Bed bug cases potentially result in multiple types of damages, allowing for actual monetary losses as well as non-monetary losses. Did you discover bed bugs in your Baltimore home or rental property? Did you find bed bugs in your Baltimore hotel room or take bed bugs home in your luggage after staying at a Baltimore area hotel? Contact the Baltimore bed bug attorney about your pre-litigation bed bug case representation.
How do I know if I have bed bugs or came in contact with them?
The Baltimore City Health Department indicates that people sometimes mistake bed bugs for small roaches or ticks. Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, with a flat, reddish brown, oval-shaped body.
The University of Maryland Extension explains that all stages of bed bugs appear in bed bug infestations. Bed bugs feed on the blood of their victim and can go quite some time without feeding. Therefore, it is possible for you to move into your home or apartment where a bed bug infestation already exists, even if the property sat vacant for a while. Property owners and landlords sometimes try to get out of their legal responsibilities related to bed bug infestations by alleging that new Baltimore home owners or tenants brought the bed bugs with them when they moved in to the new property.
Whether you move into a property that has bed bugs or suffer the potentially devastating consequences of discovering that bed bugs hitched a ride home with you when you checked out of your Baltimore hotel, the presence of bed bugs is considered negligence. If you suffer the effects of a bed bug infestation at your Baltimore residence, hotel or place of employment, you likely have a bed bug case and the ability to recover damages.
How do I know if my bites are bed bug bites?
Bed bugs bite multiple times, usually in a line or clustered close together. They appear as swollen, red bumps or welts.
You do not initially feel bed bug bites. This is a reason that Baltimore residents or visitors often discover the bites when they wake up to bites or experience symptoms and side effects from the bites.
Do bed bugs cause illness?
Bed bug bites produce more than just an annoying bite. Recently, researchers disproved the assumption that bed bugs do not carry disease and cannot make people sick. Bed bugs, as pathogen carrying vectors, cause a number of potentially severe symptoms and illnesses in people.
Many people suffer an allergic reaction to bed bug bites. The bites itch intensely, which likely results in frequent scratching. When an individual scratches the bites, there is a significant risk of infection. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) explains, “People tend to become increasingly sensitive to bedbug bites.” You can also suffer from a general feeling of feeling ill, formation of blisters, fever, and difficulty breathing, irregular or forceful heartbeat.
Penn Medicine explains, “Bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmitTrypanosomacruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease.” Chagas kills up to 50,000 people every year. Penn Medicine also points out that up to 300,000 people in the U.S. haveChagas Disease.
What kind of damages can I recover in my case with a Baltimore bed bug bite attorney?
When your Baltimore bed bug lawyer represents you in your bed bug case, there are both monetary and non-monetary damages that the attorney discusses with you.
Monetary damages are those that cover your actual losses such as having to replace personal property, your medical expenses and prescription costs, lost wages due to illness or medical appointments, your expenses related to the infestation such as professional extermination and carpet cleaning costs, cleaning supplies and other expenses that you and your attorney discuss.
There are other, non-monetary damages that you suffer as a victim of bed bugs in your Baltimore home, apartment, hotel or workplace. Examples include the emotional anguish, fear of going to sleep, embarrassment of the bites, psychological damages and the stress that the bed bug infestation has on your family, personal and professional relationships.
Can I sue a hotel with a bed bug injury lawyer in Baltimore?
Discussing your damages with your Baltimore bed bug lawyer gives you a clear picture of the potential recovery in your bed bug case representation. If you have suffered from monetary or non-monetary damages because of a third party’s negligence, you may be able to develop a case with the help of an attorney. Our office represents victims of bed bug bites in Baltimore on a pre-litigation basis. Contact the Baltimore bed bug lawyers at Bed Bug Injury Law to arrange a free consultation and to learn more.