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New Jersey is a state in the northeastern region of the U.S. and has the 11th biggest population.
(8.8 million people as of 2019).
This state has a multifaceted economy, centering around biotech, finance, and pharmaceuticals.
As a host to several businesses and twenty-four Fortune 500 companies, many residents are flocking to New Jersey for work.
Another draw is the state’s tourism.
With major attractions like Atlantic City, beachfront water parks, and liberty state parks, this state is a prime spot for travelers going through the East Coast.
Though New Jersey is thriving in many perspectives, it is not without its problems.
One of which is the state’s pest control problem. And of those pests…
The bed bug has been by far the worst.
Bed Bugs NJ
Bed bug infestations have been plaguing residents and travelers in New Jersey for decades.
Even though bed bugs were largely eradicated in the 1950s…
They have since made an intense comeback.
Not only can bed bugs cause irritating and unsightly bites, but they also can be a nightmare to get rid of.
According to exterminators in NJ, bed bugs are the hardest pests to remove due to their resiliency to pesticides and affinity to hide in hard to reach places.
Luckily if you do experience bed bugs…
You may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries.
New Jersey Bed Bug Lawyers
Property owners can be held liable for people that experience injuries or financial losses from bed bugs in their homes or hotels.
Therefore, if you experience bed bugs in places like:
You may be able to file a bed bug lawsuit and get a potential payout.
Therefore, you should call us at (855) 733-9217 or submit your case here to get connected with a bed bug personal injury lawyer who can walk you through the next steps.
Whether it be a small case, or a complicated multifaceted situation, we will connect you with lawyers that are interested in your unique bed bug circumstance.
The BEST part is there are absolutely no fees unless you win your case.
You should note that the value of your compensation will depend on a variety of factors:
Number of Bites:
The greater the physical injuries, the larger your potential case settlement value could be.
Pain & Suffering:
Beyond physical injury, if you experienced…
- Disturbed sleep
- Social isolation
- Or general suffering,
this could add to the level of damages within your case.
Expenses or Financial Loss:
This involves whether you endured medical bills, lost wages, a ruined vacation, or the cost of extermination. Any expenses you dealt with that were directly related to bed bugs will come into play.
NJ Bed Bug Laws
If you’re a tenant or the customer of a temporary residence, it’s critical that you know your legal rights.
Tenants who live in buildings with more than one apartment, should notify their landlords immediately after the discovery of an infestation.
(The report must be in writing).
The courts in New Jersey have said that it is the landlord’s duty to provide tenants with safe and habitable apartments that are not infested by pests.
This state is more friendly toward tenants than most…
This is because:
Under the warranty of habitability, unless the landlord can prove the tenant brought the infestation, it is the landlord’s duty to exterminate.
If you live in a multi-family building, state law specifically states it’s the landlord’s duty if the bugs are in more than one apartment.
If you rent a single-family home…
The bed bug responsibility will likely fall on you unless you can prove the landlord brought in bed bugs.
One of the easiest ways to get a landlord to pay is if you can prove bed bugs were there before you moved in.
Bed Bugs in New Jersey Hotels
Bed bugs love making an unwelcomed appearance into New Jersey hotel rooms…
And while these hotels strive to keep this information quiet, it’s important that people understand the breadth of the situation.
Websites like bedbugreports.com and Trip Advisor are good resources to research about bed bug related complaints in hotels.
Once you check into a hotel. You should also look for signs of an infestation before you spend the night.
When inspecting the room you should look in areas like:
- Around the bed frame
- Within the folds of the mattress
- Under or behind furniture
- Along the baseboards
Luckily, you can see bed bugs with the naked eye, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to spot an infestation if one exists.
What Should I do if I was Bitten at an NJ Hotel?
If you have been bitten or you simply suspect there might be an infestation in your hotel room…
You should follow these steps:
- Identify the Infestation:
This step is critical because bed bugs are often mistaken for similar-looking insects. You can determine the pest infestation is in fact bed bugs by understanding what active bed bugs look like or by looking at the physical traits of their bites.
- Gather Evidence:
Now that you have confirmed the room has bed bugs, you should proceed by taking pictures and videos of the insects. This could be pictures of bed bug droppings, their bites, or of live bugs crawling around the room.
- Report the Infestation:
Contact the hotel front desk and explain that there is an infestation. You should document the conversation in writing and ensure the hotel responds to you in a timely manner.
- Talk to a Lawyer:
Navigating bed bug cases can be tricky, so it’s critical that you get the help of a lawyer to take you through these next steps. You can do so by giving us a call at (855) 733-9217 or by submitting your case for a consultation today!
Note: Do not accept a refund or any type of gift from the hotel as a result of your bed bug complaint. This could potentially hurt your ability to file a lawsuit.
Bed Bug Case Examples
$300,000 settlement – A couple spent a weekend at a romantic hotel for their honeymoon. After the second night, they both woke up with multiple bites on their upper bodies. Unknowingly the couple brought bed bugs to their home which then infested the wife’s mother and father who had lived with them at the time. The couple sued for the injuries that the wife’s parents experienced, along with pain & suffering, and medical expenses.
$750,000 settlement – A family of four traveled to NJ to visit family. After the very first night at an old motel, the twin boys awoke with burning sensations on their skin. The hotel refused to take accountability and the boys ended up suffering from over 30 bites each.
Long-term symptoms of the bites included keloid scars and emotional trauma which amounted to a significant level of damages.
Here are some notable hotels in New Jersey
- Hampton Inn & Suites Bridgewater
- Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Newark
- Hyatt House Bridgewater
- Sheraton Lincoln Harbor
- Hilton East Brunswick Hotel
New Jersey Bed Bugs Consultation
If you or a loved one were injured by bed bugs in a New Jersey hotel, apartment, or another location, you may be entitled to financial compensation. There is no case too complex for us to handle, so your unique situation can be trusted in our hands. Give us a call at (855) 733-9217 for your free consultation. There are no fees unless you win your case.