We often entrust the task of caring for our elderly to a nursing home that we believe is equipped to handle all the needs of our loved ones. However, some assisted living homes engage in negligent practices that can cause injuries to their tenants. Keeping a nursing home free of an insect infestation like bed bugs should be a high priority for nursing homes. Unfortunately, some retirement homes are not concerned with the well-being of the people they agreed to care for. If your family member was injured at a nursing home due to a bed bug infestation, you should consult with an experienced Baltimore nursing home bed bug lawyer.
At Whitney, LLP, your loved ones are our top priority, and we will fight to hold negligent nursing homes accountable for their actions. Our legal team has served residents of Baltimore and various other counties in Maryland, and we would be proud to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, call (410) 583-8000.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
Bed bugs are tiny, flat, and oval-shaped insects that feed on human blood. Many tenants of assisted living communities have poor immune systems and are more prone to contract an illness from a bed bug bite. Bed bugs are capable of transmitting diseases like hepatitis B and Chagas disease that can place a senior tenant in danger of becoming seriously or even fatally ill. That is why it is important to know whether your loved one is a tenant of a nursing home with a bed bug infestation.
There are a number of ways that you can search for a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs typically like to hide in dark areas and crevices so that they can emerge at night to feed on an unsuspecting person. Be sure to look for the following signs and to search the following areas to check for a bed bug infestation.
Dark or Red Spots on a Mattress
As the name implies, many bed bugs will hide in the crevices of a person’s mattress to make it easier to feed after nightfall. You should look between the seams of any blankets covering a bed and the corners of the mattress to look for a bed bug infestation. You should also flip the mattress to ensure you do not miss any areas. You are looking for dark brown or reddish looking insects or specks of blood on the sheets or mattress that may indicate that the bugs were feeding.
You should also check the box springs for any signs of an infestation. If the nursing home beds are equipped with headboards, you should check behind them as that is also a popular hiding spot for bed bugs.
Several Access Points to a Room
As bed bugs measure about 1/4 of an inch, it easy for them to travel through tiny spaces in walls and other openings of a building. Due to how close the living quarters of a retirement home are arranged, it is easy for bed bugs to travel between rooms and throughout the complex. If you observe that there are multiple cracks and holes in your family member’s living area, bed bugs may be using these access points to hide to await the perfect time to feed.
If your loved one is complaining of feeling itchy or if they have unexplained rashes, this may be another sign of an infestation. Bed bug bites may be unnoticeable at first but may later grow into large red welts that are extremely itchy. If the nursing home cannot explain the presence of these bites, you should schedule a medical examination for your family member.
There are various other signs of bed bug infestations that are not listed above. While liability for an infestation in a purchased home or apartment complex can vary based on several circumstances, the operators of a nursing home are often responsible for a bed bug infestation.
Employees of a nursing home are tasked with the care of the residents of a nursing home and preventing injuries from a bed bug infestation falls under that duty of care. Many residents of nursing homes are incapable of caring for themselves, so it is unreasonable to expect that they should be responsible for the extermination of an insect infestation they likely had no control over.
Work with Our Maryland Bed Bug Litigation Attorneys Today
If your parent or grandparent was the victim of bed bug bites at their nursing home, you should contact an experienced Maryland bed bug litigation attorney today. The bed bug infestation attorneys at Whitney, LLP have decades of legal experience litigating various types of bed bug claims, and we will use this knowledge to provide you with the legal representation that you deserve. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential case, contact Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000.