BED BUG ATTORNEY SERVICING PHOENIX, AZ
Being the capital and most populous city of Arizona, there is an enormous amount of traffic that comes in and out of the city daily. Because of this, Phoenix has a wide variety of large hotels, rental apartments, and Airbnb services that can cater to any size group looking to travel. Unfortunately though, this heavy amount of traffic can also bring along bed bug infestations. If your apartment, hotel room, motel room, or Airbnb had bed bugs, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For fair compensation, you will need to file a claim or lawsuit against either your landlord, hotel manager, or exterminator. With more than 20 years of experience filing bed bug lawsuits in Arizona, the Phoenix bed bug lawyers of Whitney, LLP are here to help you through this process. Contact us online to set up a free consultation, or call (410) 583-8000 to speak with a bed bug attorney in Phoenix today.
WHAT DO BED BUGS LOOK LIKE?
Physical reactions to bed bug bites range from nonexistent to extremely serious. While some individuals do not experience any symptoms after being bitten, others develop oozing, painful blisters and swellings, requiring swift medical care. Most individuals develop bite marks similar to those left by a mosquito. These markings are generally pink, raised, and itchy. They may appear in straight lines, or be randomly grouped in clusters. Since reactions to bites can vary – and in some cases, require aggressive treatment – it is critical to see a physician for prompt and accurate diagnosis.
ARE BED BUGS DANGEROUS?
While bed bugs can be a heavy burden to deal with, they can also pose a significant risk to your mental and physical health. This risk unfortunately increases heavily the longer the infestation persists and untreated. Health issues to look out for that have been tied to bed bug infestations include:
- Allergic Reactions – Whenever a bed bug feeds on blood, it produces saliva that carries a high amount of protein called “antigens”. These forms of protein can be extremely dangerous to certain individuals that are allergic to it and bring on allergic reactions. The common response for these kinds of reactions are called “anaphylaxis”, which can be potentially life-threatening.
- Bacterial Infections – Having bites that are caused by bed bugs can make the skin surrounding the area very itchy, and if enough scratching or picking is done to the sensitive area, it can open small wounds in the skin. This leads to bacteria possibly entering the body and causing infections such as ecthyma, impetigo, and cellulitis.
- Mood and Sleep Disorders – While physical symptoms from bed bug bites are highly common, mental issues can also arise such as mood and sleep disorders. The trauma from dealing with bed bugs can bring a heavy toll on victims that have dealt with them for prolonged periods of time. As well, bed bugs mostly feed at night which causes victims to wake up and mess up their sleep schedule.
CAN YOU SUE YOUR LANDLORD OR HOTEL FOR BED BUGS IN PHOENIX, AZ?
Making claims against a landlord or hotel depends heavily on the neglect from these establishments. Arizona law requires that all landlords “must keep the property in a fit and habitable condition”, as well as keeping the unit free of any infestation of bed bugs. This means, to make a claim against either the landlord or hotel, you’ll need to prove that these entities failed to meet these requirements even though they were notified or made aware of the infestation.
As well, by Arizona law, it falls onto the landlord’s responsibility to treat any bed bug infestation that they are made aware of within 7 business days. If they go over this time window, you can look to receive proper compensation for the issues caused by the bed bugs.
OUR PHOENIX, AZ BED BUG ATTORNEYS CAN HELP