Whitney, LLP successfully represents clients injured by bed bugs at hotels. From five-star hotels to one-star motels, we have recovered over $12 million in compensation for clients injured by bed bugs. The attorneys at Whitney, LLP often file bed bug lawsuits and end up recovering much more than what the last settlement offer was before the lawsuit was filed.
Whether the hotel is a five-star hotel or a one-star motel, bed bugs do not discriminate, and the standard of care remains the same: Hotels are obligated to provide clean and sanitary hotel rooms, free from infestation. By renting an infested room, the hotel has breached its duty. Guests are entitled to recover damages for their injuries caused by the hotel’s negligence.
Hotel guests attacked by bed bugs are usually either woken up by feeling something crawling on or biting them at night, or wake up in the morning feeling itchy and covered in little red bumps. Due to the delayed allergic reaction that can sometimes occur, a hotel guest who was bitten may start to feel itchy up to several days after they were initially bitten.
6 Steps To Take After Finding Bed Bugs Are In A Hotel Room
1. Take pictures and video of the bed bugs and bites, and blood on the sheets.
Taking pictures and video will preserve your evidence for a claim or lawsuit that you may choose to bring in the future. Evidence of both the bed bugs and bed bug bites will help to maximize your compensation. If you can catch a bed bug, or multiple bugs, and put them in a bag, do that as well. Often times during the claims process, a hotel will claim that there were no bed bugs in a guest’s room. When you can produce evidence of the infestation, that argument loses credibility.
2. Report the bed bug infestation to the hotel’s front desk and ask to speak with the manager.
When you find bed bugs, you need to put the hotel on notice. Doing so in person is good. Also, writing an email to the manager, or assistant manager, is also a good way of documenting what hotel employees you spoke with, what was said, and what your experience was. Ask what their policy is for guest reports of bed bugs, and tell them that you want it followed exactly.
3. Request an Incident Report to be created.
Although every hotel should create an incident report to document guest reports of bed bugs, not all of them do. Ask that an incident report be created, and if given the opportunity to describe what happened, be sure to be as specific as possible with where the bed bugs were found, how many people were bitten, and any other important details. Also be sure to note if any hotel employees came to the room and witnessed the bed bugs.
4. Call the local Health Department and report the infested room.
The local Health Department, or Code Enforcement Department, can be very helpful in documenting bed bug claims. An inspector will usually drive to the hotel within a day or two of the guest making the complaint, personally inspect the infested room, make the hotel manager show them the incident report and any pest control records, and then make a written report of their findings. On many different occasions we have used these reports in our bed bug cases and claims.
5. Seek medical treatment.
Prescription medications, including cortisone and steroids, are often helpful to lessen the itching and swelling of bed bug bites. Some people’s skin will show the bed bug bites longer than others, and sometimes up to a year. If the bites do not start to fade within a week or two, you may want to see a dermatologist for their expert opinion on what steps, if any, should be taken. We have had cases where bite marks last for over a year. In these cases, we have successfully recovered compensation for our clients who have had to live with these blemishes on their skin for an extended period of time.
6. Call or Email Whitney, LLP for your free consultation.
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Recovering Compensation for Bed Bug Bites
Being bitten by bed bugs can be a traumatic experience. As many victims have found, it is not just about the bites and property damage. Emotional distress and anxiety can be debilitating, especially if the injury was severe. We have recovered the following compensation in hotel bed bug cases:
- Pain and suffering for bed bug bites;
- Property discarded to avoid bringing an infestation home;
- Emotional distress and anxiety related to sleeplessness and constant fear of bed bugs after being bitten;
- Scarring and skin disfigurement;
- The cost of ruined vacations and trips; and
- Lost wages from work due to side effects from being bitten by bed bugs
Experienced Representation In Bed Bug Cases
Often times our clients tell us that before they were represented by Whitney, LLP, the claims adjuster for the hotel had offered an insufficient amount of compensation for the suffering the hotel caused. We are experienced in recovering full and fair compensation for our clients.
If a hotel is not willing to provide reasonable compensation, we will not hesitate to file suit if it is in the best interest of our client. We have recovered the largest single-plaintiff bed bug verdict in the United States, and several other significant verdicts and settlement.
Whitney, LLP offers all potential clients a free consultation. Call us at (410) 583-8000, or use our Quick Contact form. We handle bed bug cases across the United States.