If you have suffered from bed bug bites as a guest in a hotel or another facility, you may be eligible to receive compensation by making a claim, as a result of the facility’s failure in its “duty of care” to prevent infestations and subsequent injuries.
While many people may not feel that their case is worth pursuing because the injury is too small or the challenge of filing a claim too great, but the fact is that they may have a chance to receive ample compensation if a hotel or other hospitality facility is found to have been negligent enough to cause an infestation.
You may be able to receive compensation for a number of things, including:
- Medical and emergency room expenses
- Future medical care costs including rehabilitation
- General pain and subsequent suffering
- Property damage such as damaged clothing and luggage
- Recovery for lost time at work and loss of any future income because of disability
How to Start a Bed Bug Lawsuit
Hotels, vacation rentals, and many other locations are liable for injuries resulting from negligence. If the property management knew about the potential for or existence of an infestation and failed to take the necessary measures to prevent or eliminate it, this could make them liable and force them to pay compensation.
Symptoms of Bed Bug Injuries
Bed bug bite effects can reach far beyond mere bite marks on the body. Many victims will experience itching, pain, or anxiety for months following the initial bites, along with other forms of mental anguish or financial repercussions. Defendants in these cases have included hotel owners, management, staff, and their insurance providers.
Collecting Evidence of Infestation
If you believe you have been the victim of bed bug bites in a hotel, one of the first steps you should take is to collect as much evidence of an infestation as possible. This can include collecting a bug that you found in the room, which you are more likely to find under the sheets,between the box spring and the mattress, behind the bed, and around the headboard. You should also check any couches or chairs in the room.
Take photographs of the room before you leave, including close-up shots of dead or live bugs or evidence of their presence, along with wider shots that cover the entire room. Also, take photos of your bite marks as proof that you were bitten.
Following the discovery of an infestation, ask the hotel management to send a representative to the room to make note of the issue. Afterwards, request a copy of the report in writing from the manager or owner. Communicating via email or other written forms will help provide evidence that you made a complaint in time.
Seek Medical Treatment
A majority of bed bug bite injury victims don’t have a serious reaction, but they can be more dangerous and carry long-term effects for certain individuals. Depending on the severity of the injury and the reaction, bed bug bites can develop into open blisters that can become infected, and can even form permanent scars. Prompt medical attention can help avoid these issues.
File a Report with Authorities
Contact hotel management and file an injury report in writing, if possible, and contact the local county health department to perform an inspection and develop a report of their own.
Contact a Bed Bug Lawyer
A reputable and experienced bed bug lawyer will be able to assist you with thecomplexities involved in purusing a claim against any facilities responsible for bed bug infestations and resulting injuries. He or she can determine if you have a viable case and will work with you to try and recover the compensation you deserve.