Bed Bug Attorney in Cecil County, MD
Cecil County, MD has a population of 104,000, of which 10,000 are renters. The county seat is Elkton. Attractions in Cecil County include trails, parks, fishing and the Chesapeake Bay. Whether living in or visiting Cecil County, there is a risk of encountering bed bugs.
Bed bugs are tough, adaptable pests that can invade any apartment or hotel – no matter how clean the accommodations look. Landlords and hotel managers are responsible for taking steps to exterminate and prevent infestations. If your hotel or apartment in Cecil County became infested by bed bugs, and you were bitten, you may have a legal claim and could be entitled to compensation. The Maryland bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP can help.
We have experience handling bed bug claims and have recovered over $11 million for clients in bed bug cases and claims. Contact us online today to set up a legal consultation, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 to speak with a bed bug lawyer.
Whitney, LLP handles bed bug infestation cases in Cecil County, MD, including: Elkton | Rising Sun | North East | Perryville | Chesapeake City | Port Deposit | Charlestown | Cecilton
How to Identify Bed Bugs
The scientific name for the common household bed bug is Cimex lectularius. Bed bugs, which are part of the Cimicidae family of insects, are tiny, blood-sucking parasites that emerge at night to feed on their sleeping hosts, which can be people, dogs, cats, or any other warm-blooded animal. Though commonly found in bedding, bed bugs can also be spotted on, in, or underneath furniture, drapery, clothing, stacks of toys or books, and even electrical outlets.
In its unfed state, a bed bug appears oval-shaped, flattened, and several millimeters long. While feeding, bed bugs grow to roughly one-quarter of an inch, their bodies changing from rounded and flat to long and cigar-shaped.
How to Tell if You’ve Been Bitten by Bed Bugs
In many cases, bite reactions included small pink welts. These welts can be extremely itchy and can last up to several weeks. There are some individuals who experience no physical reactions at all, while others, land on the opposite spectrum. These victims endure terrible allergic reactions, including debilitating symptoms and serious health complications.
Many people have a perception that bed bug bites are simply “itchy” or “annoying.” What many don’t realize is that bites can lead to serious health problems, even with individuals who did not experience a severe allergic reaction to being bitten. There have been many cases of skin infections and conditions linking back to a bed bug infestation such as impetigo, cellulitis, lymphangitis, and ecthyma.
A less common reaction but still dangerous is anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is an allergic response that can be triggered by proteins contained in Bed Bug saliva. There are some people who have a heightened sensitivity to those proteins, called antigens, resulting in an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis symptoms include nausea or vomiting, weakness and fatigue, confusion, facial swelling, respiratory problems, and shock leading to death. These symptoms can progress rapidly at any time and without swift medical intervention.
Bed bug infestations can cause emotional harm. There have been reports that victims have been dealing with anxiety, depression, and insomnia. These are conditions exacerbated by the physical trauma and financial devastation an infestation can leave behind.
The Cecil County Code requires landlords provide infestation-free hotel rooms and apartments. If they fail to do so, they are negligent.
Section 240-16 (I) of the Cecil County Code, Minimum Livability Standards, states: “If necessary, the property owner shall be responsible for extermination within the structure and in the premises before the rental or lease of the structure.”
Cecil County, MD Bed Bug Claim Attorneys
If you believe you might have a bed bug injury claim against your landlord or a hotel you recently visited, look to Whitney, LLP for aggressive legal representation. To set up a legal consultation, contact us online today, or call our law offices at (410) 583-8000 to speak with an attorney. Fees and expenses are paid from compensation we recover for you.
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