BED BUG LAWYER FOR SAN FRANCISCO, CA
San Francisco, also known as other names such as “San Fran”, “SF”, or “The City”, has become a staple for people looking to move or travel to California and see the West Coast. While the beaches of California are normally known for their hot summers, San Francisco remains a top tourist location for their cool summers and laid back beach scene. Tagged along with having multiple memorable locations such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Chinatown, San Francisco has flung it’s way to the #1 spot of many tourist’s lists. When traveling to San Francisco, be extra mindful of which hotel, apartment, or Airbnb you may stay at due to a recent rise in bed bug infestation cases in the area.
If you or a loved one suffered bed bug bites in a hotel or apartment while staying away from home in San Francisco, contact Whitney, LLP today. Our bed bug lawyers can represent injured bed bug victims against the parties responsible for providing infested rooms and failing to keep them safe. For help with your case and to learn more about injury claims involving bed bug bites, contact Whitney, LLP today at (410) 583-8000. Here is what our clients have to say about us.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A BED BUG
Bed bugs are small, brown, nocturnal insects that feed exclusively on blood. 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 like San Francisco.
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. When feeding, their disc-like bodies change to become more like cylinders, swelling with blood from their host.
CAN BED BUGS BE DANGEROUS?
Bed bugs can be dangerous due to the health problems that can result from exposure. Even short-term exposure can be dangerous, with the level of risk increasing as the infestation persists. Mental and physical health issues that can result from bed bug bites include:
- Allergic Reactions – Sensitivity to specific proteins in bed bug saliva can trigger a debilitating, rapid-onset allergic response known as “anaphylaxis” in a small number of individuals. Effects associated with anaphylaxis include nausea and vomiting, weakness, fatigue, confused thinking, facial swelling, breathing problems, and shock.
- Mood Disorders – Mood disorders like depression and anxiety are common among victims of bed bug infestations, sometimes long outlasting the infestation itself.
- Permanent Scarring – Permanent scars are always a risk of bed bug infestations. Scarring is more likely if the victim scratches or picks at the bites.
- Skin Infections – Bed bug bites can be intensely itchy. The tiny wounds caused by scratching create entries for bacteria into the body, potentially leading to serious bacterial infections such as ecthyma, lymphangitis, and impetigo.
- Sleep Disorders – Insomnia is commonly reported among individuals who have lived with bed bug infestations. The stress and anxiety can make it impossible to sleep normally – particularly because the victims are aware that bed bugs feed at night.
CAN YOU SUE FOR DAMAGES CAUSE BY BED BUGS?
Yes. Landlords and hotels should 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. As the bed bug attorneys at Whitney, LLP have learned from filing many cases, landlords and hotel often place guests in infested rooms just to make a profit by renting another unit.
SAN FRANCISCO BED BUG LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS
The San Francisco 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 the proper 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 arrange a free consultation.