The bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP have many years of experience representing plaintiffs against negligent pest control companies, hotels, motels, resorts, landlords, cleaning services, and property managers. If you were bitten by bed bugs at a hotel or private residence in Las Vegas, we are here to help you recover compensation. With millions of dollars successfully recovered, our Las Vegas bed bug infestation lawyers are ready to fight for you and your family. For a free legal consultation about bed bug lawsuits in Nevada, contact Whitney, LLP online, or call our law offices at (410) 583-8000 today.
How to Tell 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. Blood creates visible patterns inside of their bodies, which are slightly transparent depending on the specimen’s age and sex.
Bed bugs are nocturnal, which means they normally emerge at night. However, you may see bed bugs during the day if an infestation grows severe, or if food becomes readily available to them during daylight hours. Though they feed exclusively on blood, bed bugs are not choosy about their prey, and will feed opportunistically from humans or warm-blooded pets, depending on what is easiest to reach.
Once you know what bed bugs look like, the next step is learning how to identify the “calling cards” they leave behind. Other than the presence of live bed bugs, warning signs of an infestation 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.
Identifying Bed Bug Bites
Identifying a bed bug bite can be challenging, as bites can produce varied physical reactions in different people. While some people do not respond at all, others suffer extreme reactions, as described in the following section. Most individuals develop puffy pink or red welts, which itch and irritate the skin. These welts often, but not always, appear in straight lines, marking the path where the bed bug has crawled on and bitten exposed skin. Bites can appear on any part of the body left exposed during sleep, and may appear anywhere from minutes to days after feeding occurs.
Are Bed Bugs 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.
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.
Can You Sue Your Landlord, Hotel, or Pest Control Company for Bed Bugs in Nevada?
The answer to this question depends on why and when the infestation and resulting injuries occurred. In order to prevail in a Nevada bed bug lawsuit against a hotel, landlord, or others, the plaintiff will need to prove that the party at fault was somehow negligent, or careless, leading to injuries that could have been prevented had the defendant acted differently.
It is also important to keep the timing of your case in mind. Your case will be directly impacted by a deadline known as the “statute of limitations,” which establishes a limited period of time in which a lawsuit may be filed. It is critical to consult a Nevada bed bug lawyer as soon as possible, which has several advantages over delaying:
- It is easier to recover vital evidence before it is lost or deteriorates.
- The sooner you file your claim, the sooner you may be able to get compensated.
- There is less risk that the statute of limitations will expire before your case is ready to be litigated.
Las Vegas Bed Bug Infestation Attorneys
Nobody should have to suffer because of another party’s negligence. If a bed bug infestation at your Las Vegas hotel, home, or apartment caused you to sustain injuries or financial losses, Whitney, LLP is here to help you explore your legal options. For a free and completely confidential consultation with a Las Vegas bed bug attorney, contact our law offices online today, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000.