New York City Bed Bugs Lawyer
If you’ve been injured because of bed bugs and believe a negligent property owner or landlord is to blame, you may be entitled to compensation. Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. will help you fight to hold them accountable and get you the money you deserve.
Our New York City bed bug injury lawyers have been working hard on behalf of injury victims for more than four decades. We’ve helped tens of thousands of clients recover meaningful compensation. In fact, in total, we’ve recovered in excess of $1 billion in jury awards and financial settlements. Call our New York City law firm today to find out how we can help you, too.
We offer a free, no-obligation case assessment, so contact our legal team to schedule yours today.
Why Should I Call a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Bed Bug Injury?
Bed bugs can cause a lot of damage. That’s why landlords and business owners in New York have to take certain precautions to prevent infestations and keep tenants and guests safe. When they don’t, it’s innocent people like you who have to suffer the consequences. Fortunately, you may have the right to seek compensation for things like medical bills, property damages, and even emotional distress.
However, beg bug injury cases can be challenging. You’ll need to prove that someone was negligent and, and as a result, put you in the position you find yourself in now. You’ll have to prove that you’ve been harmed because they were negligent or careless in some way. That can be tough to do, especially when you’re challenged every step of the way. That’s why the best thing to do is to call the experienced NYC bed bug lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. for help.
When you need us, we’ll be there. Our team will do everything we can to maximize your financial recovery. Among other things, we will:
- Investigate your bed bug injury
- Determine where you picked up bed bugs and if that could have been prevented
- Identify all potentially liable parties
- Work closely with experts to make sure we appreciate the present and future value of your damages
- Go toe-to-toe with insurance companies, property owners, and anyone else who tries to deny you the compensation you need.
Give our NYC injury lawyers a call to schedule your free consultation and learn more today.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small parasitic pests roughly the size of an apple seed. They survive by feeding on the blood of an animal or human host. To feed, bed bugs pierce the host’s skin and insert a long beak into the host to withdraw blood for anywhere between 3 and 10 minutes. After feeding, bed bugs transform from flat, brown creatures to round, red ones.
How Common Are Bed Bugs in NYC?
Bed bugs are a fairly common issue and nuisance across New York City. In fact, NYC is the second-worst in the nation, right behind Philadelphia. Every year, there are thousands of reports of apartment buildings, hotels, and businesses with infestations. The city issues violations to landlords and owners who aren’t in compliance with local habitability requirements. A review of those violations, issued between 2014 and 2018, reveals that these parts of the city have the most reported bed bug problems:
- Flatbush, Brooklyn
- West Harlem, Manhattan
- Morrisania, Bronx
- Tremont, Bronx
- Wakefield, Bronx
- Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Bronx
- Concourse, Bronx
- Highbridge, Bronx
- Central Harlem, Manhattan, and
- Belmont, Bronx.
As you can see, the Bronx seems to have the city’s biggest bed bug problem. Manhattan isn’t far behind, with dozens of reports of violations every year.
Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?
Bed bugs can’t fly, but they are fast on their legs. They tend to gravitate toward places where they’re most likely to find a warm-blooded host. In fact, they’re attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide. That’s why it’s common to find bed bugs hiding in:
- Sheets and linens
- Beds and mattresses
- Couches and furniture
- Carpet, and
This is not an exhaustive list, simply an illustration of where you’re most likely to find an infestation.
Why Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?
It’s not believed that bed bugs are capable of transmitting disease. However, they can still cause a lot of pain, suffering, and damage.
Health Problems and Injuries
Bed bug bites can cause and lead to a host of injuries, including:
- Cuts and scrapes
- Puncture wounds
- Allergic reaction
- Tissue damage
- Disfigurement, and
- Itching and redness.
Do you notice bite marks on your body? Get to the doctor. Severe bites, left untreated, can put you at risk of infection and serious health issues.
Bed bugs don’t just inflict physical injuries. Bite victims often report experiencing emotional distress, including, but not limited to:
- Anxiety, and
The emotional toll of a bed bug infestation and resulting injuries can easily interfere with your ability to enjoy your life.
Bed bugs don’t just harm their human hosts. They can also cause significant damage to property including, but not limited to, clothing, bedding, and furniture.
We Handle All Bed Bug Cases in New York City
At Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C., our experienced bed bug lawyers are prepared to help you fight for compensation for injuries related to a bed bug infestation. We represent clients with bed bug cases involving:
- Apartment buildings
- Office buildings, and more.
Give our law firm a call today to find out if you might be entitled to compensation for your bed bug injuries. We’re always available for you – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 2365 days a year.
Liability for Bed Bug Injuries in New York
Bed bug cases are a type of premises liability matter. Simply put, when you rent an apartment or a room in a hotel, you’re entitled to a place that’s safe for you and your family. Here’s what you need to know.
Under New York law, there’s an implied warranty of habitability that attaches to homes and residences. That’s legalese for your home has to be a place where you can live comfortably. Among other things, this legal doctrine means that your landlord has to make sure that you have running water, a functioning heating system, and an up-to-date (and code) fire detection system.
It also means that your landlord has to take reasonable steps to prevent bed bug infestations. If there is an infestation, the landlord has to do something about it. Once there’s been an infestation, New York City law requires that this information be disclosed to tenants in writing. If they don’t do these things, you can potentially hold them financially responsible for the harm you suffer.
Bed bugs are also problematic at hotels in New York City. When you rent a room, you expect that it will be clean and a safe space for you to relax, unwind, and sleep. In order for that to happen, there can’t be bed bugs. That’s why hotels are required to take steps to make sure there’s no infestation. Reasonable steps include changing bed sheets between guests and regularly cleaning rooms.
Unfortunately, hotels don’t always take these steps. That’s when bed bugs can get out of control. If you find that you’ve suffered bed bug injuries because of a hotel stay in NYC, you might be able to hold the owner accountable.
Damages Available to NYC Bed Bug Injury Victims
When you call Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. for help with your NYC bed bug injury lawsuit, we’ll aggressively seek compensation for all of your damages. This might include:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Cost of pest control services
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Lost wages
- Disability, and more.
We want to be sure that you’re not paid less money than you deserve. That’s why we work closely with leading injury, psychiatric, and vocational experts. They can help us appreciate your injuries and grasp how they might impact your life. We’ll seek compensation for the damages you have today, as well as for those that you’ll likely experience in the future.
You Have a Limited Time to Assert Your Rights
It’s true – there’s a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. In New York, the statute of limitations for bed bug injury lawsuits is typically three years. That begins to run the moment you get hurt.
There are times when you may have more or less time to act. However, as a general rule, you’ll only have three years. If you wait too long to file your claim, you’ll be prohibited from getting any compensation at all.
Call Our NYC Bed Bug Lawyers Today
Have you or a loved one suffered injuries because you were bitten by bed bugs in NYC? Contact Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. to learn about your legal rights and options. If you’re entitled to compensation, we’ll do everything in our power to maximize your recovery. All you have to do is give our NYC law offices a call and schedule your free consultation to get started.