BED BUG ATTORNEY FOR CHARLOTTE, NC
With nearly 900,000 currently residing residents, Charlotte, NC is the most populous city in North Carolina. Due to it’s very large nature, Charlotte has a very extensive list of attractions and destinations for tourists to hit if they choose to stop by. Being mainly focused on sports, Charlotte is home to many major league teams for football, basketball, hockey, baseball, and much more. The city has also seen a massive influx of residents within the past decade and was recently named the 3rd fastest growing major city in the United States making it a prime destination for new families to move to and get started. To accommodate the heavy increasing amount of residents, hotels, Airbnbs and other rental facilities have sprung up throughout Charlotte to seize the market on new residents looking for temporary or permanent housing.
Unfortunately, not all of these living spaces are always kept up to standard for tenants as there have been a multitude of reports on bed bugs being found in beds, closets, couches, etc. If either you or someone you know has recently found bed bugs while staying in a hotel, apartment, or Airbnb in Charlotte, be sure to contact the bed bug lawyers of Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 for a free legal consultation. We will offer guidance on ways to find out if you may be eligible to receive proper compensation for your damages. Here is what our clients have to say about us.
WHAT DO BED BUGS LOOK LIKE?
Bed bugs or Cimex lectularius (C. lectularius) are nocturnal, parasitic insects which feed exclusively the blood of mammals, which includes humans, cats, dogs, or other animals it can reach. The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, provides a very informative page as their life cycles and other information – click here.
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. Bed bugs are able to live up to 18 months without feeding, making proper treatment necessary to exterminate them. Ignoring an infestation does not work.
In physical appearance, bed bugs are small, brown, wingless, and semi-transparent. They have ridges along their flat, oval-shaped bodies. As they feed, bed bugs become dramatically elongated, swelling into a cylinder shape to accommodate the size they are gaining from the blood meal.
HEALTH RISKS OF BED BUG INFESTATIONS
There are serious health risks associated with bed bug infestations. While these tiny insects may seem completely harmless, examples of health problems that can be caused by bed bug bites include:
- Anaphylaxis – Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapid-onset, potentially fatal allergic response that affects a small percentage of people in the United States. Often connected with peanuts or bee stings, anaphylaxis can also be triggered by proteins in bed bug saliva, which enters the host’s body while the insect feeds. Warning signs of an anaphylactic reaction include confusion, weakness, nausea, facial swelling, and difficulty breathing.
- Skin Infections – Open wounds caused by picking or scratching at bed bug bites can trap bacteria and become infected. Secondary bacterial infections associated with bed bug infestations include lymphangitis, cellulitis, and impetigo.
While the physical issues from bed bugs are something that nearly always happens, it’s important to know that sometimes bed bug incidents can also cause mental health issues as well. Multiple individuals who have had incidents with bed bugs report developing anxiety, insomnia, and depression just to name a few. That’s why it’s extremely important to deal with a bed bug infestation as soon as possible to avoid the chances of developing more severe physical or mental health issues.
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU’VE BEEN BITTEN BY BED BUGS?
While the reaction from a bed bug bite can heavily vary from person to person, there are common signs that can be noticed early on to help get a professional’s diagnosis. The most common responses that have been recorded are small, pink, itchy welts that can last anywhere from one to two weeks. Along with that, bite marks can also start to appear in straight or zig-zagged lines, but have the chance to also appear in seemingly random clusters. In the chance you don’t see any of these responses and you still have a hunch about having them, stay on the lookout for dark stains on your mattress and a foul, sickly-sweet odor caused by bed bug pheromones.
OUR CHARLOTTE, NC BED BUG ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
If you or someone you know has encountered or suffered from bed bugs while staying in a hotel or Airbnb, you may be entitled to receive compensation from the landlord or hotel owner. The Charlotte bed bug injury lawyers at Whitney, LLP offer free legal consultations to help clarify your options when deciding to pursue a claim and how much it may be worth. For help with your case, call Whitney, LLP today to set up a free legal consultation on your case. Our number is (410) 583-8000. There are no fees or expenses until we recover compensation for you.