Bed bugs are brown, tiny insects that suck human blood. They often hide within the clothing, bedding and other dark spots, coming out at night to feed. Bed bug bites can cause serious irritation and, at times, allergic reactions.
Worse still, these parasites move with humans, so if book an infested hotel room, you might as well end up carrying them home. A single female bug traveling with you is all it takes to infest your home, ruin your peace of mind and cost thousands of dollars in fumigation. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with bed bugs in your hotel room, you have legal rights.
So what do you do if you find bed bugs in your room?
Bed bug bites lawsuits generally fall under premises liability claims. If you are bitten by bed bugs while staying at a hotel, you may consider suing the facility’s management for damages. To facilitate your legal action, you need to take the following steps:
Obtain evidence of bed bug infestation, including signs of bites
Be sure to take pictures of the insects. Most often, you can find bed bugs hiding at the bed frame joints, along the seams of the mattress, under the pillows, on the drapery and in poorly lit locations. Take as many photos and short video clips as you can. And if you have bite marks, be sure to take pictures of these as well. Bed bug bites tend to leave red bumps on the skin.
File an incident report with the hotel management
It is important that you let the hotel management know about your injuries. While filing the incident report, be sure to include the evidence of the bed bugs, the employees you invited to your room to witness the bugs as well as their response. This is important for keeping the hotel honest.
Bed bug bites can leave you physically and emotionally distressed. Find out how we can safeguard your rights and interests by pursuing a bed bug bites lawsuit.