Florida Bed Bug Lawyers helping people Nationwide
There are few things that can be more inconvenient, uncomfortable, and potentially life threatening as Bed Bugs. Our Bed Bug Attorneys have represented clients Nationwide in hundreds of cases and we have seen some of the worst cases of Bed Bugs. Until you have had this problem, you may not think much about Bed Bugs. If you are vacationing in a hotel, renting an apartment, or even buying a home, then you may suddenly experience this unexpected issue and it can cause serious personal injuries, infections, scarring, and other medical and psychological issues that eventually lead to lost time from work, lost money in medical bills, a long standing condition that seems to never be resolved. Even bug companies can’t get ahead of these nasty critters so if you have experienced bed bugs it is imperative that you contact a Bed Bug Lawyer that has the knowledge and experience to deal with this type of case. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates we represent clients Nationwide in Bed Bug Cases with over 17 offices in the State of Florida alone and we offer a Free Legal Consultation so you may contact us by any or all of the following means: By phone at (770) 865-8654 or 813-363-6664; by email at email@example.com; or use our Contact Form on our Website.
In order to fully understand the magnitude and nature of this problem, I am going to answer some of the most Frequently Asked Questions from the Centers for Disease Control about Bed Bugs
1) Bed Bugs: What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are parasitic insects that feed on your blood and the blood of animals while you or an animal sleeps. Bed Bugs are small and range in size from 1-7 mm and are red and brown in color. Bed Bugs can live many months without a meal of blood. Disgusting is the first thing that comes to mind, but dangerous is what really happens when these critters invade your space.
2) Where can you find Bed Bugs?
The better question might be, where are Bed Bugs not found. Bed Bugs were mostly seen in developing countries until recently as now Bed Bugs are spreading around the world from South and North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and beyond. Bed Bugs can be found in a five-star hotel just as well as a used mattress or even a new piece of furniture that you just had delivered to your house. There isn’t any place, except maybe in the ocean, where you won’t find these dangerous pests. People might associate Bed Bugs with cleanliness but that is not true. Bed Bugs aren’t picky and can be found in clean areas just as well as unkept areas. For example, a Bed Bug has been shown to travel up to and over 100 feet a night, but mostly they like to sleep within 8 feet of where people or animals sleep. This means that you can find Bed Bugs in anywhere that people or animals sleep including, but not limited to, apartments, hotels, motels, rooming houses, dorm rooms, cruise ship rooms, trains, buses, vehicles, and beyond. Like fleas, once infested with these pests it is very difficult to get rid of them as long as there is a food source in near site.
3) What Diseases do Bed Bugs Spread?
It is unclear whether or not Bed bugs should or should not be considered a medical or public health hazard since Bed Bug Bites can have a different affect on each person. If a person has an allergic reaction, for example, from a Bed Bug Bite this can result in a visit to the Emergency Room and a possible stay in the hospital. Many people will scratch the area of the bite and then further cause irritation and scarring. Scarring on the face, for example, can be permanent and change the way a person looks or feels about themselves. Even if the actual Bed Bug Bite doesn’t cause an infection, the scratching and further irritation can cause a secondary infection that, again, can cause more problems. There is no denying that Bed Bugs are a major problem that can’t be ignored once a persona has been infected even though Bed bugs are not known to actually spread a disease.
4) What Health Risks do Bed Bugs Pose?
As stated earlier, a Bed Bug Bite can affect each person in a different manner so it is difficult to say exactly what health risks bed bugs cause or pose, but the scratching alone can cause a spread of the irritation and scarring. If a person is allergic to the bite, then medical attention may be needed promptly.
5) What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Bed Bug Infestation?
Contrary to popular belief, Bed Bugs can be difficult to spot immediately upon a bite and it can take up to 14 days, or 2 weeks, to notice a bed bug bite. People who have been bitten will report that they noticed the bite from bite marks found on areas of the body such as the arms, hand, neck, face, or any other area of the body when asleep. Other ways to tell if there has been a bite include, but are not limited to: A musty, sweet odor; blood spots that are rusty in color that can be found on mattresses or other areas where they are located where they excrete fecal material that are filled with blood; the actual bed bugs that can be found in mattresses or sheets or between cracks; and, after molting, the exoskeletons of the bed bugs. If you notice signs of a bed bug infestation, then you should contact a reputable bug infestation company immediately and have evidence of the bed bugs infestation for your attorney and also seek medical attention to treat any sort of irritation or other result from the bed bug bites.
