Hotel Bed Bug Bite Lawyer - Sue a Hotel for Bed Bugs
Bed bug bites are potentially serious and can cause a combination of mental, physical, and emotional distress, along with financial stress resulting from medical expenses.
Subsequently, bed bug injuries can warrant a lawsuit and compensation for all of these damages with the help of a qualified bed bug attorney.
Hotel owners and management staff may be found negligent in the event of an infestation affecting you or a loved one. You may be able to sue for any of the damages that have resulted from an infestation at a hotel or other facility.
Under the theory of premises liability, hotels have a serious duty to provide safe environments for their guests. Amongst many other steps the hotels should be taking, this includes cleaning the rooms and inspecting them for bed bugs on a consistent basis.
If you or a loved one gets exposed to bed bugs and suffers bites due to hotel negligence, a suit can be filed for the injuries incurred.
How to Find out if Your Hotel Has Bed Bugs
It’s important to research the bed bug registry, a website that collects reports of bed bugs from hotel/motel guests. This registry allows you to find a particular hotel establishment, or even all hotels in a given area to see where people have fallen victim to bed bug infestations.
If you were apart of a hotel that has had a bed bug sighting, please do not panic.
Instead take a look at the last reported date of a bed bug infestation because the hotel may have cleared the problem. Also be sure to check big reviews websites such as TripAdvisor to see if anyone has reported any recent infestations at that specific hotel.
How To Look for Hotel Bed Bugs
When you check into the hotel, you should take the utmost precautions before sleeping in a hotel room. Look for the telltale signs of bed bugs in your room. Fully grown bed bugs can be as big as a half inch, and you’re able to spot with the naked eye.
If you see the insect jump, it is definitely not a bed bug – as they’ll only be seen crawling. Fleas can jump long distances and generally hang out near animal beds or where animals usually sleep.
These creatures can be extremely sneaky and are good at hiding. They often don’t come out in the day time so it’s important to look closely and in dark spaces around the hotel room. Common places for bed bugs to hide include:
- Hotel mattress or under the box spring
- Cracks of the bed’s headboard
- Walls or baseboards
- In furniture, drawers, or creases
- Your luggage, clothes or personal belongings
Make sure to also keep an eye out for bed bug droppings that could be left behind. These would appear as smaller brown little spots, possibly with a bit of blood. Check the sheets and mattress for any blood stains as well.
If You See a Bed Bug, What Do You Do?
If you see bed bugs in your hotel, take a picture with your phone and show the hotel manager. Don’t expect them to stay in one place at any given time, but instead make sure to call down to the hotel staff so they can view the infestation as well.
If you have reasonable suspicion that the hotel is infested with bed bugs you should really consider leaving the premises as soon as possible.
Bed bugs tend to travel to other rooms and can go through cracks in the ceiling, floors, and along walls. Switching to another room is a safe bet so let the hotel manager know right away about the infestation: THIS PROBLEM SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY.
Even if you don’t initially see signs of bed bugs in your hotel, it’s important not to take any risks. The worst thing you can do is let these creatures hitch a ride home with you.
Don’t ever put your clothes on the floor or carpet (or any upholstered chairs for that matter). At the same time keep your suitcase off the floor and bed, using the closet or a meta suitcase rack if necessary.
Are Hotels Liable for Bed Bugs?
If an infestation occurs in a hotel, it might result from owners’ or management’s neglect in certain cases.
If these parties fail to take sufficient preventative measures to avoid an infestation and it causes harm to guests, they may be held liable and required to pay compensation for any damages suffered, whether physical, mental, or financial.
How to Treat Your Bed Bug Bites
These creatures typically bite people at night, and have small red welts, usually in a zig zag pattern, or in a random cluster. These will eventually become inflamed and itchy – Sometimes it even takes time for these bites to show as some will not show any symptoms at all.
If you do get bit, make sure to sooth the irritation in the same manner at which you would treat a mosquito or a flea bite. You can use the following methods to treat your bed bug symptoms:
- Anti-Itch Creams (Benadryl, Cortisone, etc..)
- Apply Ice or a Frozen Bag for five to ten minutes
- Seek professional medical treatment for serious bites
Do Disinfectants Work For Killing Bed Bugs?
Cleaning areas with disinfectant doesn’t necessarily work because in order to kill bedbugs, they must be in direct contact with the chemical. Disinfectants don’t really leave residuals for more than a few seconds so you’ll need a professional to help with this.
The chemicals used to kill bed bugs by the pros leave over a 2 week residual that is harmless to humans 8 hours after application.
In extreme cases, strong alcohol like steri fab may help kill bed bugs but once again it doesn’t necessarily leave a residual unless directly applied to the bug.
Do Hotels Prevent Bed Bugs?
