BED BUG ATTORNEY FOR AUSTIN, TX
Austin currently sits as the capital of Texas and is the fastest growing city in the United States with thousands of people looking to move here for the city life as well as the culture that comes with it. Also known as “The Live Music Capital of the World” due to a wide variety of musicians and live music venues that call this place home, Austin has become a top-ranking city to move to among many professionals and recent college graduates. With all of this new heavy traffic coming into the city, hotels & apartments are being built at a record pace. Unfortunately, not all of these hotels, apartments, or Airbnbs have kept themselves up-to-date on safety and health standards as there have been reports of bed bug infestations throughout Austin.
If you find that your hotel room, apartment, or Airbnb has been infested with bed bugs, you should be sure to discuss your legal options with the Austin bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP. Depending on the situation you find yourself in, you may be eligible to receive proper compensation for the physical injury, emotional distress, or medical costs that the bed bugs caused you due to possible landlord negligence. Contact us either online or by our number at (410) 583-8000 for a free legal consultation today.
WHAT IS A BED BUG?
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that emerge at night to feed on the blood of their sleeping hosts. They will feed on humans, dogs, cats, birds, or other warm-blooded animals in their environment. In physical appearance, bed bugs are dark brown and oval-shaped, with small flattened bodies that expand and elongate while the insect is feeding. Bed bugs do not fly or make noise, which, combined with their tendency to hide from perceived threats, can make them difficult to detect.
Bed bugs are hardy, adaptable pests that can take over virtually any habitat. They prefer environments where their food source – blood – is plentiful, which means they are frequently found in apartment buildings, hotels, motels, and other buildings where large numbers of people reside.
DAMAGE FROM BED BUG BITES OR INFESTATIONS
If you were bitten by bed bugs, you know how painful and uncomfortable the bites can be. These bites often require medical treatment, especially if they become infected or you have an allergic reaction to the bites. In addition, suffering a bed bug infestation may mean throwing out or treating any damaged or infested items. This could ultimately mean losing clothes, luggage, beds, rugs, drapes, and other furniture or paying high fees for cleaning and treatment. Any of the financial harms you face because of the bed bug infestation could be claimed against the responsible parties.
In addition, you may be entitled to claim compensation for pain and suffering damages. These damages compensate you for the physical pain and discomfort you face as well as the mental and emotional distress of being subjected to a bed bug attack. In many cases, these damages can form the highest-value part of your lawsuit.
You may also be entitled to “punitive” damages in some cases. Also called “exemplary” damages, these damages are ordered against bad actors to punish them for serious cases of negligence that knowingly put others at risk as well as repeated instances of negligent bed bug attacks. Punitive damages can get you additional compensation, but they are rare, so it is important to talk to a lawyer about whether these damages are appropriate in your case.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A BED BUG INFESTATION
The first step to identifying bed bugs is knowing what they look like. Bed bugs, also known as Cimex lectularius, are small, parasitic insects which feed on human and/or animal blood, depending on what is available to them. They are oval-shaped yet flat in appearance, unless they have recently fed, when they become elongated and engorged with blood. Bed begs are normally medium to dark brown in color, with juveniles (“nymphs”) appearing lighter than adults.
There are several warning signs of a bed bug infestation, including the following:
- Molted bed bug skins
- Small, dark stains on your mattress
- The presence of bed bug eggs (or empty egg cases)
- Unusual odors, which can be caused by bed bugs releasing pheromones
OUR AUSTIN, TX BED BUG ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
If you or a loved one had their home infested with bed bugs or suffered bed bug bites while staying somewhere away from home, you may be entitled to sue the property owner or another responsible party for compensation. The Austin bed bug injury lawyers at Whitney, LLP offer free legal consultations to help you understand your options and learn what your claim might be worth. For help with your case, call Whitney, LLP today to set up a free legal consultation on your case. Our number is (410) 583-8000.