With 4,195 locations, Best Western is a household name. You may even have stayed in one. Despite its good reputation, Best Western is not immune to bed bug infestations.
Many bed bug bite victims have suffered from infestations at Best Western hotels. This is often a result of insufficient inspection protocols and training. Along with general negligence on the part of staff and management at Best Western. With that in mind, it’s crucial to perform an initial check for bed bug infestation
Performing an Initial Check for Bed Bugs at a Best Western Hotel
Step 1: Inspect the room thoroughly before settling in for your stay.
Infestation can be present in any hotel, no matter the reputation. Be sure to check every inch of the room for bugs.
Step 2: Check for evidence of infestation.
You can see bed bugs at every stage of life. It’s essential to check for any signs of bed bugs. Check for eggs, live bugs, and any forms of waste left behind. You can recognize waste by look for red-colored spots left behind. If you find any evidence of an infestation, take photographs and video.
Step 3: Inspect specific locations
Do not settle in before checking the bed bug hot spots.
These common spots include:
- bed sheets,
- mattress seams,
- under the mattress and box spring,
- behind baseboards and headboards, and
- all other furniture.
Step 4: If you find bed bugs, notify management
Look to book another room or check out of the hotel completely. If booking another room in the same hotel, be sure it’s in an uninfested part of the hotel. You’re better off booking a room in a different hotel. This way you’re guaranteed to be safe from infestation.
When You Should File a Claim for Bed Bugs in a Best Western
If you would like to file a claim against a Best Western hotel after suffering from bites from an infestation, you’ll need a few key things…
You will need to provide proof that the infestation was a result of the staff and management’s negligence. For example, management who were aware of the infestation but did not take steps to get rid of it
The minute you discover bed bug bites, take photographs of them. Take photographs of any other evidence of infestation. This can be the most important aspect of proving your claim.
Remember to document all:
- information you have related to any hotel staff you speak with,
- proof that you stayed at the property, such as receipt or invoice,
- keep track of any medical care received,
- lost wages,
- time taken off from work for recovery, and
- any other aspects of your injuries.
How to Determine if You Have a Case with a Bed Bug Bite Attorney
It isn’t always easy to prove negligence and file a successful claim. The only way to ensure you have a case is to consult with an experienced bed bug lawyer about your injuries. Our attorneys will listen to your story and take a close look at all available evidence. We will provide feedback if our office can provide you with legal representation.