Normally, hotels shouldn’t experience problems with bed bugs, as staff are required to properly maintain all hotel rooms, bedding, and other areas that minimize the risk of an infestation.
However, in certain cases hotel staff may be negligent to the point where an infestation occurs, resulting in bites. Poorly maintained hotels will be more likely to experience an infestation.
Can I Sue a Hotel for Bed Bug Bites in My Room?
Absolutely you can. Hotel owners/operators have a duty to their hotel guests under common law to provide a place of residence that’s free from all known, and knowledgeable dangers including serious bed bug infestations.
Several state and local sanitary laws have been put in place over a couple of years to protect the rights of guests from bed bug infestations.
If you wish to gather serious compensation from filing a bed bug suit, it’s best to prove that the hotel owner/operator was negligent toward his/her duty.
All property owners have an obligation to protect their guests and visitors who are honest paying customers.
A premises liability claim can be submitted if the hotel operator is aware of the infestation and did not do enough to stop it. If the owner also caused the infestation they could be liable for damages cause to all victims involved.
Hotel renters can sue a hotel for bed bug bites if the actions of hotel management fit an of the actions mentioned above.
There are situations where you could receive hundreds of thousands of dollars if you were seriously injured in a bed bug related incident.
What Can I recover from a Hotel Bed Bug Lawsuit?
If you found bed bugs on your mattress at a hotel room and you suffered bites, you’ll need to sue the hotel accordingly.
Don’t let the manager get away with covering up the situation. There are situations where you case can be worth $500,000 especially if you incurred long term damages that result in chronic injury.
Let say you had the upholstery in your vehicle switched out, the carpeting in your home ripped up, the furniture thrown out, having to replace your clothing, that could extend past $10,000 in compensation.
You can also take into account the cost of your hotel, flight, and ruined vacation which could be another $3,500 on top of this initial sum.
Make sure you contact the right bed bug attorney to discuss your claim accordingly.
As a Bed Bug Victim: What are My Rights?
- Right to sanitary living environment
- Staff is responsible for supporting your safety while you reside on hotel property
- Right to take legal action if you’re injured from a bed bug infestation
- Right to abide by a contract that provided a safe and clean room
- Duty to not be intentionally harmed or placed in a situation where you could be harmed
Do I need an Attorney to Sue a Hotel?
Most likely yes, if you were injured by bed bugs at a hotel, it’s best to let us help you find the right lawyer to discuss your case. It is within your rights and you do have the option to fully handle the case yourself, but it does not come recommended.
It can be difficult to navigate between bed bug regulation and laws, as well as get in contact with appropriate parties and insurance agents. Our connections with expert, licensed, and responsible attorneys will handle the claim for you and ensure you win your case.
The right lawyer can take care of everything for you while you focus on what’s important: Recovering from your bed bug injuries and any physical/emotional harm you suffered during the incident.
Gathering Evidence of an Infestation
One of the keys to ensuring that a hotel is found liable for damages is to gather as much evidence as possible if you can following any bed bug bites.
Photographs of infested bedding and other furniture, including blood spots that indicate the presence of bed bugs, will help reinforce your case.
Types of Compensation Paid Out for Bed Bugs in Hotel Cases
There are multiple types of compensation that injured parties can receive, including recovered damages for financial loss and more.
An experienced and knowledgeable bed bug lawyer will be able to go over the various aspects of possible compensation with you. The types of recoverable compensation could include:
- Damage to property, including property discarded in the process of eliminating bed bugs and preventing them from spreading
- Lost wages resulting from missed work due to bed bug bite injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and trauma, including any lack of sleep resulting from fear of future infestations
- The cost of ruined or shortened vacations and trips
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement from bites.
If you or a loved one has suffered from bed bug bites Following compensation, you may be able to allow for more bed bug control for future guests, as responsible hotels reform their policies.
Speak with a Bed Bug Bite Attorney to Determine if You Have a Case
Bed bug infestations may be the result of negligence, which is why bed bug bite attorneys are available to provide representation and help you seek compensation.
Consult with an attorney to determine if you have a case today, and an experienced lawyer will be able to help you recover damages for your injuries.
Our connections with experienced lawyers will answer your question and discuss your case anytime.
No question is too difficult to answer and no situation is too sensitive to discuss. Our team of bed bug specialists are available to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
If you choose to inquire about a claim, we don’t charge for consultation. We understand the sensitivity of the situation, and the potential embarrassment that falling victim to an infestation can cause.
We make sure to keep all of these discussions completely confidential so you don’t have to worry about word getting out.
Working with an experienced bed bug bite attorney, you can not only receive compensation for your injuries, but you can also help prevent future infestations by discouraging future negligent practices. Get in touch today!
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