BED BUG ATTORNEY FOR MYRTLE BEACH, SC
Myrtle Beach has become one of the country’s most well-known beaches due to its extremely moderate weather, variety of conventions, events, and concerts. Along with having multiple boardwalks that each have their own amusement parks, food stands, and summer firework shows, Myrtle Beach is a super hot spot for everyone of all ages throughout the year. With all of this traffic coming into the city, especially during Summer and Spring seasons, hotels and apartments have started popping up to accommodate the need for these visitors. Unfortunately, not all of these living spaces have landlords or managers that properly keep the conditions up-to-date on health standards. In recent years, Myrtle Beach has seen a rise in bed bug infestations due to the popularity of the beaches also rising.
Bed bugs can overtake any hotel room or apartment building, no matter how tidy and new the premises are. Attracted by their sole food source – blood – bed bugs are drawn to any environment where they can easily hide and feed. To fight bed bug populations and improve public health, counties and cities throughout South Carolina have enacted regulations holding landlords responsible for extermination. Similarly, hotels are required to ensure that guest accommodations are hazard-free and fit for habitation. If you were bitten by bed bugs at a hotel or apartment building in Myrtle Beach, you may have cause to file a bed bug claim. 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.
WHAT ARE BED BUGS?
The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) is a nocturnal, parasitic insect belonging to the Cimicidae family. Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, which may be consumed from any warm-blooded host, including humans, dogs, cats, and birds, depending on what is available in their environment.
Physically speaking, bed bugs are brown, wingless, and six-legged, ranging from a few millimeters in length to roughly one-quarter of an inch depending on how recently they have fed. This ability to expand sometimes causes bed bugs to be confused with ticks, which have eight legs instead of six. Bed bugs also have antennae, which ticks lack.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR MYRTLE BEACH APARTMENT OR HOTEL ROOM HAS BED BUGS
While some pests are curious or aggressive toward humans, bed bugs tend to hide from perceived threats. Combined with their nocturnal feeding schedule and the fact that they do not make noise, this can make bed bugs very difficult to spot. Fortunately, there are several “red flags” that might help you detect a hidden hotel or apartment infestation:
- You or other people sleeping in the unit begin to develop itchy, red bites and have intense itching
- Bloodstains on the sheets
- Foul, unusual odors (often described as “sweet” or “musty”), potentially caused by bed bug alarm pheromones
- Small stains and/or piles of molted skins on your bare mattress, pillows, or bedding, likely mixed with egg cases
ARE BED BUGS DANGEROUS?
Yes. There is a common misconception that bed bug bites are itchy, but ultimately harmless. While this may prove true for some people, many are less fortunate, experiencing bite-related complications such as:
- Anaphylaxis – Anaphylaxis is a swift and serious allergic reaction often linked to peanuts or bee stings. It can also be caused by the proteins in bed bug saliva, which enters the host’s body while the insect feeds. Symptoms of anaphylaxis, which can be fatal in extreme cases, include weakness, nausea, facial swelling, respiratory problems, and shock.
- Bacterial Infections – Secondary bacterial infections, such as cellulitis, lymphangitis, and impetigo, are a risk for people with open wounds from scratching or picking at bed bug bites.
- Sleep and Mood Disorders – Living with bed bugs is a stressful, isolating experience that can have detrimental effects on mood and sleep patterns. Many victims of infestations report experiencing insomnia, depression, or anxiety – which can long outlast the infestation itself.
SUING YOUR LANDLORD OR HOTEL FOR BED BUGS IN MYRTLE BEACH
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina adopted the International Property Maintenance Code, which requires dwelling to be free of infestation at the time of occupancy. When a hotel or apartment is rented and contains bed bugs, and the occupant experiences an injury as the result, the occupant has a claim to recover for their injuries and damages.
In the state of South Carolina, victims of personal injury including bed bug bite injury claims will typically have three years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit in the court of law. Victims who are minors, under the age of 18, typically have three years from the date of their 18th birthday to file a personal injury civil lawsuit in a South Carolina court. Even though you have three years, a claim should be brought as soon as possible in order to preserve all available evidence.
MYRTLE BEACH BED BUG INJURY CLAIM ATTORNEYS
Myrtle Beach vacationers should not have to worry about bed bugs infesting their hotel or apartment. If you suffered bed bug bites, emotional distress or financial losses because of a hotel or apartment infestation in Myrtle Beach, ask the attorneys at Whitney, LLP how we can help you recover your losses and fight for justice. To arrange a free legal consultation, contact our law offices online, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 to speak with a bed bug lawyer in Myrtle Beach today.