Hotels are meant to be your home away from home while you travel for business or vacation with your family. Hotels are also meant to be kept clean, sanitary, and safe for human habitation – but unfortunately, that isn’t always what occurs. Bed bug infestations are alarmingly common in hotels and motels across the United States, ranging from high-end luxury suites to no-frills budget lodging. No matter where your journey takes you, injuries and property damage caused by bed bugs is always a risk for hotel guests.
If you suffered from a serious illness or injury after being bitten by bed bugs at an Extended Stay America hotel, or if you had to replace damaged personal property because it became infested, you could be entitled to significant compensation for your pain and financial losses. The hotel bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP have extensive experience representing bite injury victims, and aren’t afraid to go up against large corporations and their insurance companies in pursuit of maximum compensation for our clients.
To start talking about your bed bug experience in a free and private legal consultation, call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000. It’s perfectly okay to have lots of questions, or to feel unsure about where to get started – that’s what we’re here to help you with.
Extended Stay America Hotel Statistics
Extended Stay America is a hotel brand under Charlotte-based parent company Extended Stay Hotels, which also owns the following franchises:
- Crossland – about 35 locations
- Extended Stay Deluxe – about 110 locations
- Homestead Studio Suites – about 130 locations
- StudioPLUS – about 45 locations
As of summer 2015, there are approximately 360 Extended Stay America hotels across the United States, bringing the total number of Extended Stay locations up to approximately 680. Collectively, the Extended Stay family contains roughly 76,000 rooms. Major locations (“featured locations”) include:
- Atlanta, GA
- Baltimore, MD
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Los Angeles, CA
- New York, NY
- Orlando, FL
- Philadelphia, PA
- Phoenix, AZ
- San Diego, CA
- Washington D.C.
Other prominent hotel locations you may have visited include:
- Annapolis, MD
- Boise, ID
- Dallas, TX
- Detroit, MI
- Hartford, CT
- Indianapolis, IN
- Providence, RI
- San Francisco, CA
- St. Louis, MO
- Tulsa, OK
How Bed Bug Bites Cause Injury and Illness
Most people will tell you that bed bug bites are no more serious than mosquito bites, and are no cause for alarm. Unfortunately, this is dangerous misinformation which simply isn’t accurate. While it’s true that some people are fortunate not to suffer from complications or noticeable reactions, many others will experience moderate to severe health problems – and their accompanying expenses.
Described below are just a few of the many medical issues which can arise after a victim is bitten by bed bugs:
- Anaphylactic Shock (Anaphylaxis) – Anaphylaxis is commonly associated with bee stings and allergies to nuts. What most people don’t realize is that bed bug bites can also trigger anaphylactic shock, a rapid-onset and potentially fatal full-body allergic reaction which involves vomiting, diarrhea, hives, fainting, weak pulse, nausea, and decreased blood pressure. While bed bug-induced anaphylaxis is rare, the risk of death makes it a major concern.
- Chagas Disease – Chagas Disease is gradually becoming more prevalent in the United States. This disease is grimly nicknamed a “silent killer,” because it can lie dormant for many years before the victim begins to notice symptoms. Chagas Disease can lead to enlargement of the heart, esophagus, and/or colon, which in turn may cause fatal organ failure.
- Hepatitis B – Hepatitis B is a long-term infection of the liver, which is responsible for processing drugs and chemicals in the body. The liver also plays a vital role in aiding digestion and blood clotting. Hepatitis B can last for months, years, or even a lifetime, and can also lead to liver cancer, which has a survival rate of just 10% past the five-year mark.
- Hyperpigmentation – Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition in which patches of skin become darker than the surrounding tissue. This effect is especially prominent in persons with darker skin tones. While physically harmless, hyperpigmentation is highly resistant to treatment and can lead to feelings of depression, insecurity, and lowered self-esteem.
- Impetigo – Impetigo produces painful, runny, unsightly sores around the nose and mouth. Impetigo is colloquially termed “school sores” because its highly infectious nature makes it easy to spread from child to child in the confines of a classroom. As you can imagine, the ease with which impetigo spreads could also force an adult to take time off from work, resulting in financial loss which is further compounded by doctor visits and medications.
Even in the absence of these serious medical problems, bite victims frequently suffer from skin infections caused by constant scratching and thus re-opening of bites. These infections can be difficult and costly to treat, causing physical pain and emotional distress to the victim all the while. For children and teenagers in particular, scabs and scarring caused by scratching can lead to bullying and feelings of worthlessness and isolation at school.
Additionally, because bed bugs can easily infiltrate luggage and clothing, hotel guests frequently return home with unwanted hitch-hikers which place their entire families at risk. When bed bugs take up residence in a person’s home or apartment, the only reliable solution is expensive professional treatment – typically preceded by hundreds if not thousands of dollars in property damage.
If your room at Extended Stay America or another Extended Stay Hotels location was infested by bed bugs, you may be able to recover compensation for your resulting pain, suffering, and expenses. To set up a free and confidential case evaluation, call the bed bug lawyers of Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 today.