BED BUG ATTORNEY SERVICING GERMANTOWN, MD
With a population of more than 86,000 residents, Germantown is one of the largest cities in Maryland and is situated in Montgomery County, close to Bethesda, Rockville, and Silver Spring. Residents and visitors alike enjoy watching performances and attending exhibitions at the BlackRock Center for the Arts and stopping by the restaurants and grocery vendors in the Lancaster County Dutch Market. This bustling city includes a sizable rental population, with more than a third of the people who live there renting houses or apartments. Many tourists stay in several hotels that can be found in Germantown, and they enjoy their proximity to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Whether you live in Germantown or visit the city, the last thing that you want to have to deal with is bed bugs. Landlords and hotel operators are legally required to take steps to prevent bed bug infestations in their properties. If you have suffered from bed bug bites in an apartment or hotel in Germantown, you may have legal recourse. The lawyers at Whitney LLP handle Germantown bed bug claims, and we can provide you with an evaluation of your case. We offer legal consultations and require no out-of-pocket fees or expenses. Receive a legal consultation with a Germantown bed bug lawyer at Whitney LLP by calling us at (410) 583-8000.
BED BUG INFESTATIONS IN APARTMENTS
Bed bugs can quickly infest entire apartment buildings in Bethesda, Rockville, and Silver Spring. When bed bugs are able to enter one apartment, they can spread throughout the building and infest multiple units. In the state of Maryland, apartments are required to be free of insect infestations at the time that a tenant moves in. Landlords owe a duty of care to promptly treat and eradicate bed bugs when they are discovered. A landlord who rents an apartment that is infested with bed bugs to a tenant or who fails to treat and eradicate bed bugs that are found during the term of the lease may be responsible for the resulting damages.
BED BUG INFESTATIONS IN GERMANTOWN HOTELS
Hotels are another common place where bed bug infestations can take hold. Bed bugs can catch rides on people’s clothing or luggage and infest a room. Like apartment complexes, hotels that have bed bugs in one area can quickly become completely infested. Hotel operators and owners must treat infested rooms and avoid booking them until they are pest-free. They should also promptly treat any bed bug infestations that are found throughout the property. When they fail to do so, they may be liable to pay damages to guests who are bitten.\
IDENTIFYING BED BUGS
Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on blood. The adult bugs are oval-shaped and reddish-brown. They are approximately the size of apple seeds. Bed bugs are nocturnal and hide, so people often do not see them. They leave telltale signs such as reddish-brown stains on mattresses and sheets, and people may wake up with bites after sleeping.
If you think that you might have bed bugs, you can use a flashlight to check between the seams of your mattress and along the edges of your upholstered furniture. Bed bugs can also be found in electrical outlets and behind loosened sections of wallpaper. They might be found anywhere there are tiny cracks or places for them to hide.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE BED BUGS?
If you believe that you have bed bugs in your apartment or hotel room, you should immediately report them to your landlord or the hotel’s front desk. You may also want to notify the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Bed bugs need to be treated immediately to prevent them from spreading. If you are a tenant, you may need to discard upholstered furniture and your mattresses and replace them. Bed bug bites can result in a great deal of emotional distress as well.
BED BUG LAWYER FOR BITE CLAIMS IN GERMANTOWN, MD
Whether you live in an infested apartment or have been bitten by bed bugs in a hotel, you should not have to go it alone. A Germantown bed bug lawyer at Whitney LLP can evaluate your claim and determine the amount of economic and non-economic losses that you have incurred as well as the party or parties that should be held financially responsible for them. We offer legal consultations, and you will not be required to pay upfront fees or out-of-pocket expenses. Call Whitney LLP at (410) 583- 8000 or contact us online as soon as possible for a legal consultation with one of our Germantown bed bug lawyers and learn more about what legal rights you might have.