Anne Arundel County is located in Maryland. The county seat is Annapolis. Over 537,000 residents live there, with about 25% of the population renting apartments. In Anne Arundel County, apartment landlords and property managers, and hotel owners and operators, must provide apartments and hotel rooms to new tenants and guests free of all infestations, including bed bugs.
Due to the large tourist presence, many hotels and Airbnbs are available to accommodate the year-round influx. Along with tourists, however, the issue of bed bugs also arises. Bed bugs can be one of the most stressful incidents that anyone could suffer through. You may be exposed to the creatures when you’re on vacation at a hotel, or you may stay overnight at an Airbnb or rental only to find that the host has a bed bug infestation.
The experienced Maryland bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP can fight to secure justice and maximize your recovery. We will uphold your legal rights and protect you against unscrupulous landlords or property managers who might try to take advantage of you. Our bed bug attorneys have successfully handled numerous bed bug claims, giving our law firm a strategic edge in dealing with a variety of landlords and property managers. The Whitney law firm has recovered over $11 million for our clients in bed bug cases. Here is what our clients have to say about us. Attorney’s fees and case expenses are paid from only from compensation we recover for you.
Whitney, LLP handles bed bug infestation cases in the following area of Anne Arundel County, MD: Annapolis | Edgewater | Odenton | Severna Park | Crofton | Arnold | Deale | Cape Saint Claire | Riviera Beach | Herald Harbor | Galesville
WHAT ARE BED BUGS, WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?
There is a very common misconception that bed bugs can only live in dirty living spaces. This is however not the case as bed bugs can live in any type of condition, space, or other living quarters. By latching onto luggage and other carry-on bags, bed bugs can and will infest any living space they find appropriate.
Here are key facts about bed bugs:
- They have an anticoagulant and an anesthetic in their saliva, so they can bite you without causing pain and drink your blood for minutes at a time, undisturbed
- The creatures can only move by crawling, which is what primarily distinguishes them from fleas
- Bed bugs are small, flat, round-bodied, and reddish-brown in color, but they do swell and engorge once they have drunk their fill
- The insects are usually nocturnal, meaning they often only emerge from their nests at night to feed
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU’VE BEEN BITTEN BY BED BUGS?
You may not even know that you’ve been bitten by bed bugs, depending on how sensitive you are to the bites. Most individuals are moderately sensitive, producing physical responses like swelling, itching, and if some cases, blisters or rashes. These effects may persist for several weeks after the bite has been inflicted. A small handful of individuals suffer through serious complications, such as anaphylaxis, that require urgent medical treatment, as discussed in greater detail below. No matter what sort of physical response you experience, you should see your physician right away to get diagnosed and discuss your care plan.
BED BUG INFESTATION HEALTH RISKS
There are serious health risks associated with bed bug infestations. Examples of health problems that can be caused by bed bug bites include:
- Anaphylaxis – Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapid-onset, potentially fatal allergic response that affects a small percentage of people in the United States. Often connected with peanuts or bee stings, anaphylaxis can also be triggered by proteins in bed bug saliva, which enters the host’s body while the insect feeds. Warning signs of an anaphylactic reaction include confusion, weakness, nausea, facial swelling, and difficulty breathing.
- Skin Infections – Open wounds caused by picking or scratching at bed bug bites can trap bacteria and become infected. Secondary bacterial infections associated with bed bug infestations include lymphangitis, cellulitis, and impetigo.
In addition to these physical health issues, bed bug infestations can also cause victims to suffer from emotional distress. Reports of anxiety, depression, and insomnia are common among individuals who have experienced an infestation.
WHO IS LIABLE FOR BED BUGS IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY?
Bed bug liability is a complex issue that depends on a number of factors. You should consult an experienced bed bug lawyer in Maryland if you believe that your landlord or other parties could be at fault for your bed bug infestation. In Maryland, apartment units must be free of bed bugs (and other household pests) when the tenant moves into the unit. If a landlord fails to exterminate or disclose an infestation, he or she may be liable for resulting tenant injuries. Similar rules are applicable to hotels and motels.
SUING FOR A BED BUGS IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
The bed bug lawyers at Whitney, LLP research the city, county, and state codes where bed bug infestations occur and injure our clients. Tenants’ legal rights come from state law, common law, promises made in the lease, and from local laws, such as the county or city code. The Anne Arundel County Code and the Annapolis City Code are what largely govern landlords with respect to insect-free apartments and hotels in Anne Arundel County.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY BED BUG INJURY CLAIM ATTORNEYS
No one should be forced to bear the consequences of another person’s negligence regarding bed bugs– especially not when those consequences include physical injury, financial harm, and emotional distress. If you are dealing with a bed bug infestation and believe that your landlord, exterminator, or others are to blame, ask our attorneys about how we can help. You may have reason to file a personal injury claim, depending on how the infestation happened. To set up a free legal consultation, contact our law offices online, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 today.
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