Florida Personal Injury Attorneys Dell & Schaefer Settle Bed Bug Case
24 year-old Florida man eaten alive by bed bugs
A 24 year-old Miami man awoke one morning to the feeling of being eaten alive. He turned on his bedside lamp, looked down at his body and saw thousands of little bugs feeding on his flesh. He jumped out of his bed and began to swat at all of the bugs on his body. He swatted himself so many times that the majority of his body was flush red. He immediately ran into his bathroom and jumped into the shower. He described that shower as the longest shower he has taken in his life.
Florida Bed Bug victim attempts to locate the source of his problem
After getting out of the shower and toweling off, the man began to look around his apartment to determine the source of the bugs. He had no idea what type of bugs these were or where they could’ve come from. He assumed they were red ants due to the painful bites he received. At that point, he had never heard of bed bugs and never assumed there would be any bed bugs in his apartment. He considered himself a very hygienic person and cleaned his apartment regularly. He was bewildered as to how an infestation of any type of bug could have occurred in his apartment. After looking around his apartment for a few minutes, he decided to look under his mattress. He lifted up the corner of the mattress and was shocked by what he saw. Thousands of what appeared to be small black bugs nesting in the corners of his mattress. He was disgusted by this site. He immediately left his apartment and went down to the management office to report his findings.
Bed bug victim files complaint with apartment complex
Our client went down to the management office of his apartment complex and complained of the bugs he found. He was immediately told these bugs were bed bugs and that he must’ve brought them into his apartment, creating an infestation. He was perplexed by this accusation. He researched the topic of bed bugs and realized that it could not have been his fault. He had not gone out of town in a very long time and had no visitors. He had not bought any used furniture and had not brought any items into his apartment which could have contained the bugs. He also could not understand why the management office would accuse him of wrongdoing before conducting any inspection whatsoever.
Florida bed beg victim hires an exterminator
The management office for the apartment complex notified our client that they would have an exterminator come into his apartment in an effort to get rid of the bed bugs. Suspicious of management’s activities, our client decided to hire an exterminator of his own. Our client’s exterminator arrived that same day to help rid the apartment of the bugs. The exterminator made a very disturbing find. He found that the bugs were, in fact, bed bugs. He also found that the bugs were present in almost every area of the apartment. He found the bugs in both of our client’s mattresses, in the corners of the apartment under the carpet, in his closet and in some of his clothing and many other places. He noted that the bugs appeared to be entering the apartment through very small cracks in the wall where the wall met the ceiling. The exterminator also stated that he was called by several other people residing in the apartment building who had similar complaints. The exterminator was of the opinion that the entire apartment complex was infested with bed bugs.
Florida rental complex refuses to admit bed bug problem
The next day, the exterminator hired by the apartment complex examined our client’s apartment. This exterminator was also of the opinion that the bugs were indeed bed bugs but did not agree that the bugs were part of a bigger problem with the apartment complex. Instead, the exterminator claimed that our client was the only renter with bed bugs and that he must have brought the bugs into his apartment from another location. The exterminator ignored the cracks in the walls and dismissed the notion that the bugs could have been infesting the entire complex.
Florida bed bug victim hires Dell and Schaefer
Upset with being accused of bringing bed bugs into his own home, the 24 year-old Miami bed bug victim decided to hire the attorneys at the Law office of Dell and Schaefer. Our attorneys were able to speak with the exterminator hired by our client and learned that he was a highly skilled and credible exterminator. We were able to get a report of his findings which were contrary to the findings of the exterminator hired by the complex. Our expert monitored the cracks in the walls and came to a conclusion that the bugs were nesting in these cracks, amongst other places, and were able to come and go between the apartments in the complex. Based on this information, our lawyers filed a negligence claim against the complex.
Attorneys Dell and Schaefer settle bed bug case
Based on the findings of our extermination expert, coupled with our client’s testimony, our attorneys were able to show negligence on behalf of the apartment complex. The attorneys at the Law Office of Dell and Schaefer were able to get our client compensated for his medical damages as well as pain and suffering. We were also able to get our client completely compensated for his entire property damage claim including, but not limited to, two mattresses, several pairs of shoes, many clothing items and other miscellaneous items. Our client was very appreciative of the outcome of his case. He happily reported being able to receive enough compensation to move out of the infested apartment complex and into a new, bed bug free apartment.
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