Sheraton hotels house millions of guests each year. Guests traveling from hotel to hotel on long trips risk tracking bed bugs from one hotel to another, potentially leading to infestations in guests’ rooms. If you or a member of your family stayed at a Sheraton hotel and found bed bugs in their room, they may be entitled to substantial compensation, especially if they suffered serious bed bug bites. Visit our results page to read how our law firm has helped real victims of bed bug injuries.
For help with your care, call Whitney, LLP. Our attorneys represent victims of bed bug attacks and victims who brought bed bugs back to their home after staying at a hotel. For help filing a lawsuit against a Sheraton hotel for bed bugs, call our national bed bug lawyers today to schedule a free legal consultation. Our number is (410) 583-8000.
Holding Sheraton Hotels at Fault for Bed Bug Injuries
If you or a loved one stayed at a hotel, there are two major risks you could face from bed bugs. First, if the hotel room had an infestation, you could face bed bug bites and other damages from your stay at the hotel. Second, if the hotel room had an infestation, you could track bed bugs home with you on your clothes or luggage, which could lead to an infestation in your home. In either case, the hotel that allowed bed bugs to infest your room is likely responsible for the damages you faced.
Hotels have a duty to their guests to provide a clean, sanitary room. Different states impose different duties under specific laws, but throughout the country it is generally seen as negligent for a hotel to allow a guest to stay in a room that they should have known had bed bugs. Housekeeping and other hotel staff should inspect rooms for bed bugs, and the hotel should stop renting rooms that have any signs of the pests.
Once the hotel knows about a possible infestation, they should clean and treat the room and adjacent rooms. There are many possible solutions for treating bed bugs, from heat treating to spraying, and hotels should hire experts to properly end any potential infestations and take preventative measures on nearby rooms. If they fail to use the proper care and skill and you stay in a room that was not properly cleared of bed bugs, the hotel is likely responsible for any harms you faced.
In worse cases, the hotel may blatantly refuse to warn you of a bed bug infestation and allow you to stay in a room that they knew was not safe or clean. If this happens, you may even be able to claim “punitive” damages against the hotel to punish them for this seriously negligent conduct. Punitive damages are rare, and each state has its own rules on how punitive damages work, but your attorney can help you determine if your case warrants punitive damages.
Suing for Damages after Hotel Bed Bug Bites
The best way to get compensation for your injuries is often to take the hotel to court. Many hotels, especially huge chains like Sheraton, employ aggressive legal teams to help protect them from liability and reduce the cost of legal claims. These attorneys do not work for you and do not have your interests in mind. The hotel’s legal team or insurance company will likely try to shut down claims early and offer low settlements that do not cover your needs. At Whitney, LLP, our lawyers are not afraid to take big hotel chains to court to get you the compensation you deserve.
When suing in court, you can usually claim damages for any harms that resulted from the incident. Many states have restrictions that state that there must be physical injuries before you can claim damages. The bed bug bites themselves qualify, which means that any medical expenses, mental or emotional distress, damage to personal property, and other costs and expenses related to the bed bug incident can be claimed in court.
Your attorney can help you understand what exactly your case might be worth. Calculating your total damages can be difficult without an experienced attorney who understands what damages you can claim. As mentioned, a hotel or their insurance company may try to offer a low settlement that will not cover your full needs. In these cases, it may be best to take the case to court to maximize your damages. In other cases, the insurance company or the hotel’s legal team might drag their feet and refuse to respond to demands and claims. Taking your case to court with the help of an experienced bed bug injury lawyer might help put pressure on them and push them towards a fair settlement.
If your case does go to court, your attorney can present evidence of the infestation and the bites you faced. Collecting a bed bug helps as evidence of the infestation, as does taking pictures of the bites and seeking medical attention so that you have records of the bites. For help understanding what evidence you can use and how your case can proceed, call our law offices today.
Sheraton Hotel Bed Bug Injury Lawyers Offering Free Legal Consultations
If you stayed at a Sheraton hotel and found bed bugs or bed bugs came back to your home, contact the Sheraton hotel bed bug injury attorneys at Whitney, LLP. Our national bed bug injury lawyers represent the victims of bed bug injuries and fight large hotel chains and other responsible parties to get them the compensation they need for the injuries from their bites and other damages they faced because of a bed bug infestation in a Sheraton hotel. For a free legal consultation, call our lawyers today at (410) 583-8000.