Hotels, apartments, and Airbnbs must be safe for guests and residents. When bed bugs infest a property, that property is no longer safe or fit for habitation. If a tenant or guest becomes injured by bed bugs, or suffers financial losses as a result of the infestation, the hotel, landlord, or other parties may be responsible for providing compensation.
If you were bitten by bed bugs in your apartment, Airbnb, or hotel room in Baltimore, you should discuss your situation with an experienced Maryland bed bug lawyer as soon as possible, like the attorneys at the law offices of Whitney, LLP. With a track record that spans more than 25 years and millions of dollars recovered, we are trusted, effective legal advocates for the victims of negligence. Contact us online right away to set up a free consultation, or call our law offices at (410) 583-8000 to speak with an attorney regarding your potential bed bug claim.
Identifying Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small, brown, partially transparent insects that normally emerge at night, though daytime sightings may occur if an infestation grows severe. They feed exclusively on blood, whether from humans or, less commonly, their pets. They do not fly, sting, or make noise, and will typically hide whenever disturbed.
Their most notable feature is their shape, which changes radically when they feed. An unfed bed bug looks flat and oval-shaped, and is roughly several millimeters long. By comparison, a bed bug that has recently fed can grow up to approximately one quarter inch, in the process taking on an elongated shape that resembles a seed or cigar.
How to Tell if You’ve Been Bitten by Bed Bugs
Some people are more sensitive to bed bug bites than others. As a result, physical responses can vary.
The most common type of reaction is to develop an itchy pink welt where the skin was bitten, generally within several days of feeding occurring. Since feeding normally occurs during sleep, the victim is unlikely to know precisely when they were bitten. These bites can erupt into painful, oozing blisters, with a risk of creating permanent scars after they have healed.
There are also two other potential types of reactions, which are less common: having no physical reaction, or suffering from extreme adverse effects, which are discussed in the next section. Due to fact that bite reactions can vary so widely – and because the bites can be intensely uncomfortable, or even dangerous – it is vital to seek a professional diagnosis as soon as possible.
Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?
Bed bug bites can trigger or worsen various medical issues, including problems that affect both physical and mental health. Health issues that can be caused by exposure to bed bugs include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Allergic Reactions – Some people experience anaphylaxis in response to bed bug bites. Anaphylaxis is an allergic response characterized by symptoms such as facial swelling, nausea, weakness, confusion, difficulty breathing, and shock.
- Bacterial Infections – Picking or scratching at bed bug bites can result in small wounds, which can become seriously infected. Several types of skin infections have been linked to bed bug exposure, including ecthyma, cellulitis, and impetigo.
- Mood Disorders – Anxiety and depression are common among people who have been living with bed bug infestations, particularly if the exposure is long-term. Unfortunately, landlords do not always take their tenants’ complaints seriously, and may take weeks or even months to visit an infested property. In the meantime, the tenant is forced to live in unsafe, unsanitary conditions.
In addition to the debilitating injuries and complications that can stem from bed bug bites, the infestation can also wreak financial devastation. Together with the cost of replacing ruined property, medical bills can add up quickly, placing you under heavy strain. However, by filing a bed bug claim, you may be able to recover financial compensation.
Maryland Bed Bug Lawsuits Against Hotels and Landlords
Like other types of personal injury lawsuits, bed bug claims are generally based on a theory of negligence. This means you will need to show that another party – such as your landlord, a hotel manager, or a pest control company – acted in a careless way that fell below acceptable standards, resulting in a preventable injury or financial loss. Landlords and hotels are responsible for providing residents and guests with safe, livable, reasonable conditions – and by allowing a bed bug infestation to occur, they have fallen short of this standard.
You will also need to supply evidence that can lend weight to your claim. Potential sources of evidence that may support your case include medical records, bite photographs, photographs of the infested conditions, expert medical opinions, and records or documents involving property maintenance and pest extermination. Our attorneys will handle the process of compiling and analyzing the necessary evidence for you.
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Bed bugs can invade any type of property, no matter how clean and tidy. When infestations take hold, landlord or hotel negligence may be to blame. If you need legal help dealing with a bed bug infestation in Maryland, contact the law offices of Whitney, LLP online to set up a free consultation, or call our law offices at (410) 583-8000 today.