As a hotel guest, you have a right to safe, clean conditions that will not endanger your health or your family. If you were bitten by bed bugs while staying at a hotel in Los Angeles, you may have cause to file a lawsuit or personal injury claim. If you prevail, you may receive compensation for medical bills, damaged property, and other losses you have suffered due to the hotel infestation.
With years of experience fighting on behalf of injured hotel guests in bed bug lawsuits, the LA hotel bed bug attorneys of Whitney, LLP are ready to advocate tirelessly on your family’s behalf. We are here to educate you on your legal rights, hold negligent hotels accountable, and aggressively pursue compensation for your injuries. To set up a free legal consultation with Whitney, LLP, contact us online today, or call our law offices at (410) 583-8000.
Identifying Bed Bugs in an LA Hotel
Bed bugs are parasitic, blood-sucking insects that feed exclusively on mammal blood. While normally nocturnal, bed bugs may be spotted during the day in the case of a severe infestation.
Though sometimes difficult to see, bed bugs can be identified by their flattened, ridged bodies, which are semi-transparent and wingless. Bed bugs can look radically different depending on how recently they have fed. Unfed bed bugs are thin and narrow when viewed in profile, whereas bed bugs which have recently fed are more elongated and cylinder-shaped. When viewed from above, bed bugs have an oval or rounded outline.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Most people experience similar reactions to being bitten: pink, raised, itchy welts or swellings, which generally appear within several hours to several days of the feeding. However, some people do not have any physical reaction, and may not even know they have been bitten unless bites appear on other guests. At the opposite end of the spectrum, some individuals are highly sensitive to bed bugs and consequently suffer more severe bite reactions, as discussed in the next section.
Because bed bug bites can vary in appearance and affect people so differently, it is wise to visit your doctor or dermatologist right away for an expert diagnosis. Your physician can also develop a plan for treating or reducing the risk of bite-related complications.
Are Bed Bugs Harmful to Hotel Tenants?
Bed bugs are not just an itchy, expensive-to-combat pest – more seriously, they can also trigger severe health issues. Though most people do not experience severe reactions to bed bug bites, a small segment of the population is at risk for a life-threatening allergic reaction known as “anaphylaxis.”
This reaction occurs because of a sensitivity to proteins called “antigens” in bed bug saliva. Most individuals are not sensitive to these proteins. However, those who are may have an anaphylactic response. The effects or symptoms of anaphylaxis include weakness, breathing problems, vomiting, and shock.
Some individuals with more minor allergies may experience painful swelling and blistering in the bitten areas. Other health problems linked to bed bug bites include insomnia, depression, anxiety, permanent scarring, and various bacterial infections, such as impetigo, cellulitis, and ecthyma.
How to Find Bed Bugs in a Hotel Room
Unfortunately, hotels do not always take proper measures to prevent and exterminate infestations, nor are proper disclosures of prior or current infestations always made to guests. Therefore, it is wise to conduct a thorough check of any hotel room – even at a five-star, luxury establishment – before settling in for the night. Here are three simple ways to find out about bed bug infestations in your hotel room:
- Do online research before your trip. You may find negative reports from previous visitors. Try searching databases such as Bed Bug Reports for information.
- Thoroughly inspect your mattress, pillows, and sheets. Other than live insects, signs of bed bugs include dark stains, molted skins, and eggs.
- Pay attention to foul odors. These odors may be produced by alarm pheromones, which bed bugs can release when in distress. They are often compared to almonds or cilantro, and are frequently described as “sweet” or “musty.”
Filing a Bed Bug Lawsuit Against a Hotel in LA, California
Your hotel may be liable for physical and financial injuries you sustained due to a bed bug infestation in your room. It depends on whether the hotel was negligent, or failed in some way to meet a reasonable standard of care. Hotels can also be held liable if management or other parties knowingly allow guests to check into infested rooms. In addition to a hotel brand or hospitality company, other parties may also be liable, such as negligent exterminators or individual hotel employees.
Los Angeles Hotel Bed Bug Infestation Claim Attorneys
A bed bug infestation can be devastating to hotel guests. Not only can the infestation cause injuries during the trip – it can also follow the guest back home, continuing the cycle of stress, injury, and financial harm.
If you discovered a bed bug infestation in your hotel room in Los Angeles, you should talk to an experienced injury lawyer about your legal options. For a free consultation, contact our law offices online today, or call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000.