Already known to the Health Department for bed bug infestations, Econo Lodge in Burlington is facing a lawsuit from one of its guests for bed bug injury.
Nathan Lott, who stayed at the motel for three days in late February/early March, filed the suit and is asking for at least $25,000 in damages.
Lott planned to stay for 3 days while doing construction work in the area but started to feel bites and irritated skin in the early morning hours of his first night. When he checked with the local health department, he found that the motel had been cited in February for having bed bugs in a couple rooms only a week before his stay.
(One of which was the room he rented).
According to the lawsuit, Nathan changed three rooms during his stay, and all three of them had bed bug infestations. Initially, Nathan requested a refund so he could find another accommodation, but was denied. Nathan suffered almost 50-bed bug bites in the 3 days he stayed at Econo Lodge.
The lawsuit is predicated on negligence and unfair/deceptive trade practices that led to significant damages. These include roughly 50 bites, negative health effects, damaged property, and other economic losses.
He notified the Health Department, and its inspectors confirmed infestations in all 3 rooms where Nathan had stayed.
The lawsuit is currently ongoing with the hotel’s owner, Panoramic Ace Properties Inc.