When you think of bed bugs, a dirty mattress comes to mind, right? Sure, that’s where you might find a few hiding, but they are also lurking in places you’d least expect, like fancy hotel rooms, apartment buildings, and perhaps even at your job. If you have experienced the pain and discomfort of bed bug bites, you’ll need to get a qualified bed bug attorney in Washington, DC or a bed bug attorney in Maryland to help with your case.
What Does a Bed Bug Bite Look Like?
Bed bug bites are tricky because unlike other insect bites, the reactions don’t always show up immediately. Sometimes symptoms can take up to 10 days to show. Once the bite marks begin to present themselves, they often appear in a line, in a small group or a zig-zag pattern.
The bite itself appears as an either flat or raised bump that can become blistered and/or very itchy. In some cases, those with a weakened immune system are at risk of developing a secondary infection if their bed bug bites are not adequately cared for and kept clean.
What Should I Do if I Get Bitten by a Bed Bug
Getting bitten by a bed bug should not be taken lightly. It is not only painful, but just the thought of a bed bug bite can be very unsettling and stressful.
If you get bitten, try to get a picture of the bed bug itself. If you can’t find the bed bug, don’t worry… there are other signs you can find to prove your case. Look directly at the sheets, pull back the sheets and look at the over the mattress. Bed bugs leave behind “markers,” which are small, rust-colored flecks. Be sure to get pictures of those spots, as this will serve as powerful evidence. You’ll also need to take pictures of the bites (see above) to prove that you were, in fact, bitten.
Next, report the bed bug bite to management. Document the time you told them and observe their reaction. Often times, management will become defensive and accuse the victim of bringing in the bed bugs themselves. Be sure to note the details of your interaction and include the name of the employee in your documentation.
Go to the Doctor
The pictures you have will help support your case, but official documentation from a doctor is even better. A medical doctor’s diagnosis can make a big difference in whether you walk away with a win or a loss.
Now, it’s time to call a Bed Bug Lawyer in Washington, DC or a Bed Bug Lawyer in Maryland.
The Best Bed Bug Lawyer in DC
Did you know that bed bug bites fall into the category of a personal injury? Moreover, did you know most of the time, bed bug infestations could be avoided entirely if only management had taken the proper steps? Their lack of action constitutes negligence, and this is precisely the kinds of cases that are accepted – and won – at The Lapidus Law Firm located in Washington, DC.
Personal Injury Lawyer Larry Lapidus has four decades of serving both DC and Maryland, so if you or a loved one has had a bed bug experience, call for a free consultation today at (202) 785-5111. The Lapidus Law Firm can help.