Bed Bug Lawsuits

Bed Bug Lawyers – An Increasingly Popular Profession

bed bugAs bed bug infestations are showing up in more and more places, bed bug lawyers have become more and more popular. Getting rid of bed bugs is the least of commercial property owners’ worries now that these new lawyers are filing bed bug lawsuits. These new indirect costs that bed bug infestations are creating for bed bug lawyers and bed bug insurance far exceed the direct costs of bed bugs such as for bed bug mattress encasements and bed bug extermination.

bed bug mattress encasementIn Baltimore, on October 24th, the first bed bug lawsuit was reported by ABC news as “the first of what could end up binge many.” In this bed bug lawsuit, Kristen Saunders won $40,000 in damages because her apartment management took over a month to get rid of bed bugs from within her apartment. In Ohio, Knights Inn is facing its second bed bug lawsuit for failing to do their part in preventing bed bug infestations and inefficiently removing bed bugs from their motel rooms. Theres even a bed bug lawsuit against Knox County Jail, filed by a woman who claimed to be injured due to bed bug bites in her eye during the time she served in the jail.

These new lawsuits are perhaps more frightening than the bed bugs are themselves. Property owners better figure it out sooner than later that unless they take preventative measures they will not only face a bed bug infestation but likely, a bed bug lawsuit.

Bedbug tips for Property Owners:

  1. encasing every mattress and box spring to protect against bed bugs
  2. Bed bug extermination can cost between $4K and $10k or even more, depending on the size of your facility, and the degree of infestation. Buy encasements in bulk and save tons of money of mattress replacement while keeping the bed bugs out at the same time.
  3. Use metal headboards and closet hanging bars when ever possible
  4. Educate tenants about the threat of bed bugs. Tell them what bed bugs look like, how to spot them, and what to do if they turn up.
  5. Keep halls and public areas free of clutter
  6. Contact your local health authorities to learn more about your legal obligations regarding bed bugs, and have a plan of action ready to go if bed bugs turn up.

Read more about bed bug lawsuits at http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/hotel-faces-2nd-bedbug-lawsuit-1274614.html

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