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If you experience a bed bug infestation, you might not realize the problem is not your fault. If this happens – and you have an idea of where the bud bugs came from – you can speak to a Greenville bed bug attorney from Hammack Law Firm about your situation.

You may be able to recover financial compensation to cover the damages and injuries you suffered because of the bed bugs situation. Plus, you need to know what should happen on your end, common bed bug culprits, and how these cases are generally resolved. To learn more, you can speak with our legal team during a free case consultation.

Available Compensation for Bed Bug Infestation

While a bed bug infestation might seem minor compared to other personal injury cases, it can turn out to be quite serious. Everyone in your family or group will likely require medical attention, you might miss work, or you could fall quite ill. As a result, you could be eligible to receive several forms of compensation.

Generally, compensation for bed bug infestations can include:

  • Medical expenses, which should include all doctor’s visits, medications, procedures, etc.
  • Lost wages or business income
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Mental or emotional distress linked to the infestation and its aftermath
  • Extermination costs
  • Lost personal property

Under Sojourner v. Autozone Inc et al, any business can be held liable for a bed bug infestation (or any other personal injury) if it does not keep its facility in good condition.

We Will Work to Determine Who’s Liable for the Bed Bugs Infestation

Determining who is responsible for your bed bugs infestation could require legal help. Our Greenville bed bug lawyer is ready to offer to hear your story and offer responsive legal care. You can share information with our attorney that could help them find the source or cause of the bed bugs infestation. We can open an investigation to determine where you could have encountered the bed bugs.

As our legal team investigates, you should not reach out to anyone involved. You can speak with your attorney, send them any phone calls or emails you receive, and allow them to schedule all meetings. Ultimately, this investigation will determine who should be named in any legal action you take.

When Should You Hire a Lawyer?

If you want to take legal action, you should consider hiring an attorney as soon as possible. In South Carolina, you have three years to file an injury case. If you miss this deadline, you risk losing your chance to recover damages. We will file your case on time if you hire us. It takes time to investigate your case, collect evidence, and speak with witnesses and other involved parties, so the sooner you start, the better.

Understanding How Comparative Negligence Work in South Carolina

Under S.C. Ann. § 15-38-15, comparative negligence can apply to personal injury claims. This means the defense could attempt to show you were somehow liable for your injuries or suffering. If the defense can make its case, your compensation will be reduced by the amount the court deems you to be responsible.

For example, if you were to receive a $100,000 settlement, but the court determines you were 45 percent liable for the incident, you would only receive $55,000. If the defense can prove you are more than 50 percent liable for the incident, you would receive no compensation at all.

Hiring an attorney can help you avoid this situation. Our Greenville bed bug lawyer knows how to build a strong claim and seek a favorable settlement on your behalf or argue for your financial recovery at trial.

Where do Bed Bugs Come From?

Bed bugs are a serious issue in multifamily housing, hotels, and short-term vacation rentals, among other places. This means you could come home with bed bugs at any time and have no idea that you did.

Generally, bed bugs hide in the sheets or linens that allow them to burrow and reproduce. This is most common on beds – hence the name – but they can thrive anywhere from fabric headboards in hotels to:

  • Couches and other upholstery
  • Stacked towels
  • Clothing
  • Stored linens
  • Carpeting
  • Area rugs

It helps to check for bed bugs when you arrive in a new space. Checking for bed bugs should be a coordinated effort among all the people in your party. Plus, you should check your home for bed bugs from time to time to ensure you are in the clear.

How to Check for Bed Bugs

Use these simple steps to check for bed bugs in any space no matter how long you plan to stay there:

  • Check under desks, beds, bedside tables, etc.
  • Check in the cushions of furniture
  • Pull back curtains
  • Check behind electrical outlets
  • Check hiding spots in electrical items like TVs and DVD players
  • Check under lamps, clocks, or loose toys
  • Lift rugs
  • Peel back loose wallpaper
  • Check piles of clothes
  • Check piles of linens

Generally, bed bugs are small and red or brown. You might find stains from crushed bed bugs. You might also find droppings depending on how long the infestation has gone on.

Call Hammack Law Firm Today for a Free Consultation

A bed bug infestation is a serious matter, and you should handle it promptly. Your situation may call for legal action. You can call Hammack Law Firm’s legal team at (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 and learn more about your legal options during a free consultation.

You can work with a Greenville bed bug lawyer, who can collect your information, determine fault, and file an injury suit on your behalf. You can focus on recovering from the incident while your attorney focuses on your best legal interests. We are a contingency law firm. If you do not win your case, we will not charge you any attorney’s fees.

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