BED BUG ATTORNEY IN JACKSONVILLE, FL
Jacksonville, Florida is home to more than 800,000 residents – and among them, could be countless hidden bed bugs. During peak hours in the summer, bed bugs can invade almost any structure, from luxury condos and five-star resorts to apartment units and ordinary homes. 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.
If bed bugs infest your home, apartment, hotel room, or Airbnb in Jacksonville you should discuss your legal options with the Jacksonville bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP. Depending on what caused the infestation, we may be able to file a lawsuit or personal injury claim on your behalf. You could be entitled to financial compensation for medical costs, destruction of your personal property, and other losses that you have suffered because of the infestation. Contact us online to set up a free legal consultation, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 today.
WHAT ARE BED BUGS?
Bed bugs are incredibly small and tough insects that feed exclusively on warm-blooded mammals. They are nocturnal by nature which means that you may have bed bugs and not even realize it until they start to leave early warning signs. But, if an infestation gets extremely bad, the bed bugs may start to try and feed during the day when food is more available.
A bed bug can have the appearance of being small, brown, wingless, and semi-transparent. Although bed bugs are naturally small, they can dramatically increase in size after feeding for prolonged periods of time. They are able to go from having a flat, oval shape to a long cylinder shape to make room for the blood they eat.
CAN YOU SUE FOR A BED BUG INFESTATION IN JACKSONVILLE, FL?
Under a combination of state laws and municipal regulations, landlords and hotels are generally required to disclose bed bug infestations to tenants or guests. For example, in Florida, landlords are responsible for and must pay for the extermination of bed bugs. Section 83.51(2)(a), F.S. of the Florida Landlord/Tenant Law. Summary of Chapter 83, Part II – Florida Statutes states that: ” the landlord of a dwelling unit other than a single-family home or duplex shall, at all times of the tenancy, make reasonable provisions for: Extermination of rats, mice, ants, and wood-destroying organisms and bed bugs. Locks and keys.”
Unfortunately, just because these regulations exist, does not mean they are always complied with. If you suffered physical injuries or financial harm because your landlord, a hotel manager, an exterminator, an AirBnB host, or other parties failed to meet normal standards for bed bug control, you may be able to receive compensation. Compensation, or “damages,” may be available for medical expenses from being bitten, the cost of replacing destroyed personal property, and other losses you suffered because of your exposure to bed bugs.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE BED BUGS IN JACKSONVILLE
There are several ways to determine whether bed bugs are present in your home, apartment, hotel room, or AirBnB. Following these tips may help you to detect or avoid encountering an infestation:
- If you plan on traveling and staying at an AirBnB, hotel, motel, spa, resort, or bed-and-breakfast, make sure to do plenty of research before you book your room. You may find reports online of bed bugs (or other negative feedback) in Facebook groups, Yelp reviews, or other online forums. For example, the database Bed Bug Reports is a good source compiling guest reports of hotel infestations.
- A foul-smelling scent can be found around bed bugs. The smell originates from the bed bug detecting a threat and releasing chemicals called “alarm pheromones”. This smell is sometimes described as “musty” or “sweet,” or compared to cilantro or almonds.
- Mattresses can be riddled with tiny, dark stains, which are left by the bed bugs. Bed Bugs create these stains from defecating or being crushed. Make sure to remove all bedding and check the bare mattress closely for stains left by the bed bugs if you feel there is an infestation.
THE DANGERS OF BED BUGS
A physical reaction to bed bugs can occur. The reactions can range from nonexistent to extremely serious. Most people fall in the middle of this spectrum, experiencing bite reactions that come with minor swelling or puffiness, intense itching, and a pinkish discoloration. Bed bugs bites can come in two forms, random clusters or a straight line. The straight line bites are more common than the random cluster bites.
While many people experience minor reactions or no reaction to bed bug bites, there are a small number of people who suffer extremely serious physical health issues as a result of being bitten. An extreme risk of being bitten is having an allergic reaction. The most dangerous allergic reaction to a bed bug bite is an anaphylactic allergic reaction, which can cause the victim to go into shock or even die. You may experience a minor allergic reaction, which can cause pain, swelling, and blistering around the bitten areas.
Other people develop skin infections, such as ecthyma or cellulitis, which can result from excessive scratching of bites. Too much scratching can produce small cuts, allowing bacteria to enter the body and leading to infection.
JACKSONVILLE, FL BED BUG LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS
The Jacksonville bed bug lawyers of Whitney, LLP are dedicated to helping the victims of bed bug infestations pursue fair compensation for their injuries and financial losses. We understand how emotionally, financially, and physically devastating an infestation can be, and we will devote our full attention to aggressively litigating your case or negotiating a settlement.
We have successfully recovered millions of dollars for injured clients. If you believe you may have a bed bug injury claim, contact us online today, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 to set up a free consultation.