At Whitney, LLP, we are experienced personal injury lawyers with a focus on cases involving bed bug infestations. If you suffered bite injuries or property damage due to a bed bug infestation at any hotel in Las Vegas, we can fight to recover financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients over the years, because we approach every case with diligence, care, and attention to detail.
To learn more about suing a hotel for bed bugs in Las Vegas, contact Whitney, LLP online to set up a free legal consultation. You can also reach our law offices by calling (410) 583-8000.
Identifying Bed Bugs in a Hotel Room
Bed bugs are tiny brown insects which generally do not exceed one quarter of an inch in length. Their exact coloration can vary, with juveniles (“nymphs”) tending to be lighter colored than adults. Their bodies are distinctively shaped, changing from flat in their unfed state to an elongated, cigar-like shape while feeding.
This transformation sometimes causes people to confuse bed bugs with ticks. However, there is a telltale difference: ticks have eight legs compared to bed bugs’ six.
Though normally nocturnal, bed bugs may become visible during daylight hours if they are disturbed, or if there is an extreme infestation.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Bed bug bites look different on different individuals, underscoring the importance of receiving a professional diagnosis. Some people display virtually no symptoms, while others experience pronounced reactions. Speaking generally, bed bug bites produce puffy, itchy, pink welts, similar to flea or mosquito bites. The bites may start to become noticeable right away, the following day, or several days after feeding occurs. In some cases, the bites may form painful blisters.
How to Find Bed Bugs at a Hotel
Silent and flightless, bed bugs are masterful at hiding and can be very difficult to locate. However, there are several tricks to facilitate finding bed bugs in your hotel room. To check your hotel room for bed bugs, consider the following tips:
- Upon arrival, strip all bedding from the mattress and carefully inspect all six sides. You may notice live bed bugs, bed bug egg cases, and/or clusters of small, dark stains. These stains, which are similar to the stains caused by bleeding pens or markers, are caused by bed bugs defecating or being crushed.
- Take notice of any strange smells. Cleaning products can give hotel rooms a strong scent – but if you smell something that seems out-of-place, the culprit may be alarm pheromones released by bed bugs in your room. Various sources have described these odors as “sweet,” “musty,” or similar to certain foods. For instance, cilantro and almonds are often mentioned.
Can Bed Bugs Be Dangerous?
Unfortunately, the short answer to this question is yes. While most individuals do not suffer from serious physical reactions, bed bugs pose a potential risk for the following injuries and complications:
- Anaphylaxis – Anaphylaxis refers to a severe allergic reaction which causes potentially life-threatening effects, including respiratory problems and shock. Anaphylaxis is a risk for individuals with sensitivities to proteins in the bed bug’s saliva, which is injected into the host while the bed bug is feeding on blood.
- Bacterial Infections – Bed bug bites can be extremely itchy. However, too much scratching can cut the skin, which makes it easier for bacterial infections such as lymphangitis and ecthyma to develop.
- Permanent Scarring – Scratching or picking at bed bug bites can leave deep scars on the skin, which are difficult to remove without costly treatment.
Can You Sue a Hotel for Bed Bugs in Nevada?
As a hot destination for vacationers and gambling enthusiasts, Las Vegas is home to countless hotels, including popular brands such as Comfort Inn & Suites, which is operated by Choice Hotels. There are also numerous luxury hotels located among Las Vegas’ casinos, including famous establishments like the Mirage, the Venetian, and the Bellagio.
Unfortunately, bed bugs are tough, adaptable, speedy travelers who can quickly invade any building, whether it is a budget motel or a five-star resort. To keep guests safe, hotels must take adequate measures to exterminate and prevent bed bug infestations. Hotels which fail to protect their guests may be liable for resulting injuries or property damage. For instance, you may have a claim against your hotel or other parties if management had prior awareness of the infestation when offering your room. Our Las Vegas hotel bed bug attorneys are highly experienced in handling these types of claims, and understand what sort of evidence is needed to prove negligence and establish liability.
Las Vegas Hotel Bed Bug Infestation Attorneys
Bed bugs can cause health problems, ruin precious belongings, and even travel back from your hotel, infesting your home or apartment. While your situation may feel overwhelming right now, know that you are not in this alone. The hotel bed bug infestation lawyers of Whitney, LLP have successfully handled numerous cases like yours, and are ready to fight tirelessly on you and your family’s behalf. Contact our law offices online to set up a free legal consultation, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 to speak with an attorney today.