Hotels have a responsibility to protect guests from dangerous conditions, such as bed bug infestations. However, hotel guests sometimes discover too late that the hotel has a bed bug infestation. If you sustained bed bug bites or took bed bugs home from your hotel, contact the bed bug attorneys for a free legal consultation to discuss your bed bug case and legal representation regarding potentially suing the hotel for your damages.
There are certain aspects to consider before you can sue a hotel for bed bugs, including liability and the kind of damages for which you may be eligible to receive compensation. With a better understanding of whether or not you have a case, you can work with an experienced and knowledgeable bed bug attorney to help you seek compensation and guide you through your case.
Here are some things to take into consideration if you want to file a lawsuit against a hotel for a bed bug infestation.
Responsibility Of Hotel Owners
Hotel owners have a responsibility to make sure that bed bugs do not occupy hotel rooms along with guests. If you stay at a hotel in a different city or even a different state, you may assume that you cannot sue the hotel because of not living in the area where the hotel is located. However, hotel owners typically have a responsibility to protect against bed bug infestations no matter the location of the hotel or where you actually reside.
USA Today explains, “Hotels have a responsibility to keep you safe under common law,” and that bed bugs are indeed a risk to the personal safety of guests. USA Today contributor Christopher Michael also points out, “It is reasonable to expect hotel staff to clean, fumigate, disinfect and exterminate any known infestation of bedbugs.”
When hotel owners fail to protect against bed bug infestations, the result is that hotel owners can indeed potentially be sued. This is true whether you sustain bed bug bites or you carry bed bugs home, causing an infestation in your home.
Risks Associated With Hotel Bed Bug Infestations
A University of Minnesota report notes that whenever you are away from your home you are at an increased risk of coming into contact with bed bugs. This is true even if you spend just one night in a hotel.
Some hotel guests check the mattress and box springs for bed bugs. Perhaps you wonder why you woke up with bed bug bites or now have a bed bug infestation in your home because bed bugs hitched a ride home with you even though you checked the bedding.
Bed bugs can go a considerable period without a blood meal, perhaps patiently awaiting your arrival at a hotel. They hide very well, in both wooden and upholstered furniture, in the space between the hotel bed and wall and even inside electrical outlet and switch plate covers. Once you go to sleep, bed bugs feast on your blood. They have the ability to crawl into your luggage, resulting in a bed bug infestation in your home.
Types Of Damages You May Be Able to Recover Due To A Hotel Bed Bug Infestation
You should not have to suffer losses incurred because of the negligence on the part of a hotel owner to prevent bed bugs. This is a relatively growing problem that will be extremely common in the future, similar to self-driving car accidents or issues with alternative food sources.
Recoverable monetary damages may include losses such as costs associated with medical expenses, lost wages, professional extermination, replacing furniture, luggage, carpet, and personal belongings, in addition to other potential damages.
Non-monetary damages in your hotel bed bug case may include pain and suffering, embarrassment, psychological stress from itching and other effects from bed bug bites, fear of going to sleep or fear of staying at another hotel.
Consulting with an Attorney to Sue a Hotel for Bed Bugs
If you believe you have suffered from bed bug bites as a result of negligent hotel management, you may be able to seek compensation to recover these monetary and non-monetary damages. The best way to determine if you have a case and can sue a hotel for bed bugs is to consult with a bed bug attorney. With a qualified attorney behind you, you can get the representation you deserve and benefit from an experienced professional who can guide you through the process.
Contact the experienced bed bug attorneys to determine if we may be able help you with your bed bug case caused by the negligence of a hotel owner.