A bed bug infestation can occur almost anywhere. If you have allergic reactions or other damages after being bitten by bed bugs in Baltimore, MD, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact the experienced Baltimore bed bug lawyers at William G. Kolodner, P.A. to discuss your legal options.
With over 100 years of combined experience, we have successfully represented injury victims in all kinds of cases. Call us today at (410) 837-2144 to schedule a free consultation with our legal team.
Why Do You Need a Baltimore Bed Bug Lawyer for Your Case?
Bed bugs can cause a great deal of harm. Victims of bed bugs generally have a lot of questions about their legal rights and their options for filing bed bug lawsuits. For example, what compensation can you receive for bed bug injuries?
Our Maryland bed bug attorneys at William G. Kolodner, P.A. have extensive experience handling these types of personal injury cases. We answer your questions and provide the legal advice you need to make the best decision for your situation.
When you retain our law firm, we conduct a thorough investigation into what happened to you and your family. Our personal injury attorneys dig deep into the matter to determine who is liable for your injuries and damages. When necessary, we get help from experts in pest control and other areas to help you get the money you deserve.
You do not need to go it alone. You can have the benefit of our considerable skills, resources, and experience on your side as you fight for fair compensation for a bed bug injury. If you suffered injuries because of bed bugs in Baltimore, contact us now for your free assessment with our personal injury attorneys in Baltimore.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Baltimore ranks in the number two spot in the list of the cities with the worst bed bug problems. Until 2020, Baltimore had held the number one spot for three consecutive years.
Bed bugs are not a product of a dirty home, hotel room, or rental unit. These bugs can live and thrive in a clean environment. All they need to survive is a human host.
The Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency consider bed bugs a public health pest. They may not be known to spread disease, but they can cause severe injuries and property damage.
The reasons for the recent outbreaks of bed bugs may be due to several reasons such as:
- Lack of effective pest control;
- Increased travel within the United States;
- An increase in the resistance of bed bugs to pesticides; and,
- A lack of knowledge about preventing bed bug infestations.
Learning how to spot bed bugs and how to treat infestations can help reduce the risk of injuries from bed bug bites.
Common Bed Bug Injuries
Even though they may not spread disease, bed bug bites can cause injuries. Bed bug bites can cause painful rashes and allergic reactions. The skin irritation caused by a bed bug bite results in scratching, which may lead to infections.
Some individuals may need medical attention for the allergic reactions or infections caused by bed bug bites. If the infestation is severe, a person could be covered with bed bug bites, which increases the risk of complications.
Bed bugs usually infest bedding and bite people while they are sleeping. They may be found in sheets, pillows, blankets, and mattresses. Many people have bite marks on their hands, face, arms, neck, and other exposed body parts.
Bed bugs may also infest other items including but not limited to:
- Drapes and Curtains
- Backpacks and Handbags
- Linens and Towels
It can be difficult to tell if a bed bug has bitten you. The bugs inject an anticoagulant and anesthetic when they bite you. Therefore, you may not notice the bites until a few days later.
Bed bug bites can produce a slightly swollen, red area that is similar to a flea or mosquito bite. The area may be irritating and itch. Because everyone reacts differently to bed bugs, you may want to see a doctor if you develop any allergic reaction.
Bed Bugs Can Cause Significant Injuries
The damage caused by bed bugs depend on the duration of exposure and your reaction to the bed bug bites. The longer you are exposed and the more extensive the bed bug infestation, the more likely you are to sustain severe injuries and damages.
Common bed bug injuries include:
- Allergic Reactions
- Skin Abrasions
- Tissue Damage
In addition to the physical injuries that a person may suffer from bed bug bites, a person may also sustain emotional and psychological trauma. Some individuals may experience anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, depression, and other emotional disorders. The emotional trauma from the encounter can be even more debilitating than the physical injuries.
What Should You Do if Bed Bugs Bite You?
Seek Medical Attention
If you believe that you are the victim of bed bugs, do not hesitate to seek medical treatment. A doctor can diagnose the condition, prescribe a course of treatment, and document the injuries for a personal injury claim. In some cases, bed bugs do carry diseases, such as Chagas Disease, so it is best to be checked by a physician.
Take pictures and make videos of the bed bugs that are present. It is also a good idea to take pictures of your injuries and the bites that appear on your skin.
Leave as Soon as Possible
If you are staying in a hotel, try to leave as soon as possible. Gather your belongings and seal them in a trash bag so that you do not transfer the bed bugs to your vehicle or home. Wash any clothes that were exposed to the bed bugs and dry the clothes on the highest heat setting for the clothing.
If you believe that the bed bugs may have been transferred to your home, contact a reputable pest control company. Discuss the steps that you need to take to make sure your home does not become infested. Keep detailed notes and copies of all records, including invoices and statements.
Notify the Property Owner or Hotel Manager
Notify the owner of the property immediately. Follow up the notice in writing with a summary of your conversation, including the date that you notified the property owner of the bed bug problem.
Notify the Baltimore City Health Department
You may also want to notify the Baltimore City Health Department if the infestation appears to be significant. Maryland also has laws that require landlords to provide livable and safe units that are free from pests.
Contact Our Bed Bug Lawyers in Baltimore
Call our law firm to schedule a free case review to discuss the steps you need to take next to protect your legal rights.
Our lawyers handle bed bug cases that occur in a variety of locations, including but not limited to:
- Rental Units
- Hotels and Motels
- Nursing Homes
- Movie Theatres
- Office Buildings
- Extended Stay Facilities
- Fitness Centers and Gyms
- Apartment Buildings
If you were exposed to bed bugs, you might need to file a lawsuit to protect your best interests. Our legal team is ready to take quick, decisive action to help you recover compensation for your damages.
What Damages Can I Receive for a Bed Bug Claim?
The damages in a bed bug claim depend on several factors. Some common damages that may be included in a bed bug claim are:
- Medical Expenses
- Emotional Distress
- Physical Pain and Suffering
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The person or party responsible for your damages depends on where the bed bug injuries occurred. Property owners, hotel operators, business owners, and landlords are just a few of the parties that could be responsible for your damages and injuries.
How Long Do I Have to File a Bed Bug Claim in Maryland?
In most cases, you have three years from the date of the injury to file a bed bug lawsuit in Maryland. The Statute of Limitations has very few exceptions.
It is generally in your best interest to talk to an attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing the deadline. If you miss the deadline to file a lawsuit, you are unable to recover compensation for bed bug injuries.
Let Our Baltimore Bed Bug Lawyer Help You With Your Claim
If you or your family member has been injured because of a bed bug infestation or bed bug bites, we can help. Call us now to request a free consultation with a bed bug lawyer in Baltimore. You have legal rights — we help you exercise those legal rights to recover the compensation you deserve.