If you suffered from a bed bug infestation at your hotel or apartment in Orlando, various parties may be to blame, such as landlords, property managers, or negligent pest control companies. The Orlando bed bug lawyers of Whitney, LLP can help your family explore its legal options for seeking compensation for a bed bug infestation. We have years of experience representing plaintiffs in Florida bed bug lawsuits against hotel franchises, pest termination companies, landlords, property managers, and others. If you have questions about liability for bed bugs in Orlando, contact our law offices online, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 to set up a free legal consultation today.
How Do You Know if You Have Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs have a wide habitat that extends across the United States, including the state of Florida. These small, blood-sucking insects can inflict itchy bites that, in some cases, become infected or lead to other health complications. Bed bugs can also cause extensive property damage, sometimes requiring victims to destroy and replace thousands of dollars in clothing, furniture, and other household goods. This can be devastating to families, particularly in households with many antiques or irreplaceable heirlooms.
Bed bugs can be difficult to spot, since they do not generally grow beyond a quarter of an inch in length. They are wingless, six-legged, oval-shaped insects that range from a pale color to dark red-brown, depending on age and feeding habits. They often leave stains and droppings behind, especially on mattresses and bedding. Though called “bed” bugs, these nocturnal pests can also be found on curtains, in clothing, under carpets, behind furniture, and even around electrical outlets.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Bed bug bites vary in appearance across individuals. Some people may suffer from pronounced and severe bites, while others experience mild skin irritation, and others experience almost no effects at all.
In most instances, bites take several days to develop, leaving itchy, pink welts similar in size and appearance to a mosquito bite. Sometimes the bites are arranged in straight rows, while in other cases bite marks are arranged in random groupings. Even if you believe the marks were caused by bed bugs, you should always consult with your doctor or dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis.
Because bed bugs feed nocturnally, you will likely be asleep when bitten, and probably will not realize anything unusual has occurred until one or more days have passed. This can delay and complicate bite identification, underscoring the importance of a professional medical diagnosis.
Are Bed Bugs Dangerous to Humans?
There is a common misconception that bed bug bites are merely nuisances. Unfortunately, bed bug bites are more than simply “itchy” or “annoying” – they can also have serious ramifications for your health, depending on how you react to being bitten. While uncommon, there have been documented cases of bed bug bites triggering anaphylaxis: a rapid-onset, possibly deadly allergic reaction most commonly associated with bee stings. People who are experiencing an anaphylactic reaction will exhibit facial swelling and signs of respiratory distress, making quick intervention critical.
Bed bug bites can also lead to another health problem: bacterial skin infections. It is not the bites themselves that cause infections, but frequent scratching of the bites, which can open infection-prone wounds in the skin.
Can I Sue a Hotel, Landlord, or Pest Control Company for a Bed Bug Infestation in Florida?
Depending on the setting and circumstances, various parties may be at fault for a bed bug infestation and the resulting injuries or property damage. For example, hotels and motels are required to provide their guests with accommodations that are free of pests and infestations. If a hotel rents out infested rooms, and guests are harmed as a result, those guests may have a claim against the hotel.
Negligent pest control companies are also frequently named in bed bug lawsuits. For example, a pest control company may misrepresent the services it has performed, or may fail to perform the services correctly, causing the infestation to persist. This can occur if a pest control worker is inexperienced, lacks adequate supervision, or lacks adequate extermination equipment.
In most instances, filing a successful personal injury claim hinges having the evidence to prove that you were harmed due to the careless actions, or failures to act, of one or more parties. Medical records, photographs of the infestation, and maintenance records or pest control contracts can all serve as valuable evidence to support your bed bug claim.
Our Orlando Bed Bug Attorneys Can Help
A bed bug infestation is more than just an inconvenience or a disruption. For many victims, it becomes a nightmare, creating an ongoing state of anxiety, insomnia, physical health issues, and devastating financial losses as damaged property gets replaced. If you were affected by a bed bug infestation at your hotel or apartment complex in Orlando, contact the Orlando bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP to find out how we can help. Contact our law offices online to set up a free consultation, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 today.