BED BUG LAWYER SERVICING BOSTON, MA
Boston is well known as a worldwide travel destination for the Red Sox, Faniel Hall, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Harbor Walk, and many other attractions. Over 19 million tourists travel to Boston every year. Consequently, the issue of bed bugs is a serious one in Boston with the constant tourist travel in hotels and Airbnbs. Bed bugs can cause physical, emotional, and financial damage to their victims, inflicting injuries while infesting and ruining valuable personal property. If you were bitten by bed bugs while staying at a hotel or Airbnb in Boston, or if bed bugs infested your apartment building, you may be able to obtain compensation for the resulting property damage, medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and other damages you have incurred.
The Boston bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP have been fighting against negligent landlords, hotels, and exterminators for yeara, recovering millions of dollars for our clients in the process. If you have questions about your legal options for filing a lawsuit after a bed bug infestation in Boston, contact Whitney, LLP online, or call our law offices at (410) 583-8000 to schedule a free legal consultation. Here is what our clients have to say about us.
ABOUT BED BUGS
Bed bugs are parasitic, blood-sucking insects that belong to the Cimicidae family. Since they are nocturnal, bed bugs are normally active during the evening, while their victims sleep. However, they may become noticeable during the day if an infestation is extreme. If bed bugs are visible on the walls during the day, it is likely there is a heavy infestation present.
In terms of their physical appearance, bed bugs are brown in color and partially transparent with ridged, rounded abdomens. Normally just millimeters long, bed bugs can expand to an approximately one-quarter inch while feeding. Their body shape also changes while feeding, transforming from flat but rounded (similar to a coin) into an elongated cylinder (more similar to a seed or cigar).
IDENTIFYING BED BUG BITES
Most individuals develop small, pink or red, itchy welts within several hours to several days after being bitten by bed bugs. The bites often present in straight or zig-zagging lines, but can also be grouped in random clusters. Itching and discomfort may persist for several weeks, often accompanied by minor swelling. Bites may develop for up to two weeks in a delayed reaction.
While these types of reactions are common, some individuals experience different symptoms. Some people do not have any physical response to bed bug bites, while others, at the opposite end of the spectrum, suffer from pronounced effects that may demand urgent medical care.
Because of these variations, it is important to have your bites diagnosed by a doctor as soon as possible. A professional diagnosis can rule out a skin condition or other types of biting pests, such as fleas or lice.
ARE BED BUGS HARMFUL?
Bed bug bites are not merely itchy – for some individuals, they can also be dangerous. Potential health risks linked to bed bug infestations include:
- Anaphylaxis – Anaphylaxis is a severe, swift-acting allergic reaction whose effects may include facial swelling, difficulty breathing, weakness, nausea, and shock. It is caused by a sensitivity to proteins called “antigens” in bed bug saliva.
- Mood Disorders – Anxiety and depression can develop in individuals who are exposed to bed bug infestations, particularly in the long term.
- Skin Infections – The wounds created by scratching at bites are perfect entries for bacteria. Secondary bacterial infections associated with bed bugs include ecthyma, cellulitis, and lymphangitis.
CAN YOU SUE YOUR LANDLORD OR HOTEL FOR BED BUGS IN BOSTON, MA?
If you were bitten by bed bugs in Boston, you may have cause to file a personal injury claim against the parties responsible, such as a landlord, hotel, hotel manager, pest control company, or Airbnb owner. In order to prevail in your claim and be compensated, you will need to prove three basic facts, using evidence such as photographs of the infested premises and skin reactions:
- You were exposed to a bed bug infestation in your apartment, hotel room, or Airbnb. Landlords, hotels, and similar entities have a “duty of care” toward guests and residents, which means they must provide safe conditions.
- You were somehow harmed by the infestation. For instance, you might have been physically injured by the bites, have emotional distress, or may have suffered financial losses caused by property damage and replacement.
- The infestation was caused by the careless, or negligent, actions (or failures to act) of another individual or business. For instance, the failure to inspect or treat infested areas of a hotel or apartment building is often a key factor.
The Boston Housing Division specifically addresses bed bug infestation, and requires property owners to provide written extermination reports within 14 days of being notified of a bed bug infestation. This is one of the more proactive Housing departments in the country in terms of bed bugs.
BOSTON BED BUG INJURY CLAIM ATTORNEYS
If your apartment, hotel, or Airbnb in Boston was infested by bed bugs, you should discuss your family’s legal options with an experienced bed bug claim lawyer, like those of Whitney, LLP. Depending on what caused the infestation and when it occurred, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damage, and costs associated with the pest treatment and extermination. To confidentially discuss filing a claim with one of our Boston bed bug lawyers, contact Whitney, LLP online, or call our law offices at (410) 583-8000 for your free legal consultation.