BED BUG ATTORNEY SERVICING RICHMOND, VA
Sitting as the capital of Virginia, Richmond dates all the way back to the early 1700s when it was founded as a town, then becoming a city in the late 1800s. The city has been a home of American history for centuries due to its part in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Tourists have come from all over to see the history of the city right before their eyes in a wide variety of museums and historic landmarks throughout the town. Although Richmond is not home to any big name sports teams, many major league sports team will travel to Richmond to practice in their advanced training facilities for months at a time, drawing even more attention of tourists. All of this traffic is managed with the help of hotels, rental apartments, or Airbnbs to help tourists enjoy their stay. Unfortunately, residents staying within these rental living spaces have reported bed bugs popping up and causing issues. If you or someone you know has recently been the victim of bed bugs while staying in a rental place, contact the Richmond bed bug lawyers of Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 to receive a free legal consultation. Here is what our clients have to say about us.
BED BUGS? WHAT ARE THEY?
When looking for easily noticeable characteristics of bed bugs, you must know that they are tiny, brownish colored insects that won’t look bigger than about a quarter of an inch. Their bodies are oval in shape and look ridged with six legs, no wings, and an elongated mouth that helps them with feeding and piercing skin. When a bed bug feeds on a large amount of blood, their bodies can swell to become much larger than their original size, which can sometimes throw unsuspecting victims off.
Bed bugs are usually noted as being tiny insects that hide within your sleeping areas and can cause damage to your health, either physically or mentally. Bed bugs only feed on warm-blooded mammals so this means that you’re not the only possible victim in your home if you have pets or other rodents. Making sure to check not only your bed, but your pet’s bed, can save both of you in the long run if you suspect bed bugs may be in your home.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A BED BUG INFESTATION IN RICHMOND
While the easiest way to determine if you have an infestation is to physically see them crawling around, there are other warning signs to look out for when staying in a hotel, apartment, or Airbnb. Staying on the lookout for these signs can help prevent a future or current infestation taking place:
- If you plan on traveling away from home and staying in a hotel, apartment, or Airbnb, doing proper research on living arrangements before you book can save you thousands of dollars in possible damages. Finding reports of previous bed bugs on Facebook, Yelp, TripAdvisor, or other online forums can be a good source since these are usually where people go to leave reviews.
- Noticing a foul-smelling odor in a seemingly clean room can be probable cause that bed bugs are around. This smell comes from bed bugs detecting predators are nearby and releasing a scent to other bed bugs to stay alert. The scent has been described as usually “musty” or “sweet”.
- If you notice your mattress is riddled with dark, tiny stains, this may be due to bed bugs being crushed while you sleep or their defecate. If this is the case, remove all bedding and check the bare mattress for any signs of stains or marks.
THE DANGERS OF BED BUGS IN YOUR RICHMOND APARTMENT HOME
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.
RICHMOND, VA BED BUG LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS
The Richmond 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.