The term "bed bug" may not fully encompass how dangerous these parasites can be. Bed bugs are more accurately called cimicid parasites whose diet is blood. The horrifying truth is that bed bugs can be found where we sleep. They are common in apartments, public houses, hotels, dorm rooms and even in public transportation.
Bed bug infestations, if not properly taken care of, can present serious health risks. Our firm wishes to help local residents understand beg bugs so that people can be more aware of where they are located and what exactly they can do in the event of injuries.
What kinds of diseases do bed bugs carry?
A bite from a bed bug or multiple bed bugs may simply cause itching and rashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bed bugs do not carry different types of diseases from one individual to another. Rather, their bite can cause various types of health effects. Bed bug bites may cause skin infections and other serious allergic reactions. Bed bugs affect everyone differently. In the worst-case scenario, a bite from this parasite can cause a person to go into anaphylaxis.
What are some symptoms of bed bug bites?
Again, bed bug bites affect everyone differently. Some people may have no symptoms, others may experience itching. Other common symptoms of bed bug bites are more serious, and include insomnia and anxiety. If you are noticing any of these symptoms for a prolonged period of time, you may want to speak with your doctor.
How do I know if my symptoms indicate bed bug bites?
A bite from a bed bug as opposed to a bite from another type of bug or simply a rash may be hard to distinguish. Unique to bed bugs, their bite also contains an anesthetic and anticoagulant which prevents a person from noticing that they have even been bitten. You may have no visible signs if you've been bitten by bed bugs or you may also notice swollen bumps on your skin. For a conclusive diagnosis of any abnormal symptoms or bite marks you notice, contact your doctor.
Can property owners be held liable for bed bugs?
As with most legal issues, it depends. In cases where property owners - including hotels or motels - knew or should have known about bed bug infestations but did nothing to address the problem, it may be possible for victims to hold them liable for their preventable injuries. Our legal team at Stern Law Group can help you better understand who can be held liable in your particular situation.
What can I do if I've been bitten?
The truth is, you likely did not know that you were visiting a bed bug infested area. Because bed bugs hide and are extremely difficult to detect, you may have been bitten even if you thoroughly surveyed your bed and other areas before use. While bed bugs may not be a serious threat in some cases, they can present serious health concerns for others. If a doctor has confirmed that you were bitten by bed bugs, do not hesitate to speak with an attorney about representation. An attorney can work toward holding companies liable for improperly maintaining their premises. For example, an attorney can help you file a claim against a hotel or landlord.
If you or your loved ones have suffered harm from what you believe are bed bugs, we encourage you to learn more about your legal rights by contacting Stern Law Group for a FREE case evaluation. We serve clients throughout Houston and the surrounding areas of Texas.