Airbnb offers thousands of rental options throughout the Maryland area, ranging from single rooms at budget rates to luxury mansions for parties and celebrations. The flexibility and versatility of Airbnb has vaulted this service to popularity – but while most guests have enjoyable visits, there can also be serious issues with the accommodations provided. For example, many guests have reported that their rooms were infested by bed bugs, which are capable of causing serious health problems and costly property damage.
If there were bed bugs in your Airbnb in Maryland, you should talk to an attorney about your legal options. If you suffered injuries or financial losses due to the Airbnb infestation, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical treatment, pain and suffering, property damage, and other losses you incurred. At Whitney, LLP, we are experienced Maryland Airbnb bed bug attorneys, and are ready to fight vigorously for you and your family. Contact us online today to set up a free consultation, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000.
Suing an Airbnb for a Bed Bug Infestation
You may be able to file a lawsuit against Airbnb for a bed bug infestation in Maryland, depending on several factors. For instance, you must be able to show that Airbnb was aware of the infested condition, or otherwise acted negligently in allowing you to rent the space.
It may also be possible to file a claim against the homeowner responsible for cleaning and maintaining the property where you stayed. Again, it will be vital to prove negligence, which occurs when a person or business fails to meet a reasonable standard, causing another person to suffer injury as a result.
How to Find Bed Bugs in Your Airbnb
Bed bugs are attracted by blood, not garbage. No matter how fresh and tidy your rented space looks, it is always a good idea to check your Airbnb for bed bugs. Here are some possible warning signs of a bed bug infestation at your Airbnb:
- Dark specks or stains on the mattress, caused either by crushed bed bugs or bed bug excretions
- Strange, unpleasant odors, frequently described as “musty” or “sweet”
- Bed bug egg cases, which are tiny, pale, somewhat transparent, and capsule-shaped
When planning a trip to Maryland., it’s a good idea to thoroughly research any Airbnb you are interested in booking. You may find negative feedback from previous guests on forums or other online groups.
Identifying Bed Bugs and Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs are small, brown insects with six legs, no wings, and long, piercing mouthparts, which they use to puncture skin and drink blood – their only source of food. In their normal state, bed bugs are round or oval-shaped, but relatively thin and flat in profile. Their shape changes dramatically when they feed, growing engorged and distended to accommodate the blood meal.
Bed bug bites typically cause pink, puffy welts, which are similar in appearance to mosquito bites. These welts may appear almost immediately, within a day, or after several days of the feeding. Some individuals have no physical or visible reaction at all, and may not even realize they have been bitten.
Though bed bug bites are commonly arranged in zig-zags or straight lines, there are also cases in which the bites are arranged randomly. It is wise to see a physician or dermatologist as soon as possible to identify and diagnose the bites, then decide on a course of treatment for your skin.
Are Bed Bug Bites Dangerous?
Most people do not experience strong reactions to bed bug bites, with physical effects frequently limited to minor skin irritation and itching. Unfortunately, some people are more susceptible to the bites, and can experience significantly worse health problems as a result.
Examples of serious medical issues associated with bed bug infestations include anaphylaxis, which is a potentially fatal allergic reaction, and bacterial skin infections, which include impetigo, cellulitis, and ecthyma. Anaphylaxis is caused by proteins in the bed bug’s saliva, while bacterial infections can develop from cuts caused by excessive scratching. For this reason, it is important to try not to scratch the bites, even if the itching is intense.
Bed bug bites can also blister and ooze, increasing the level of pain and the risk of permanent scarring. Moreover, many victims report experiencing insomnia, anxiety, and depression as a result of their exposure.
Maryland Airbnb Bed Bug Lawsuit Attorneys
The victims of bed bug infestations often feel frustrated, hopeless, and unsure of where to turn for assistance. At Whitney, LLP, we have established a reputation for providing deft, hard-hitting legal representation. Bed bug litigation comprises a significant portion of the cases we handle, giving us a strategic edge over firms that are less experienced within this complex niche of personal injury law.
If you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation at your Airbnb in Maryland, you need a focused and committed attorney to help you. To set up a free legal consultation, contact Whitney, LLP online, or call our law offices today at (410) 583-8000.