Bed bugs made a comeback in the United States several years ago and Denver is no exception. When landlords, hotel owners, furniture rental and retail stores fail to prevent or aggressively treat bed bug infestations, innocent victims in Denver suffer the consequences.
If you believe you have a bed bug case, receive a free consultation from the Denver Bed Bug Injury Attorney to discuss your bed bug case representation. Our office represents Denver bed bug victims on a pre-litigation basis.
How do I know if I have bed bugs in my Denver residence or hotel?
When bed bugs enter a home, apartment, hotel or other location, they immediately seek a hiding place. However, when you know what to look for and where, you can discover if you have bed bugs in your home, apartment or hotel room.
Bed bugs hide in seams of bedding and between the mattress and box spring. Inspect the bed frame, headboard and all coverings such as pillowcases, sheets and comforters. Inspect all furniture in your home or hotel, such as seams and crevices of wooden and upholstered furniture. Check behind pictures and along baseboards.
Do not assume that moving into a nice neighborhood, staying in a nice hotel or purchasing furniture from a high-end furniture store protects you from bed bugs. The American Academy of Dermatology explains, “Bedbugs can be a problem in the cleanest of homes” and that “Having an immaculate home will not keep them away.”
How do I know if my bites came from bed bugs?
Bites occur most often while a victim is fast asleep. You likely do not feel the bites because bed bugs inject an anesthetic into the skin before obtaining their blood meal.
Bed bug bites resemble mosquito bites in some respects, yet have characteristics that are very different. A bed bug bite appears as a raised, red, itchy bite. However, unlike bites from other bugs, bed bugs bite multiple times. The bites appear close together in a line or cluster.
Can bed bugs cause disease?
Bed bugs potentially cause a serious allergic reaction. They potentially cause symptoms such as fever, anemia, swollen tongue, difficulty breathing and irregular heartbeat.
As pathogen carrying vectors, bed bugs do have the ability to transmit several diseases to humans. Researchers discovered that bed bugs have the capability to carry and transmit Hepatitis B, several types of molds, T. Cruzi, the parasite that causes the deadly Chagas Disease. In the research reported by The Oxford Journals, researchers determined, “Concerning the possible transmission of pathogens, we know that bedbugs can be carriers of >40 microorganisms…”
What should I do if I think I have a bed bug case in Denver?
Researchers now know that bed bugs do indeed carry and transmit disease, in spite of information from some sources, such as the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, who indicates, “We don’t investigate bedbug infestations because they’re considered a nuisance and not a health problem,”you should not give up on pursuing your bed bug case.
You do have a right to live free of bed bug infestations. The Colorado State University points out that while Colorado does not have specific bed bug laws, Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS 38-12-503 through 38-12-511) do provide a legal definition of habitability and legal remedies when a residence does not meet the CRS definition of habitability. In addition to the habitability statute, another statute requires extermination for pests.
What kind of losses can I potentially recover with a bed bug injury attorney in my Denver bed bug case?
When you suffer from bed bug bites or infestation in Denver, you potentially suffer monetary losses and non-monetary losses. Monetary damages include lost wages, medical costs, and prescriptions, losses incurred from having to discard and replace furniture, luggage, clothing and other household and personal possessions.
Non-monetary losses include your embarrassment, strain on relationships and damages to your mental health. Studies show that people suffer more than just physical effects of sustaining bed bug bites and infestations. The National Post reports on a study where researchers concluded that people affected by bed bugs suffer from anxiety disorders, sleep disturbances and other mental health issues up to five times more often than people not affected by bed bug infestations.
Should I sue a hotel for bed bug bite injuries?
If you believe that a hotel’s poor management has resulted in bed bug bite injuries in a Denver hotel or motel, you may be able to recover compensation in many cases. The negligence of management staff can cause distress for many guests in a hotel or other type of hospitality facility, but an experienced bed bug bite injury attorney can attempt to help affected guests receive compensation if they have a case.
When you think you have a bed bug case in Denver, contact the Denver Bed Bug Injury Lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your pre-litigation bed bug case and legal representation.