BED BUG LAWYER SERVICING BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD
Baltimore County, Maryland is home to 834,000 residents, with108,000 residents renting. The county seat is Towson. Baltimore County is home to many apartments and hotels, any of which may be infested with bed bugs without you being aware. In the unfortunate situation that you encounter bed bugs, or are bitten by them while staying in one of these complexes, Whitney, LLP can hold landlords accountable for their negligence.
In Baltimore 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.
If you are dealing with a bed bug infestation in Baltimore County, and suspect that the negligence of your landlord, hotel manager, or a pest control company may be to blame, turn to the experienced and aggressive bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP for help. Our law firm is heavily focused on bed bug litigation, giving our team cutting-edge insights into these cases and how to approach them. We will fight tirelessly to secure compensation for your medical bills, property damage, and other losses you have incurred due to the bed bug infestation. 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 areas in Baltimore County, MD, including: Towson | Catonsville | Owings Mills | Dundalk | White Marsh | Pikesville | Parkville | Essex | Middle River | Woodlawn | Rosedale | Arbutus
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE BED BUGS?
Belonging to the tiny Cimicidae family, bed bugs are parasitic, nocturnal, blood-sucking insects. Bed bugs tend to be around one-quarter of an inch in size to hide from predators. In regards to the colors of bed bugs, it can range from a pale yellow-brown to heavily dark brown, nearing almost completely black. These colors can change throughout a bed bug’s life span though depending on multiple factors such as their sex, age, and recent food intake.
While knowing how to identify a single bed bug is a step in the right direction, also being aware of how to detect an infestation in your home is just as important. Other than physically spotting a group of bed bugs, here are some common warning signs of a possible bed bug infestation:
- Small, jagged-edged stains on furniture that resemble a dark spot. These spots, which are commonly mixed up with leaky pens or markets, are a production of bed bugs getting crushed or defecating.
- Foul-smelling odors that are not common or unusual, sometimes being described as “musty” or “sweet” and very similar to different kinds of food.
WHAT DO BED BUG BITES LOOK LIKE?
Many people experience bed bug bites differently. The bites can lead to physical reactions ranging from no response to extremely severe. Bed bugs commonly swell up, which creates small, pinkish welts on your skin. These welts can be severely itchy and lead to skin irritation. In some cases, the bite marks can leave painful blisters, making rapid treatment harder.
The problem arises comparing bed bug bites to other insect bites. They usually get confused with spiders and mosquitoes, which can lead to a delay in realizing that there is even an infestation. After confirming a bed bug infestation, it is important to get diagnosed right away. This will help you acquire the appropriate treatment sooner and to help combat any infestation right away.
CAN BED BUGS HURT YOU?
In many individuals, bed bug bites do not pose and long term serious health issues. There are some out there though that are highly susceptible to bed bug bites, which increases that danger and can possibly lead to the worst-case scenario, death.
For example, there are some individuals that are sensitive to the proteins in bed bugs saliva called antigens. These antigens usually get injected into the victim when the bed bug bites them during the feeding. This sensitivity can cause serious allergic reactions in your body leading to what is called anaphylaxis. This condition is more typically associated with bee stings but can occur with bed bugs as well. A person who may be experiencing anaphylaxis may show symptoms such as vomiting, facial sweating, respiratory problems, confusion, and weakness in the body. The worst-case scenario of anaphylaxis is shock and death. The symptoms can progress rapidly without swift medical intervention.
Bed bug bites can also increase the risk of bacterial skin infections. The bites themselves don’t cause the issue though, it comes from the excessive itching the bites received by the bed bugs. If the victims pick at or scratch the skin too roughly, they can create entry points for harmful bacteria. There are many bacterial infections that can be linked to bed bug bites, such as cellulitis, impetigo, ecthyma, and lymphangitis.
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.
- Section 35-5-206 (e) of the Baltimore County Code, states: “If necessary, the property owner shall undertake any extermination within the structure and on the premises before renting or leasing the structure.”
- Section 35-5-207 (b) of the Baltimore County Code, which states: “The premises shall be (1) in a clean, safe and sanitary condition, and (2) free from infestation.
Landlords who do not comply with the Code, and provide bed bug infested apartments to tenants and hotel guests are negligent.
BALTIMORE COUNTY BED BUG LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS
If you were bitten by bed bugs in your home, apartment, or while staying at a hotel or motel in Baltimore County, the bed bug infestation lawyers of Whitney, LLP can help. 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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