BED BUG ATTORNEY FOR RALEIGH, NC
Raleigh, also known as the “City of Oaks” due to its large amount of oak trees in and around the city, is the capital and 2nd largest city in North Carolina. Raleigh is also one of America’s longest-standing cities due to it being an early example of a planned city in the late 1700s. Through years and years of expansion and growth, Raleigh has become home to a wide variety of historic places, performing arts, and sports entertainment. With tourists coming from all over to catch a glimpse of these landmarks, hotels and apartments have seen an influx of occupying guests in recent years.
With all of this traffic coming in and out of hotels and apartments, the chances of running into bed bugs has significantly increased. Keeping an eye out for bed bugs when you check into a new hotel room, rental apartment, or Airbnb can possibly save you thousands of dollars in damages as well as heavy emotional stress. The Raleigh bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP have recovered over $10 million for our clients dealing with bed bugs. Call us today at (410) 324-3039 to speak with an attorney and receive a free legal consultation. Attorney’s fees and case expenses are only paid once we recover compensation for you. Here is what our clients have to say about us.
HOW CAN I IDENTIFY A BED BUG?
While knowing what a bed bug looks like can be a challenge for someone who’s never seen one before, taking the time to learn could help you prevent a very upsetting situation. Bed bugs are small, brown insects that usually hide within your bedsheets waiting for you or your pets to fall asleep to feast on your blood.
As far as physical characteristics go, bed bugs are incredibly small and generally look no bigger than a quarter of an inch. With oval-shaped bodies, they are brown, ridged, and semi-transparent, with six legs, no wings, and elongated mouths that help with piercing skin. When bed bugs feed on blood, they can swell up to 3 times their original size, becoming elongated and cylindrical.
HEALTH RISKS FROM BED BUG BITES
Fortunately, the average person will not suffer extreme reactions from a bed bug bite. But that also means that if you notice you’re experiencing a reaction that is a serious allergic reaction, you may be in danger for several health risks. Some potential risks such as insomnia, anxiety, and intense stress can all stem from bed bug bites, regardless of the size of the attack. Other risks can include:
- Anaphylaxis – Often associated with bee stings, anaphylaxis is a rapid-onset, potentially fatal allergic response to specific proteins contained within bed bug saliva. Saliva, carrying these proteins, enters the body in minute quantities while the bed bug is feeding. Symptoms and effects of anaphylaxis include weakness, nausea, vomiting, respiratory problems, and shock.
- Bacterial Infections – Bed bug bites can be very itchy. Unfortunately, too much scratching increases the risk of skin infection. If scratching cuts open the skin, bacteria can enter the body through the open wounds, leading to infections such as cellulitis, impetigo, and ecthyma.
BED BUG LAWS FOR LANDLORDS IN RALEIGH, NC
In the state of North Carolina, there are laws in place to help tenants defend themselves against landlords who knowingly neglect a bed bug infestation and put their tenant’s health and well being in danger. With the introduction of House Bill 721, landlords must provide an apartment that is free of any pests as well as not lease or rent a property that is infested by bed bugs. To properly lease one out after a bed bug infestation has occurred, they must receive proper certification from a pest control company. The bill also states that tenants must inform landlords, in writing, within five days of becoming aware of any and all infestations. Once the landlord is made aware, he then has five days to have the unit or property exterminated. Being aware of all of this when you look to file a claim for bed bug injury or damage to your physical or mental health can play a crucial part if you are seeking proper compensation. The experienced Raleigh bed bug lawyers at Whitney, LLP offer free legal consultation to all of our clients.
RALEIGH, NC BED BUG INJURY ATTORNEYS
In the unfortunate chance that you or a loved one were victims of bed bug attacks in a hotel or apartment away from home, you may be entitled to receive compensation and sue the hotel manager or landlord. The Raleigh bed bug injury lawyers at Whitney, LLP offer free legal consultations so you can further understand what options are open to you and how much you may be entitled to. If you want help with your case, call Whitney, LLP today and set up a free legal consultation. We also charge no fees or expenses until we recover compensation for you. Our number is (410)-583-8000.