The resurgence of bed bugs in Columbus, Ohio makes the issue critical for many individuals. People often suffer bed bug bites and other effects of the presence of bed bugs in their rental property, hotel, work place or items purchased from retail stores.
Columbus, Ohio is one city where liability potentially becomes an issue when an individual or family member suffers the ill effects of bed bug bites or a bed bug infestation.
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Columbus, Ohio bed bug issues
The bed bug problem is so severe that the City of Columbus website indicates that the city is a part of the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force (COBBTF), which includes “Local governments, health departments, social service agencies, pest control applicators, landlord and tenants rights groups, fire departments, the Ohio Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health, and the Ohio State University Extension.”
Columbus continues to rank in the top 10 of nearly every list that keeps track of or reports on cities with the highest number of bed bugs across the country. An important fact is that it does not matter where you live, what area your hotel is located in or what area of Columbus you travel to when going to work or when shopping. Whether you live, work or shop in the inner city area, the Hilltop in zip code 43204, the Southeast 43232 area or a higher income neighborhood such as the 43221 Upper Arlington area, bed bugs likely already reside there. That is because, as the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force reports, “You can come in contact with them anywhere…” Just because you move to a nicer neighborhood, stay at a hotel in an upscale Columbus suburb or work in a state-of-the-art facility does not mean that you will not suffer bed bug bites or a bed bug infestation.
How do you know if you have bed bugs?
Bed bug reporting sites now exist that allow people to report the discovery of bed bugs in hotels and resorts. There are many websites that allow people to check hotel reviews before they travel. No matter where you go, the majority of cities have a department of health that will document bed bug complaints and the result of inspections.
Bed bug bites look similar to a mosquito bite. However, bed bugs often bite in a line. While they do not cause disease, an individual has the potential to experience an allergic reaction ranging from mild to severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that other health issues sometimes occur, including neurological symptoms, respiratory symptoms, nausea and vomiting.
Look for bed bugs around seams of bedding and furniture in hotels. In rental properties, look around baseboards, window casings and even the outlets. All of these make ideal hiding places for bed bugs. Bed bugs have the ability to live for as long as a year without a blood meal so the fact that a rental property sits unoccupied is no guarantee that the property does not have a bed bug infestation.
Columbus, Ohio bed bug attorney and case representation
The COBBTF points out that most hotels will likely not volunteer information to you about a bed bug outbreak. Some landlords now require new tenants to sign a disclaimer, indicating that bed bug treatment is the tenant’s responsibility.
Can I sue for bed bug bites in Columbus?
The laws vary from one state to the next about legality of these and other bed bug-related issues. Only an attorney with experience in bed bug case representation can determine if you have a case against a Columbus landlord, hotel, retail establishment or place of employment. With our help, you and your loved ones can file a lawsuit against negligent parties and get the compensation you deserve. Our office handles Columbus bed bug claims on a pre-litigation basis.
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