BED BUG ATTORNEY SERVICING DETROIT, MI
Being one of the largest ports located on the Detroit River, Detroit has grown itself immensely through culture, production, and infrastructure. Having a whopping population of roughly 700,000 residents, it’s managed to climb up the ladder up to the 23rd most populous city in the United States. Founded nearly 11,000 years ago by Paleo-Indian habitants, Detroit has gone through an extreme amount of change since then and has been home to a long list of big names in the entertainment, sports, and political fields. One of the most famous though, rapper Eminem, is widely known for being born and raised in Detroit and credits his skills and fame all from his hometown. Due to this, many die-hard fans come to visit the rapper’s old hometown to see what he grew up around and end up staying in nearby hotels or motels due to some of the city’s decaying nature.
This, unfortunately, results in many tourists becoming victims of bed bug attacks and needing legal advice on how to deal with their landlords for compensation or some other form of settlement. To learn more in a free legal consultation, contact us online today, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 to speak confidentially with an attorney. 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.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE BED BUGS?
The first step in recognizing a bed bug infestation is learning how to identify what bed bugs look like. Bed bugs are diminutive insects which generally do not grow beyond roughly one-quarter of an inch. They are varying shades of brown, with juveniles being lighter than adults. They may appear rusty red or almost black after feeding on blood. The blood creates visible patterns inside of their bodies, which are slightly transparent depending on the specimen’s age and sex.
The tricky part of identifying a bed bug infestation is that bed bugs are naturally nocturnal, so the chances of seeing them during the day is significantly low when an infestation initially starts. But as time goes on and more bed bugs likely develop, they will start showing up during daylight hours to retrieve more food if it’s available. This food is exclusively blood, no matter from what animal or species. That means if you have a pet that stays inside for long hours of the day, they could also become a victim to bed bugs.
After the hard part of knowing what a bed bug looks like, it comes time to learn how to identify if they’ve been in your living space. While the naturally best way to know if they’re there is visibly seeing them, some warning signs of an infestation can include:
- Strange odors, often described as “musty” or “sweet”-smelling, produced by bed bug alarm pheromones.
- Small, dark stains with jagged edges, which are caused by bed bugs defecating or being squashed.
- The presence of bed bug eggs, which look like tiny, pale, almost clear pills.
CAN BED BUGS BE DANGEROUS?
For most individuals, bed bug bites produce physical symptoms like itching and skin irritation. Unfortunately, some people suffer more serious reactions. For instance, individuals who are sensitive to proteins in bed bug saliva are at risk of experiencing anaphylaxis – an extremely dangerous, swiftly developing allergic reaction marked by effects such as nausea, difficulty breathing, and shock. Some people may experience a slightly milder allergic reaction, characterized by sore, tender swellings in the bitten areas.
While bed bugs aren’t necessarily a lethal insect, they can still cause rather severe symptoms to their victims. The most common physical symptoms are either itching or skin irritation (sometimes together), while more severe reactions can cause anaphylaxis – an incredibly fast and dangerous allergic reaction that also bring nausea, shock, and difficulty of breathing.
Allergic reactions are not the only cause for concern. Excessively scratching bed bug bites creates another risk: bacterial infection. Scratching or picking at bites can open up tears in the skin, enabling dangerous bacteria to enter the body. Examples of bed bug-related skin infections include impetigo, cellulitis, and ecthyma.
ARE YOU ABLE TO SUE YOUR LANDLORD OR HOTEL FOR BED BUGS IN DETROIT, MI?
Thanks to Michigan’s laws regarding landlords and their responsibility to keep all of their premises safe and free of bed bugs, you can file a claim against either your landlord or hotel in the chance you found bed bugs and were either harmed or it was not taken care of immediately. According to the Department of Health in Michigan, “Michigan law requires that landlords make a good-faith effort to provide housing that is free from bed bugs… once the property manager has been made aware of a bed bug infestation, he or she should immediately arrange an inspection of the unit and if necessary, schedule treatment with a pest management professional (PMP).” In other words, once the property manager is aware of the issue, it is their issue to fix as all you need to do is notify them.
Like landlords, hotel managers and other parties are held to high standards with regard to guest safety and room sanitation. Hotels must take reasonable measures to detect, treat, and prevent infestations. This includes ensuring that pest control services are performed when appropriate and refraining from knowingly renting out rooms that are infested.
If you have been a victim of bed bugs in a recent stay at a Detroit, MI hotel or apartment, you may qualify for compensation due to damages from the landlord.
DETROIT, MI BED BUG INJURY ATTORNEYS
If you or a loved one had their home infested with bed bugs or suffered bed bug bites while staying away from home in a hotel, you may be entitled to sue the property owner or hotel manager for compensation. The Detroit bed bug injury lawyers at Whitney, LLP offer free legal consultations to help you understand your options and learn what your claim might 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.