6) If I have been bitten by a Bed Bug, then How will I know?
Bed Bug Bites can be difficult to detect because when the bed bug bites it injects an anticoagulant and an anesthetic that will prevent a person from knowing that they have been bitten for sometimes several days or a couple of weeks. When the bite marks do become detected it is usually similar to a flea bite or a mosquito when the area is swollen, red, and will be irritating and itch. Some people will show no infection of a bed bug bite while others may have an allergic reaction that requires medical attention immediately. Some bites appear in a straight line while others are random. Some people suffer from insomnia and anxiety as a result of these bites and this can cause further health problems. The bites can be very painful as well and if you think that you have been bitten it is important to seek medical attention right away.
7) How Will I get Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are able to travel from place to place when people travel since they don’t have to have a blood meals for several days. This allows these critters to travel in small spaces and for long periods of time and can travel in the folds and seams of luggage, in clothes, furniture, beds and bedding, overnight bags, and anywhere else that you can imagine that a small mischievous insect can hide. Of course, most people do not or would not know that they are carrying bed bugs as they are traveling and, therefore, infect more and more areas as they travel and leave the bed bugs behind to feast on other people creating a vicious cycle.
8) Am I at Risk for Getting Bed Bugs?
Nobody is immune from bed bugs. You are more likely, however, to become a victim of bed bugs if you travel often or if you sleep where other people have previously slept such as has been mentioned previously which are hotels, motels, dorm rooms, apartments, and other sleeping quarters.
9) How Can I Prevent and Treat Bed Bugs?
You can prevent bed bugs by regularly checking sleeping areas where people or animals sleep and look for the signs that have been described herein above. If you are bitten by bed bugs, then you can treat the bitten area with antiseptic lotions or creams and take a antihistamine, and if you show more serious signs of a possible allergic reaction then seek other medical attention immediately. It is important to contact the manager at a hotel or motel, your landlord at an apartment, and make sure that the area is treated by a reputable pest company. Keep any evidence of the bites such as pictures, reports from pest companies, medical records, and keep a journal to document how the bed bug bite has affected you and your living situation. All of this is helpful when you seek legal help for a bed bug infestation.
Bed Bugs happen more often than people realize and many hotel and motel managers and landlords fail to properly inspect their properties to make sure that they are free from bed bugs or to properly treat once an infestation has been reported. Some of the responsibility for the damage can also be attributed to the pest companies that fail to adequately treat the areas once an infestation is reported. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, our Bed Bug Attorneys have come up against and been successful by many hotel and motel chains as well as apartment complexes with these cases. Insurance companies will try to minimize the damage, but don’t be fooled, bed bugs are a real problem that cause real damage. Again, if you have experienced a bed bug bite or a bed bug infestation, then keep records including, but not limited to, the following:
- Medical Records and Bills;
- Home Reports and Inspection Reports;
- Photographs and Videos;
- Documented Property Damage from Clothes, Luggage, Furniture, and the Like, and receipts for replacement of the same;
- Bills from Temporary, or Permanent, Housing and other Moving Expenses;
- Lost Wages;
- Costs of Transportation; and
- Any other documentation to show how the bed bug bite or bed bug infestation has caused you damage.
Please call us immediately at (770) 865-8654 to discuss your situation with a Bed Bug Lawyer and let us put our years of legal experience with these types of cases to work for you. We have recovered many thousands of dollars for our clients and we are very successful in fighting the insurance companies, hotel and motel chains, apartment complexes, and the like for our clients so that you recover actual damages that you have incurred as well as pain and suffering. Remember that the more evidence you keep to prove the bed bug infestations or bed bug bites, the more effective we are at doing our job as well in representing you and recovering for your losses. We are sorry if this has happened to you, and we look forward to helping you so contact us as soon as you can when you have had a Bed Bug Bite or a Bed Bug Infestation, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.