Comfort Inn has been a household name since 1982. Chances are you might’ve stayed in one and had a great comfortable stay. It’s a trusted brand throughout the U.S. Choice Hotels, it’s parent company, owns 6,800 hotels worldwide. Despite its reliable reputation, Comfort Inn is not immune to bed bug infestations.
Many bed bug bite victims have suffered from infestations at Comfort Inn hotels. Over the years, there has been a total of 338 bed bug reports in Comfort Inn Hotels. Bed bug infestations are often the result of insufficient inspection protocols and training, along with general negligence on the part of staff and management at Comfort Inn. With that in mind, it’s crucial to perform an initial check for bed bug infestation.
How to Perform an Initial Bed Bugs Check at a Comfort Inn 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 or black ink-dot looking spots left behind.
Step 3: Inspect specific locations
Do not settle in before checking the bed bug hot spots. Settling in before checking hot spots can easily lead to a bed bug infestation.
These common spots include:
- bed sheets
- mattress seams
- under the mattress
- behind baseboards and headboards
- all other furniture.
Step 4: If you find bed bugs, notify management immediately
First, document the infestation by taking photographs of all evidence found. Take photographs not just of the bed bugs but also any fecal stains, nests, and shell casings found. 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 encountering another infestation at that property.
When You Should File a Claim for Bed Bugs in a Comfort Inn
If you would like to file a claim against a Comfort Inn hotel after suffering from bites from an infestation, you’ll need a few key things…
- Proof 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.
- Photographs The minute you discover bed bug bites, take photographs of them. Take photographs of any other evidence of infestation.
- Documentation Remember to document all:
- names of any staff you speak with at the property
- dates for everything that transpired from checking into the property and encountering the infestation to present
- medical care received
- lost wages
- time taken off from work for recovery
- 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.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. This firm handles claims nationwide on a pre-litigation basis only. Some attorneys are not licensed to practice in certain jurisdictions. Although most bed bug cases resolve without a lawsuit, should one need be filed in a jurisdiction the firm is not authorized to practice, our lawyers can work with local counsel upon the execution of a new agreement.