Disneyland has been a major tourist attraction for families and the young at heart since its California debut in 1955. Hotels and resorts that cater to Disneyland visitors dot the landscape around Anaheim, giving visitors plenty of places to rest and recharge. Unfortunately, these hotels can also attract other visitors who are less welcome: bed bugs, small blood-sucking insects that can infest mattresses, clothing, books, and other items.
If you or one of your family members was bitten by bed bugs while staying in an infested hotel room near Disneyland in Anaheim, the California bed bug hotel lawyers of Whitney, LLP are here to provide counsel, guidance, and representation. Our experienced, compassionate attorneys are dedicated to justice, and will fight tirelessly for compensation on your family’s behalf. To set up a free legal consultation, contact our law offices online, or call Whitney, LLP today at (410) 583-8000 to speak with a bed bug injury lawyer.
Identifying Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are tiny brown insects that typically grow no larger than one-quarter of an inch long. They have a flattened appearance between feedings, while bed bugs which have recently fed look more rounded and seed-like. They may also be darker in coloration following a recent feeding, ranging from light brown to dark rust or mahogany color. Juvenile bed bugs, which are known as “nymphs,” are typically much lighter in color than the adult specimens.
Bed bugs are flightless insects which possess neither wings nor strong hind legs for jumping. However, they are speedy crawlers capable of covering large distances quickly relative to their small size. Bed bugs are also extremely tough, capable of withstanding periods of starvation and extreme temperatures that would kill less hardy insects. Combined with rapid breeding cycles and the crowded nature of hotels, bed bug infestations can quickly take hold and spread through hotels where cleaning and pest control measures are inadequate.
Identifying Bed Bug Bite Injuries
Blood is the exclusive source of food for all bed bugs, which drink from both people and/or animals depending on what is available in their environment. As nocturnal feeders, bed bugs consume their blood meals at night while their victims sleep, meaning bites are seldom prevented or even noticed – at least initially.
It may take several days for bed bug bites to become apparent, though some individuals experience virtually no reaction. The bites create small welts which are generally swollen, pink, and itchy, similar to mosquito bites. Bites may present in a straight line, or may appear scattered and randomized across a broader area of skin.
Are Bed Bug Bites Dangerous?
For most people, bed bug bites are a nuisance that do not trigger serious or life-threatening health complications. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know how an individual will react to being bitten. In rare cases, being bitten by bed bugs can trigger a fast-acting, potentially lethal allergic reaction known as “anaphylaxis,” commonly associated with bee stings. A person who is having an anaphylactic reaction to bed bug bites can rapidly start to experience facial swelling, respiratory problems, vomiting, and shock. Swift intervention is critical to halt and reverse anaphylaxis.
Bacterial infections are another concern with bed bug bites. Excessive scratching of the bitten area can open up wounds in the skin, which are prone to becoming infected. Examples of infections associated with bed bug bites include cellulitis, ecthyma, and lymphangitis.
Can You a Hotel if You Picked Up a Bed Bug Infestation or Were Bitten?
Hotel guests have a right to living quarters that are reasonably clean, safe, and fit for human habitation. This means hotels must refrain from renting out rooms that are infested by bed bugs. Disney Land must meet high standards for providing guest accommodations – and when a departure from those standards leads to guest injuries or financial harm, the hotel may be held liable.
Whether you have a claim against a hotel where you were bitten by bed bugs depends on several factors, such as how recently you stayed in the infested room, whether the hotel or individual employees were negligent, and whether you suffered actual harm from your exposure to the bed bugs – for instance, whether you suffered any injuries or incurred any expenses related to the infestation. When you contact Whitney, LLP for your free consultation, we can assess whether you have grounds for a bed bug injury claim, and help you understand your options for pursuing compensation.
Our Hotel Bed Bug Lawyers Can Help
All hotels must take measures to avoid preventable injuries or property damage caused by bed bug infestations. If you or one of your family members stayed in a hotel room infested by bed bugs, that hotel may be liable for your injuries. Our aggressive, strategic bed bug hotel lawyers will fight hard to hold them accountable. Contact us online today to set up a free legal consultation, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 to speak with an attorney.