Bed bugs find their way into homes, apartments, retail establishments and other locations. Some people then suffer from the negligence of landlords, hotel owners and others who have a responsibility to prevent and get rid of bed bugs. Innocent people living in or visiting Atlanta sometimes suffer significant monetary and non-monetary losses as a result of bed bug infestations and bites.
If you believe you have a Atlanta bed bug case, get a free consultation from the pre-litigation Atlanta bed bug lawyers to discuss your bed bug case representation.
How do I know if I have bed bugs in my Atlanta residence or hotel?
Bed bugs take precautions to hide very well. They come out at night in search of an unsuspecting victim. Bed bugs first inject a mild anesthetic into their victim, who often sleeps right through bed bug bites.
Bed bugs hide in places other than bedding. Carefully examine all furniture, including upholstered furniture, cracks and crevices of dresser drawers and chairs. Look behind anything hanging on walls.
Where do people find bed bugs in Atlanta?
Whenever people move into a home or apartment, there is a risk that a bed bug infestation already exists. It does not matter which Atlanta neighborhood you move to, if the residence just became available of if it sat vacant for a while; there is still a risk that bed bugs moved in before you did. The American Academy of Dermatology explains, “Bedbugs can be a problem in the cleanest of homes” and that bed bugs can live up to a year without a blood meal. These facts possibly increase the risk of a pre-existing bed bug infestation.
When you stay at a Atlanta hotel, you could suffer the consequences of a bed bug infestation. The National Conference of State Legislatures indicates that V.T.C.A., Health & Safety Code § 341.011 Nuisances and General Sanitation, “Lists the presence of bedbugs in any public sleeping accommodations a public health nuisance.” Yet, some Atlanta hotel owners and managers sometimes fail to take precautions to prevent and aggressively treat bed bug infestations.
People also suffer bed bug infestations after having furniture or other items delivered to their home by furniture rental or retail stores.
Do bed bugs carry or transmit disease?
Researchers now know that bed bugs do have the ability to carry and transmit disease, some of which are potentially deadly.
The Oxford Journals released information from researchers who reported that anemia and anaphylactic reactions can potentially occur in individuals bitten by bed bugs. Additionally, when considering bed bugs as pathogen carrying vectors, researchers indicate “over 40 microorganisms have frequently been considered strong candidates.”
Bedbugs have the ability to transmit several types of mold, among them Aspergillus. Researchers also reported that Hepatitis B has been previously detected in bed bugs. In the 1960’s, evidence showed that bed bugs do carry and transmit disease, such as when bed bugs became infected with Q Fever after guinea pigs became a blood meal for bed bugs.
Penn Medicine researchers reported in 2014 that bed bugs have the ability to transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes the potentially deadly Chagas Disease.
Can I recover my losses with a bed bug injury lawyer after suffering bed bug bites and infestation in Atlanta?
If you suffered from a bed bug infestation or from bed bug bites, you can potentially recover both monetary losses and non-monetary losses. Monetary losses include things such as your lost wages, moving expenses, professional extermination expenses, having to discard and then replace furniture, clothing and other personal possessions. Monetary losses also include medical appointments, treatment and prescription costs.
Non-monetary losses include embarrassment, change of lifestyle and stress-related issues. The National Post reports that when Dr. Dr. Stéphane Perron and colleagues compared 39 people who suffered bed bug infestations to 52 people not exposed to bed bugs, those suffering from bed bug infestations were much more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.
Should I hire a bed bug injury attorney to sue a hotel?
If you have suffered physically, emotionally, or financially because of bed bug bites and believe the cause is negligence on the part of hotel management, you may have a bed bug bite injury case. Our office handles Atlanta bed bug cases on a pre-litigation basis. With the help of an experienced bed bug injury lawyer, you may receive compensation to help you recover for your losses. Hotels should be a source of comfort for guests, but the irresponsibility of hotel owners can cause injuries that an experienced bed bug attorney can assist with. Whether you’ve experienced bed bug bites in a hotel or any other public location, an attorney may be able to help you today.
Suffering consequences of a bed bug infestation is not something you have to accept. Receive your free consultation with the Atlanta bed bug injury lawyers to discuss your bed bug case and legal representation.