If you have suffered from bed bug bites as a guest in a hotel or another facility, you may be eligible to receive bed bug compensation by making a claim as a result of the facility’s failure in its “duty of care” to prevent infestations and subsequent injuries caused by dangerous conditions.
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, the fact remains 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.
Types of Damages You May Be Able to Seek Compensation for Following a Bed Bug Infestation
There are several different types of monetary and non-monetary damages which you may be eligible for following a bed bug infestation. From lost wages due to time spent out of work to mental anguish due to a fear of future infestations, there are multiple damages that could result from these infestations. With the help of a qualified attorney, you may be able to develop a case to seek compensation for these damages.
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 may be liable for injuries resulting from negligence. If the property management knew about existence of an infestation or should have known had they exercised the proper level of care, and failed to take the necessary measures to prevent or eliminate it, this could make them liable and force them to have to compensate you for damages.
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 possibly even 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. Evidence of bed bugs could include eggs that appear as small round specks, sheddings, and rust-colored or black fecal spots on bedding. Also, take photographs 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
There are some bed bug bite injury victims who don’t have a serious reaction, but for others it can be more dangerous and injuries can 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. Additionally, since bed bugs have been known to carry certain diseases, there is a risk of transmitting something as they feed on your blood. Prompt medical attention can help avoid and/or minimize 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. It is important you document what happened and especially if the property is being dismissive or combative, seek the assistance of a third party.
Contact a Bed Bug Lawyer
A reputable and experienced bed bug lawyer may be able to assist you with the complexities involved in pursuing a claim against any facilities responsible for bed bug infestations and resulting injuries you may have suffered. He or she can help determine if you have a viable case and if so, will work with you to try and recover the compensation you deserve.
If you believe you may have a case against a hotel due to a bed bug infestation, contact our experienced bed bug attorneys today to determine if we may be able to help.