BED BUG ATTORNEY FOR CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA
Cedar Rapids, Iowa is home to more than 4 million residents,with thousands more tourists increasing the population during the year – and among them, countless hidden bed bugs. Tourist destinations often include National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, the Brucemore Estate and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The bed bug infestation at a Hyatt Place in Iowa City disrupted a wedding in June 2019. In this situation and others, bed bugs are causing significant distress to unsuspecting victims.
Bed bugs can invade almost any structure, from luxury condos and five-star resorts to apartment units and hotel suites. The Whitney law firm has recovered over $10 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.
If bed bugs infest your home, apartment, hotel room, or AirBnB in Cedar Rapids, you should discuss your legal options with the Cedar Rapids bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP. Depending on what caused the infestation, we may be able to file a lawsuit or personal injury claim on your behalf. You could be entitled to financial compensation for medical costs, destruction of your personal property, and other losses that you have suffered because of the infestation. Contact us online to set up a free legal consultation, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 today.
WHAT ARE BED BUGS?
Bed bugs are nocturnal, parasitic insects which feed exclusively on blood from mammals, including humans, cats, dogs, or any other animal that is easy for them to reach. The scientific name for the common bed bug is Cimex lectularius (C. lectularius).
Bed bugs are tough, hardy insects that can withstand extremes which would kill other pests, making them equally urgent – and difficult – to deal with. Bed bug populations tend to surge during the summer months since hot weather can accelerate their breeding cycles.
In physical appearance, bed bugs are small, brown, wingless, and semi-transparent, with ridges along with their flat, oval-shaped bodies. As they feed, bed bugs become dramatically elongated, swelling into a cylinder shape to accommodate the blood meal.
HOW TO IDENTIFY BED BUG BITES
Even within the same family, two people can have radically different physical reactions to a bite from the same insect, making bed bug bites difficult to identify at times. In most individuals who sustain allergic reactions, the bites swell within several hours to several days of the bed bug feeding, creating raised, itchy, pink welts that are similar to a mosquito bite. Some people do not react at all, while others suffer extreme physical responses like anaphylaxis, as discussed in the following section.
It is common for bed bug bites to present in a straight line. However, some individuals display random bite patterns over a wider area of skin. Bed bugs will bite any area of the body that is exposed, including the feet, hands, arms, legs, neck, face, and back.
CAN BED BUGS HURT YOU?
Yes. In most cases, bed bug bites do not pose a serious health threat. Unfortunately, some individuals are highly susceptible to bed bug bites, greatly increasing the danger. For example, some individuals are sensitive to proteins called “antigens” that exist within a bed bug’s saliva, some of which is injected into the host while the insect is feeding. This sensitivity can trigger a severe allergic reaction known as “anaphylaxis,” a condition more typically associated with bee stings. A person who is experiencing anaphylaxis may show symptoms like vomiting, facial swelling, respiratory distress, confusion, and weakness. Shock and even death are potential risks of anaphylaxis, which can progress very rapidly without swift and appropriate medical intervention.
Bed bug bites can also increase the risk of bacterial skin infections. However, it is not the bites themselves that trigger this reaction, but rather, excessive scratching. If bite victims pick at or scratch their skin too roughly, they can accidentally cut themselves, creating tiny entry points for harmful bacteria. Various bacterial infections have been linked to bed bug bites, such as cellulitis, impetigo, ecthyma, and lymphangitis.
CAN YOU SUE A HOTEL OR LANDLORD FOR A BED BUG INFESTATION IN CEDAR RAPIDS?
The answer to this question depends on your ability to prove, based on evidence, two core facts:
- You were injured and/or financially harmed by the bed bug infestation. For example, you might have needed to go to the hospital or had to replace personal items.
- The bed bug infestation – and the harm it caused you – occurred because a person and/or business was negligent in some way. For example, an exterminator or pest control company could be considered negligent for carelessly failing to apply the correct chemicals during treatment, or not treating a known infestation and allowing a new guest to sleep the room. More than one party can be liable for a bed bug-related injury, depending on what sort of factors led to the infestation.
If your claim or lawsuit is successful, you can receive compensation for various losses and issues caused by the infestation. Some examples of “damages,” or types of compensation, that might be available in a bed bug lawsuit include compensation for pain and suffering, your medical treatments, and the destruction of your personal property.
CEDAR RAPIDS BED BUG INJURY ATTORNEYS
At Whitney, LLP, we have a proven track record in the area of bed bug litigation. Our attorneys are well-versed in this nuanced, and sometimes complex area of personal injury law, enabling us to provide our clients innovative representation and success. Our Cedar Rapids bed bug lawsuit lawyers understand what it takes to obtain the compensation you deserve. If you think you may have a bed bug claim, call our law offices at (410) 583-8000 for a free legal consultation, or contact us online.