What legal actions can be taken if I purchased a bed from rent-a-center and later found out that it was infected with bed bugs?

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What legal actions can be taken if I purchased a bed from rent-a-center and later found out that it was infected with bed bugs?

My kids were bitten several times before we discovered that was the problem. We called the store to inform them. They immediately sent out an inspector who discovered that the bed did have bugs. He also checked the other bed that was in the room and he checked the rest of the house and said that there was no signs of anu y other bed bugs. My kids have been sleeping on the floor for the lst 5 days. My wife and I now have to take every thing out of the room so that the exterminator can fumigate it. My kids have pretty much been banned from their room.

Asked on March 2, 2013 under Business Law, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

For being sold a defective and unhealthy product, you would have grounds to seek reimbursement of any costs (e.g. doctor's visits and medication; extirmination; etc.) which you incur. If the rent-a-center will not voluntarily reimburse you these costs, you'd have to sue to recover them; one cost-effective option is to sue in small claims court, acting as your own attorney.


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