BED BUG ATTORNEY IN PALM SPRINGS, CA
Palm Springs, California is home to more than 40,000 residents – and among them, are hidden bed bugs. Bed bugs can invade almost any structure, from luxury condos and five-star resorts to apartment units and hotel suites. 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 Palm Springs, you should discuss your legal options with the Palm Springs bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP. Depending on the facts of your claim, we may be able to seek compensation on your behalf. You could be entitled to financial compensation for bodily injury, emotional distress, medical costs, destruction of your personal property, 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 or Cimex lectularius (C. lectularius) are nocturnal, parasitic insects which feed exclusively the blood of mammals, which includes humans, cats, dogs, or other animals it can reach.
Bed bugs are tough, hardy insects that can withstand extremes which would kill other pests, making them equally urgent – and difficult – to deal with. Bed bug populations tend to surge during the summer months, since hot weather can accelerate their breeding cycles. Bed bugs are able to live up to 18 months without feeding, making proper treatment necessary to exterminate them. Ignoring an infestation does not work.
In physical appearance, bed bugs are small, brown, wingless, and semi-transparent. They have ridges along their flat, oval-shaped bodies. As they feed, bed bugs become dramatically elongated, swelling into a cylinder shape to accommodate the size they are gaining from the blood meal.
CAN YOU SUE FOR A BED BUG INFESTATION IN PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA?
Under a combination of state laws and municipal regulations, landlords and hotels are generally required to disclose bed bug infestations to tenants or guests. For example, in January 2017, California adopted a new set of bed bug regulations for landlords, such as California Civil Code § 1954.602, which bans landlords from leasing or even showing units with known bed bug infestations.
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, and placed you in an infested unit, you may be able to recover compensation.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE BED BUGS IN PALM SPRINGS
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, TripAdvisor, Yelp reviews, or other online forums. For example, the database Bed Bug Reports is a source compiling guest reports of hotel infestations.
- A foul-smelling scent can be found around bed bugs. The smell originates from the bed bug detecting a threat and releasing chemicals called “alarm pheromones”. 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?
A physical reaction to bed bugs can occur. The reactions can range from nonexistent to extremely serious. Most people fall in the middle of this spectrum, experiencing bite reactions that come with minor swelling or puffiness, intense itching, and a pinkish discoloration. Bed bugs bites are often in groups of two or three, and sometimes appear to be in clusters. A typical victim of bed bug bites will often see bites in what appears to be a line of three bites across their skin.
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. Scarring and disfigurement from bed bug bites often results after a severe episode of being bitten.
PALM SPRINGS BED BUG LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS
The Palm Springs bed bug lawyers of Whitney, LLP are dedicated to helping victims of bed bug infestations pursue fair compensation for their injuries and financial losses. We understand how emotionally, financially, and physically devastating an infestation can be, and do our best to obtain compensation that takes those injuries into account.
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.