Staying at a hotel and finding bed bugs in your room – or finding bed bugs at home soon after staying at a hotel – can be an extremely upsetting experience. People pay to stay at W Hotels because they specifically expect upscale accommodations and excellent service, so discovering you were the victim of hotel room bed bugs is a terrible reversal of fortune. If you found bed bugs in your hotel room at a W Hotel or were the victim of a bed bug infestation after staying at a W Hotel, call the hotel bed bug lawyers at Whitney, LLP today. Visit our results page to read how our law firm has helped real victims of bed bug injuries.
Our lawyers for bed bugs at a W Hotel represent bed bug injury victims and their families and work to get them the compensation they deserve from negligent hotel chains. For help investigating and building your case with an attorney who is not afraid to take your case to court against huge hotel chains like Marriott and W Hotel, call our law offices today for a free legal consultation. Our number is (410) 583-8000.
Suing W Hotel for Bed Bugs
Bed bugs in a hotel room pose a serious health risk to anyone who stays in that room. Bed bugs can cause extremely itchy and uncomfortable bites that can leave you with physical and mental/emotional trauma after suffering an attack. Most bed bug victims may not realize that they were attacked until the morning when they discover spots of blood on their sheets and bite marks on their body. Victims might not realize that they can also bring bed bugs back to their home on their clothes or luggage, suffering an infestation there as well.
Bed bug victims might be able to sue the hotel chain responsible for their injuries. W Hotel, like any hotel, is responsible for ensuring that their guests are safe from things like bed bugs by inspecting and cleaning rooms, spraying preventative bed bug measures, and closing and repairing any rooms that they know to have bed bug infestations – as well as the surrounding rooms and common areas.
Hotel W, a luxury offshoot of Marriott, is known for having social spaces and upscale rooms. They also commonly have pet-friendly hotels. This added interaction and the presence of pets can potentially increase the risk and spread of bed bugs from person to person (or animal to person) in common areas. If people bring bed bugs from their hotel room to common areas, they could unknowingly spread the bed bugs to other guests, infesting their rooms, and sending bed bugs back home with them.
Since hotels are responsible for keeping their rooms clean and safe, it is likely their fault if they allow you to stay in a room with bed bugs. This typically means that housekeeping and other staff negligently cleaned the room or failed to spot and warn you about an infestation that they should have noticed. If you are given a room that was recently cleaned after a bed bug infestation, and you discover additional bed bugs, this also shows negligence on the part of the hotel staff because they reopened the room without clearing the infestation. Lastly, bed bugs can travel a far distance each day, so the hotel may also be responsible if they allow you to stay in a room adjacent to an infested room without warning you or taking preventative measures.
Holding W Hotels Responsible for Bed Bug Injuries
After facing a bed bug infestation, you may have serious damages that the hotel should compensate you for. If you need medical treatment for bed bug bites, the hotel should pay for these bills. Treatment for allergic reactions or infected bites could be especially expensive.
The hotel should also pay damages for any replaced items or damages for other rehabilitative measures. If the hotel allowed your clothing or luggage to be infested, they should pay to replace it. Moreover, if the bed bugs came back to your home, the hotel should be liable for any spraying or fumigating; replaced beds, furniture, and carpets; and medical treatment for your family.
Large hotel chains hire attorneys and insurance companies whose goal is to reduce their liability and payouts when problems arise. These lawyers may offer a settlement to stop your case quickly and prevent information getting out about bed bug problems at their hotel. However, these damages might not be enough to fully cover your needs, and they may be attempting to manipulate the case against you. Our attorneys may be able to represent you and help you understand what your case is worth and how to maximize your compensation in a bed bug injury lawsuit.
Lastly, it is important to understand that your case may entitle you to additional “punitive” damages. Many states authorize additional damages to punish bad actors who commit repeat problems with bed bugs or who blatantly put you in danger by allowing you to stay in a hotel room they knew to be infested. While these situations are rare, you typically cannot claim these additional damages unless you take the hotel chain to court. You should discuss the possibility of punitive damages with your lawyer.
Free Legal Consultations on Bed Bug Injuries from W Hotels
If you or a member of your family suffered injuries from bed bugs at a W Hotel or at home after staying at a W Hotel, call Whitney, LLP today. Our W Hotel bed bug injury lawyers represent victims of these serious incidents and work to get them the compensation they need to cover medical bills and other damages after suffering from bed bugs at a hotel. For a free legal consultation on your case, call us from anywhere in the United States today at (410) 583-8000.