BED BUG ATTORNEY SERVICING CINCINNATI, OH
Standing as the largest metropolitan area throughout Ohio, Cincinnati has developed itself over hundreds of years through huge shifts in culture as well as large sports influences. Being founded in the late 1700s by mostly German settlers, many of the currently standing cultural institutions were founded by these same settlers. Through the 1800s, Cincinnati was also claimed as the “Paris of America” due to the highly intricate and ambitious architectural pieces such as the Music Hall, Cincinnatian Hotel, and Shillito Department Store. Apart from that, three major sports team also reside within the metropolitan giant such as the MLB Cincinnati Reds, NFL Cincinnati Bengals, and MLS FC Cincinnati. This has helped generate millions of dollars for the area as well as bring tourism to an all-time high. But due to this, more and more hotels and apartments have started popping up to make room for all the tourists and sports fans looking to stay in Cincinnati.
The experienced Cincinnati bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP can fight to secure justice and maximize your recovery. We will uphold your legal rights and protect you against unscrupulous landlords or property managers who might try to take advantage of you. Our personal injury law firm has successfully handled numerous bed bug claims, giving our team an invaluable strategic edge. 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.
WHAT IS A BED BUG?
Bed bugs are tiny insects that, much like their name suggests, hide within your sleeping areas and cause injury to unsuspecting victims. Due to the nature of them only feeding on blood, they chase after any living thing that is warm-blooded. This means they will not only go after you, but also any pets or rodents within your home.
In physical appearance, bed bugs are very small, generally no more than roughly one-quarter of an inch. Their oval-shaped bodies are brown, ridged, and semi-transparent, with six legs, no wings, and elongated mouthparts for piercing. While feeding, bed bugs can swell to become much larger than their original size, elongating and becoming cylindrical.
IDENTIFYING BED BUG INFESTATIONS
It is critical to identify a bed bug infestation as soon as possible, which will limit your exposure. Here are a few simple tips for identifying a bed bug infestation in your apartment, home, AirBnB, or hotel:
- Check your mattress closely. You may see all or some of the following: egg cases, molted skins, or small stains caused by bed bugs defecating or being crushed.
- Pay attention to strange, unpleasant odors. Bed bugs produce and secrete chemicals known as “alarm pheromones” to alert others of potential intruders. The odor is often described as “sweet” or “musty.”
FILING A BED BUG CLAIM OR LAWSUIT IN OHIO
Each state has its own unique set of regulations addressing bed bug control and liability. Compared to many other states, Ohio’s laws contain somewhat general wording, which, without specifically mentioning bed bugs, simply provide that landlords are responsible for ensuring “fit and habitable” living conditions. However, a structure or apartment unit which has become infested by bed bugs is arguably no longer “fit and habitable” for tenants.
Hotels, AirBnBs, and other establishments follow their own regulations and company policies. Unfortunately, negligent employees or third parties may fail to meet or enforce established standards, potentially leading to a bed bug infestation. You should contact an experienced bed bug lawyer in Cincinnati for help determining which state laws, insurance policies, or municipal regulations might affect your claim.
BED BUG HEALTH RISKS
Most individuals do not experience serious adverse reactions to bed bug bites. That being said, exposure to bed bugs has been linked to several major health risks. In addition to the potential for insomnia, anxiety, and depression, physical health problems associated with bed bug infestations include:
- Anaphylaxis – Often associated with bee stings, anaphylaxis is a rapid-onset, potentially fatal allergic response to specific proteins contained within bed bug saliva. Saliva, carrying these proteins, enters the body in minute quantities while the bed bug is feeding. Symptoms and effects of anaphylaxis include weakness, nausea, vomiting, respiratory problems, and shock.
- Bacterial Infections – Bed bug bites can be very itchy. Unfortunately, too much scratching increases the risk of skin infection. If scratching cuts open the skin, bacteria can enter the body through the open wounds, leading to infections such as cellulitis, impetigo, and ecthyma.
CINCINNATI BED BUG INJURY ATTORNEYS
In the unfortunate chance that you or a loved one were victims of bed bug attacks (either by physical or infestation) in a hotel or apartment away from home, you may be entitled to receive compensation and sue the hotel manager or landlord. The Cincinnati bed bug injury lawyers at Whitney, LLP will offer free legal consultations so you can further understand what options are open to you and how much you may be entitled to. If you want help with your case, call Whitney, LLP today and set up a free legal consultation. We also charge no fees or expenses until we recover compensation for you. Our number is (410)-583-8000.