including San Francisco, Silicon Valley San Jose, Oakland, Richmond, Sacramento and Fremont.Bed bugs are small, and can enter a person’s home, luggage and clothing through even the smallest of crevices and reproduce at alarming rates. They can also survive long periods, reportedly up to eighteen months, without eating. Was I Bit By a Bed Bug: It is often difficult to decipher the difference between a bed bug bite and a bite by another form of insect. Because most bed bugs implant an anesthetic before they bite, most people simply wake up with the shock of dozens, and sometimes even hundreds of bite marks all over their body. The surest way to tell if you were bit by a bed bug is to find one near where the bite occurred. Bed bugs are small, flat insects that are a red and brown color. They hide anywhere people sleep including inside bed frames, mattresses, wall paper, under carpeting, inside chair cushions and dressers. They can fit through the smallest cracks in the wall, be discreet in wallpaper or any object around where people reside. Bed bug bites are similar to bites by mosquito, where they are swollen and red. The bite radius can vary in size. In severe cases, bed bug bites can result in bad swelling, allergic reactions, irritation, itching and in rare instances, insomnia and anaphylaxis.
Filing a Lawsuit – Who is Liable for my Bed Bug BitesBed bugs can happen anywhere. The fact is that bed bugs don’t discriminate, and therefore you are are just as likely to sustain bed big bites in an upscale hotel as would be in a value based motel or apartment complex, or any other living quarters. Therefore, liability for bed bug bites depend on several factors, including where and how an individual was bit. Below is a list of some of the most common bed bug injury issues:
Bed Bug in an Apartment Complex:Many people are under the assumption that they are immune to bed bugs in their homes; they would be wrong. In San Francisco, landlords have a duty to keep apartments safe and habitable. When they fail to do so, there is a breach of the implied warranty of habitability. In other words, if you have experienced injuries from bed bugs and a landlord fails to take action, the renter would have a cause of action against the landlord under the theory of breach of contract.
Bed Bugs in Hotels or Hospitals:Unlike apartment complexes, hotels and hospitals are generally short term living accommodations with high turnover rates. In San Francisco, the owners and managers of these establishments are responsible for making sure they are safe and habitable. Within that responsibility is the duty to ensure that it is clear of any bed bugs. Therefore, these hotels and hospitals would be liable for your damages for
- Violation of San Francisco Health and Safety Codes
- Breach of Implied Warranty of Habitability