BED BUG ATTORNEY FOR FORT WORTH, TX
Fort Worth is a heavily historic and trade-centered part of Texas that has grown both it’s economy and culture over the years to what it is now. Fort Worth is home to a wide variety of institutions and corporations such as Texas Christian University, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Lockheed Martin. Due to all of these cultural landmarks, the community is incredibly diverse and has seen a huge shift in the demographics of people that live there. All of this foot traffic through the city though has sprung up hotels, apartments, and Airbnbs to accommodate the large number of people that stop by Fort Worth. Along with this growth, reports of bed bug infestations within Fort Worth hotels, apartments, and Airbnbs are increasing.
If you or a loved one suffered bed bug bites in a hotel or apartment while staying away from home in Fort Worth, contact Whitney, LLP today. Our bed bug lawyers can represent injured bed bug victims against the parties responsible for providing infested rooms and failing to keep them safe. For help with your case and to learn more about injury claims involving bed bug bites, contact Whitney, LLP today at (410) 583-8000. Here is what our clients have to say about us.
WHAT ARE BED BUGS?
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.
HEALTH RISKS OF BED BUG BITES
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.
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 that 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 are 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 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.
FORT WORTH, TX 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 Fort Worth 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.