Oxon Hill is located just north of the growing entertainment district of National Harbor, which features a new casino and lots of dining options. This means lots of visitors and new residents are coming there. The city has a population of approximately 18,000, roughly half of which are renters. There are many new apartment developments in the area along with the older housing stock in nearby Forest Heights and Temple Hills.
Any type of apartment or hotel, or casino, whether it is old or new, could be subject to a bed bug infestation. When this happens, the injured parties can file bed bug bite claims. This is where the lawyers at Whitney, LLP come in. We have recovered over $11,000,000 in compensation for clients who have been victims in bed bug cases. Call us at (410) 583-8000 to request your legal consultation, or use our online contact form. You will not have to bear any out-of-pocket costs or expenses.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are tiny nocturnal insects that will hide in your bedding, furniture or even walls. At night, they will bite you and make a meal of your blood. These pests lie dormant and do not even need to eat for up to a year. You probably will not even be able to see these microscopic pests since they can be as small as 1 millimeter. However, you will certainly be able to feel their presence when they start biting you. It could even be possible to see the bloodstains from their bites on your mattress since these tiny pests can cause big damage.
The Mental Dangers of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are blood-sucking insects. While they usually cannot take enough to cause serious harm from blood loss, they can injure you in many other ways. Just knowing that these critters are around and waiting to feed on you is enough some serious stress. When you hear stories of people suffering from mental anguish from bed bugs, they are hardly any exaggeration. Studies have shown that 29% of people who live in bed bug-infested homes suffer from sleeplessness. Most people in these situations will suffer from emotional distress.
These are very real damages that cost you in many ways. Since a bed bug infestation often requires getting rid of beds, sheets, clothing, and furniture, the financial repercussions can be large. Paying these bills and throwing away cherished belongings will only add to the stress.
Physical Injuries from Bed Bug Bites
A bed bug bite will break your skin. When this happens, if you are allergic, you may suffer an irritation that manifests as an itchy red sore. If you get enough of them, they could develop into a severe rash. Bed bugs also affect their hosts through saliva, which causes infection and, in some cases, severe allergic reactions. Bed bug bites can be physically painful and debilitating.
Protecting Your Legal Rights with Bed Bugs
Landlords and hotel owners are not allowed to rent out premises that are infested with bed bugs. Not only will an infestation put you at risk, but it could also be against several different laws. It breaks landlord/tenant and consumer protection laws. Beyond that, failure to keep premises free of harmful insects is also a form of negligence. A property owner in Oxon Hill, Forest Heights or Temple Hills must take action when an insect infestation is discovered. This usually means hiring professional exterminators. However, some owners are slow to act, and even professionals could have a difficult time getting rid of these insects. If a landlord or hotel owner fails to take responsibility for bed bug infestation, consider reaching out to a lawyer at Whitney, LLP.
When victims suffer losses, whether they are from physical injuries or financial harms, bed bug bite claims are the way to hold landlords or hotel owners legally responsible for their failures. The law exists to protect you. Meeting with a bed bug attorney will enlighten you on your legal rights and path to recover compensation.
Oxon Hill, MD, Bed Bug Lawyer for Apartment and Hotel Claims
Call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 to set up your legal consultation, or use our online form. This will be the first step towards filing a claim for your bed bug damages. You should not have to bear the consequences of your landlord’s lack of attention to their property. Whitney, LLP will work with you to hold the responsible parties accountable. We will fight for you so that you can obtain the financial compensation that will cover your losses. There are no out-of-pocket costs or expenses to use our services.