North Bethesda is located just 4 miles northwest of the nation’s capital. Many of its residents are young professionals who commute to Washington, D.C., Rockville, Silver Spring or Bethesda. The area has 22,508 renters and 26,369 residents who live in owner-occupied housing, and they all should take the threat posed by bed bugs very seriously. Visitors to North Bethesda have lodging options that run the gamut from luxury hotels to economy motels. While some visit the area to take in attractions like Cabin John Regional Park or the Strathmore Music Center, most come because they have business to attend to at one of the many government agencies, nonprofit organizations or corporations headquartered in North Bethesda.
Bed bugs generally enter a building on an individual’s clothing or in their luggage, which means they can infest a luxury apartment or five-star hotel just as easily as more modest accommodations. If you have sustained bed bug bites or have had to throw out property because of bed bugs, you may be able to pursue civil remedies against a negligent hotel proprietor or landlord. The bed bug attorneys at Whitney, LLP have years of experience in this area and have recovered millions of dollars for clients who have suffered injury, loss or damage caused by bed bug infestations. If you would like to learn more about your legal options, call Whitney, LLP on (410) 583-8000 to schedule a legal consultation today.
Bed Bugs Are Resilient Pests
Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals, and they are very difficult to eradicate once they have made themselves at home. They can lurk in the shadows and live for a year or longer without eating, and female bed bugs lay one or two eggs every single day. This means that a few solitary bed bugs can turn into a major infestation very quickly. Getting rid of bed bugs is very difficult and generally involves administering pesticides several times; heating rooms to temperatures above 122 degrees Fahrenheit for prolonged periods; throwing out bedding, mattresses, and furniture; and frequent vacuuming.
Health Conditions Linked to Bed Bugs
Bed bugs have been linked to several serious conditions, such as:
• Bacterial infections. Bed bug bites can be maddeningly itchy, and even the most disciplined individual may find the urge to scratch them impossible to resist. Bites that have been picked or scratched often become dangerously infected and may leave permanent scars, and serious skin ailments including ecthyma, impetigo and lymphangitis have been linked to bed bug infestations.
• Anaphylaxis. Bed bug bites often provoke a severe allergic response known as an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis occurs very quickly and can be deadly if it is not treated promptly with ephedrine, intravenous fluids, antihistamines and steroids. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include swelling of the face, throat, and tongue; lightheadedness; shortness of breath; and nausea.
• Psychological trauma. Even those who present no physical symptoms can experience mental health problems like anxiety, depression and insomnia when their environments are infested with bed bugs. These issues are usually linked to the fear of going to sleep, knowing that hundreds or thousands of blood-sucking insects are lying in wait.
Bed Bug Lawsuits Against Hotels or Landlords
Landlords and hotel operators in Maryland are required by law to provide their tenants or guests with a safe environment that is free of potentially dangerous rodents, vermin and insects. If you were bitten by bed bugs in your North Bethesda home or while staying at a hotel or motel in North Bethesda, Holiday Park, Kensington or Rollins Park, you may be entitled to compensation.
The lawyers at Whitney, LLP are experienced in this area and may seek to settle bed bug bite claims at the negotiating table when landlords or hoteliers will consider a settlement. When an amicable resolution cannot be reached, our attorneys could advocate fiercely on your behalf in court to see that you are fairly compensated for your medical costs, lost or damaged property, pain and suffering and mental anguish. Whitney, LLP attorneys are familiar with state and local laws, city and county codes and the remedies available under common law, and they will work tirelessly to see that your grievances are adequately addressed.
North Bethesda, MD, Attorneys for Bed Bug Bite Claims and Lawsuits
A bed bug infestation can impact your physical and psychological health and affect your emotional well-being and financial stability. If you were exposed to bed bugs at a hotel, house or apartment in North Bethesda or the surrounding area, the experienced attorneys at Whitney, LLP could determine who is at fault and seek to hold them legally responsible. Our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for bug bite victims, and they are ready to fight for justice for you. We won’t charge any out-of-pocket fees or expenses either. You can learn more about your legal options by contacting us online or calling us at (410) 583-8000 to schedule a legal consultation.