BED BUG ATTORNEY FOR LOUISVILLE, KY
Louisville currently stands as the largest city in Kentucky with roughly 780,000 residents, made up of entrepreneurs, college students, sports fans, and engineers. Louisville prides itself on holding annual events, festivals, and fairs for not only the local community but the nationwide fans as well. With all sorts of events going on like the Kentucky Derby, Thunder Over Louisville, and Kentucky State Fair, there is something for everyone to do regardless of the time of year. Due to the heavy amount of tourism the city generates with these events though, more hotels and various rental spaces have begun to pop up. Unfortunately, not all of these spaces have kept themselves as clean as they should be as bed bug infestations are taking place in the Louisville area. Apartments in Louisville have also been encountering more bed bugs, with some of these bed bug infestations making the local news. You can report a local bed bug infestation in Louisville here.
If bed bugs infest your home, apartment, hotel room, or AirBnB in Louisville, you should discuss your legal options with the Louisville bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP. Depending on the facts of your claim, we may be able to seek compensation on your behalf. You could be entitled to financial compensation for bodily injury, emotional distress, 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. Here is what our clients have to say about us.
IDENTIFYING BED BUGS
Bed bugs are very small, nocturnal insects that feed only on warm-blooded mammals which means that you and your pets are at risk whenever there are signs of bed bugs. Due to the very small nature of these insects, they become incredibly tough to find and identify. As well, they are able to withstand extreme weather conditions (especially the heat) which makes them even more of a threat during the summer months.
A bed bug physically is small, brown, wingless, and semi-transparent. They have ridges on their flat, oval-shaped bodies. When they eat, they become elongated, swelling into a cylinder shape to accommodate the blood meal.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE BED BUGS IN YOUR HOTEL
There are several ways to determine whether bed bugs are present in your 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 in 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 of bed bugs (or other negative feedback) on Facebook groups, Yelp reviews, or other online forums including TripAdvisor. For example, the database Bed Bug Reports is a source compiling guest reports of hotel infestations.
- Bed bugs have a distinct and unpleasant odor, so if you notice a foul smell, bed bugs could be to blame. This smell is sometimes described as “musty” or “sweet,” or compared to cilantro or almonds.
- Bed bugs leave mattresses riddles with tiny, dark stains. These stains are caused when the bed bugs defecate or are crushed. When looking for bed bugs, remove all bedding and check the bare mattress closely for stains left by bed bugs.
DANGERS OF GETTING A BED BUG BITE
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.
Some people develop skin infections, such as ecthyma or cellulitis, from the excessive scratching of bites. If you scratch the bites too much, it can lead to cuts forming, which can allow bacteria into the body to start infections.
The emotional distress from encountering bed bugs can be severe. Constant worrying about bed bugs, concerns about bites and scarring, and anxiety over bringing the infestation home are common mental health issues that arise after encountering bed bugs.
LOUISVILLE BED BUG LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS
The Louisville bed bug lawyers of Whitney, LLP are dedicated to helping victims of bed bug infestations go after negligent hotels and property managers to receive fair compensation for the amount of damage caused by a bed bug infestation or attack. We understand how emotionally, financially, and physically devastating an infestation can be, and our bed bug claim attorneys at Whitney, LLP have experience recovering compensation . We have successfully recovered over $11 millions for injured clients in bed bug claims and cases. 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.