How much should I ask for injuries due to bee stings caused by my neighbor’s negligence?

UPDATED: Jul 22, 2010

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How much should I ask for injuries due to bee stings caused by my neighbor’s negligence?

I was mowing a lawn at the vacant house next to mine as I was contracted to do when bees attacked me from the side of the house next door. The bees have been at the house for several years and no obvious action had been made to remove them within the last 5 years. The bees covered my head, went into my ears, neck with addition stings on my legs and arms. I was transported to the emergency room in two separate incidents. I have suffered headaches, itching, swelling, nightmares and extreme anxiety, and general malaise. He received a citation from the city.

Asked on July 22, 2010 under Personal Injury, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

In PI cases, you can generally recover:

1) Unreimbursed or out of pocket medical costs (e.g. costs not picked up health insurance, medicare or medicaid, etc.)

2) Lost wages from not being able to work

3) Pain and suffering for serious injuries--usually at the level of broken bones or major, at least temporarily disabling soft tissue injuries; even if your headaches, itching, etc. rose to that level, if you only suffered it for a few days, the potential recovery is low.

4) Other out of pocket costs; e.g. did you have to hire someone to take care of your own home for a few weeks, because you didn't? Did you miss out on a vacation and experience nonrefundable costs because you were injured? Etc.

As a general rule of thumb, unless you suffered some degree of permanent disability--or at  least a few months of pain, disability, etc.--or lost at least $2k+ of lost wages or other out of pocket costs, it would not be worth actually suing. It may be worth submitting a claim to the homeowner's insurance of the homeowner, even for a lower amount, and seeing if they deem it worthwhile to compensate you. An attorney can help you evaluate whether to take action, what kind of action to take, and also help with pressing a claim against insurance even if you later decide to not actually file a lawsuit. Many personal injury attorneys will provide a free initial consultation and may also work on contingency (i.e. they only get paid if you get paid).

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

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