BED BUG ATTORNEY IN SAN ANTONIO, TX
San Antonio currently stands as the seventh most populous city in the United States, as well as the second most populous city in Texas. Being home to one of the most well known historic forts, The Alamo, people travel from all over to see the deep history engraved in the walls there. But that’s not all, as San Antonio has a handful of other attractions that bring in tourists year round, such as the Botanical Garden, Brackenridge Park, and the Japanese Tea Garden, to name a few. With all of these attractions to boost up tourism, it’s no surprise that there’s an abundance of hotels, apartments, and Airbnbs for visitors to call home for a small vacation. Unfortunately, not all of these locations are kept up to standards with cleanliness as there have been reports of both minor and major bed bug infestations taking place.
The San Antonio bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP have many years of experience handling personal injury claims against hotels, landlords, and other parties responsible for bed bug infestations. If you were bitten by bed bugs at your home or apartment in San Antonio, or while you were visiting a hotel, Airbnb, or bed-and-breakfast, we can help you fight for compensation. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, your pain and suffering, and costs related to property damage and replacement. To learn more in a free and confidential legal consultation, contact Whitney, LLP online, or call our law offices at (410) 583 8000 to speak with an attorney. 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.
WHAT DOES A BED BUG LOOK LIKE?
Bed bugs are small, brown, nocturnal insects that feed exclusively on blood. The common misconception is that bed bugs can only live in dirty areas and that they do not thrive in clean places. This is not true; bed bugs can be found in every condition, from 5-star hotels to rundown apartment buildings. They may latch onto luggage and clothing and get transferred to new homes, where they can create new nests and lay dormant for weeks at a time. Due to their adaptability, resistance to extreme temperatures, and their ability to go for long periods without eating, bed bugs have successfully conquered all types of environments, from rural communities to major urban centers and vacation hotspots.
Bed bugs can look radically different depending on how recently they have fed. Similar to ticks, they are capable of expanding dramatically to accommodate the blood they consume. In their normal state, bed bugs appear to be thin or flattened, and sometimes clear. When feeding, their disc-like bodies change to become more like cylinders, swelling with blood from their host.
ARE THERE ANY HEALTH RISKS THAT COME WITH BED BUG BITES?
Yes, many. Mental and physical health issues can arise from prolonged or even short-term exposure to bed bugs. Examples of health problems linked to bed bug infestations include:
- Anaphylaxis – Anaphylaxis is a serious, fast-acting, and in some cases life-threatening allergic response characterized by facial swelling, nausea, breathing problems, and shock.
- Red, itchy bites across the body and intense itching.
- Bacterial Infections – The wounds caused by picking or scratching at itchy bed bug bites can easily become infected. Skin infections associated with bed bug infestations include MRSA, lymphangitis, ecthyma, and impetigo.
- Mental Health Risks – Living with a bed bug infestation is an intensely stressful experience that can damage the victim’s mental health. Victims of bed bug infestations frequently report depression, anxiety, insomnia, and related issues.
HOW TO DETECT IF YOU HAVE BED BUGS
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 to 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, Yelp reviews, or other online forums. For example, the database Bed Bug Reports is a good source compiling guest reports of hotel infestations.
- When bed bugs detect attackers or intruders, they can release chemicals called “alarm pheromones,” which have a distinct and unpleasant odor. If you notice a foul smell, bed bugs may be to blame. This smell is sometimes described as “musty” or “sweet,” or compared to cilantro or almonds.
- Bed bugs can leave mattresses riddled with tiny, dark stains, which are caused when the bed bugs defecate or are crushed. Remove all of your bedding and check your bare mattress closely for stains left by bed bugs.
SAN ANTONIO, TX BED BUG LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS
The San Antonio bed bug lawyers of Whitney, LLP are dedicated to helping the 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 we will devote our full attention to aggressively litigating your case or negotiating a settlement. 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.