BED BUG LAWYER & ATTORNEY IN ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Running along the west side of Florida’s coasts, St. Petersburg is the second largest city within the Tampa Bay area. Having the title “The Sunshine City” due to it’s nearly year-round days of sunshine, many tourists and families on vacations love to come here for a vibrant getaway with low chance of weather issues. With both large and small scale hotels throughout the city to accommodate this amount of traffic, some visitors have reported issues with bed bugs being found in their rented room. If you have suffered mentally or physically due to bed bugs in a hotel room, apartment rental, or Airbnb, you may be eligible to receive compensation. 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 EXACTLY ARE BED BUGS?
A bed bug is a very small and usually brown colored insect that feeds on blood of any warm-blooded creature. Whether it’s a person, dog, cat, or any other available source of food, bed bugs will infest any area in which food is readily available for them.
While bed bugs usually only range in size to a few millimeters, this can drastically change depending on how much they have eaten. If a bed bug feeds on enough blood, it can sometimes start to look like a tick to people who aren’t sure. This can sometimes cause confusion when determining if you have bed bugs or not, but some good ways to know the difference between the two are:
- Bed bugs only have 6 legs, while ticks have 8
- Ticks do not any antenna’s while bed bugs do
- Bed bugs are usually brown while ticks are mostly black
- Bed bugs are very fast when they crawl
CAN BED BUGS CAUSE ILLNESS?
The simple answer is yes, bed bugs can be dangerous to your health. The most common reaction to bed bug bites that is reported are physical symptoms such as itching and skin irritation. But unfortunately, these reactions can be more severe depending if you are allergic to the saliva that bed bugs produce. Bed bug saliva carries a strain of protein that can cause anaphylaxis which is a highly dangerous allergic reaction that brings the chance of nausea, difficulty breathing, and shock. These are extreme cases though, as some allergic reactions can be more mild and only cause minor effects such as sweltered skin.
Allergic reactions are not the only cause for concern. Excessively scratching bed bug bites creates another risk: bacterial infection and scarring. Scratching or picking at bites can open up tears in the skin, enabling dangerous bacteria to enter the body. Examples of bed bug-related skin infections include impetigo, cellulitis, and ecthyma.
SIGNS OF A BED BUG INFESTATION IN ST. PETERSBURG
Other than physically seeing bed bugs in your apartment or hotel room, there are many other signs to indicate you have a bed bug infestation. Finding them at first can be very tricky due to them hiding during the day and then emerging at night to find sources of food. But, even if you can’t physically see any bed bugs, there are warning signs to look out for that may indicate you have a bed bug infestation. Some of these warning signs to look out for in a hotel or apartment can include:
- Distinct, unpleasant odors that can be caused by bed bug pheromones (distress signals), often described as “sweet”
- Dark stains on your mattress that take a jagged-edged look to them, which may be caused by bed bugs being crushed or their excrement
- Bed bug molted skins or possibly egg cases within your bedding
- Itchy red bites appearing on your skin shortly after sleeping in a new bed
OUR ST. PETERSBURG, FL BED BUG ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
If you or a loved one had their home infested with bed bugs or suffered bed bug bites while staying away from home in a hotel, you may be entitled to filing a claim against the property owner or hotel manager for compensation. The St. Petersburg, FL bed bug injury lawyers at Whitney, LLP offer free legal consultations to help you understand your options and learn what your claim might be worth. For help with your case, call Whitney, LLP today to set up a free legal consultation on your case. Our number is (410) 583-8000. There are no fees or expenses until we recover compensation for you.