BED BUG ATTORNEY IN NAPLES, FL
Naples, California is home to more than 20,000 residents – and among them, countless hidden bed bugs. Bed bugs can be present in any structure, from a home to a rental property, to a hotel. 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 Naples, you should discuss your legal options with the Naples 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 bed bug bites, emotional distress and anxiety, property damage 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 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.
CAN YOU SUE FOR A BED BUG INFESTATION IN NAPLES, FL?
Under a combination of state laws and municipal regulations, landlords and hotels are generally required to provide properties free of infestation. Further, in Florida, landlords are often 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 of 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.”
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 recover compensation. Compensation, or “damages,” may be available for bed bug bites, anxiety, stress, medical expenses, 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 NAPLES
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 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.
WHAT DO BED BUG BITES LOOK LIKE?
Physical reactions to bed bug bites can range from nonexistent to extremely severe. Most people fall somewhere toward the middle of this spectrum, typically experiencing bite reactions that include minor swelling or puffiness, intense itching, and a pinkish discoloration. Bed bug bites may present in random clusters or straight lines, with the latter presentation being more common.
THE DANGERS OF BED BUGS
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.
NAPLES BED BUG LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS
The Naples bed bug lawyers of Whitney, LLP are dedicated to helping any victims of bed bug infestations go after claims to receive fair compensation for the amount of damage caused to them by a bed bug infestation or attack. We understand how emotionally, financially, and physically devastating an infestation can be, and our attorneys at Whitney, LLP will go after the proper amount of compensation needed for your troubles.
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.