Here at Bed Bug Law, we get this question all the time – Can you sue a hotel in Orlando, Florida for bed bugs? The surprising answer to many is YES. Hotels in Orlando, Florida or anywhere in the country for that matter, have a responsibility to ensure that their hotel is safe and free from bed bugs. Unfortunately, metropolitan hot spots in the United States are at a especially high risk of bed bug infestations. This includes Orlando, where according to VoaNews.com, Orlando had received 75 million visitors in 2018 alone with a year-to-year increase of 4.1%.
Why is Orlando at increased risk? Well, travelers can bring in and infest hotels with bed bugs that have clung onto their clothing or luggage. This puts the responsibility on hotels to ensure they have proper bed bug inspection and elimination policies. Are you staying in an Orlando hotel? Have you woken up with strange red welts on your body? Think you have bed bugs? Bed Bug Law can help you in addressing your claim, here’s what we recommend you do.
Confirming You Have Bed Bugs in Your Orlando, Florida Hotel
The appearance of bed bugs can be confusing as they have drastic differences in their appearance depending on their age. Before we begin, familiarize yourself with the diagram listed below –
Next, we’ll want to grab your cell phone for the flashlight function (or just a regular old flashlight) and then strip your hotel bed of any linens like a comforter, mattress covers. The goal is to get your bed down to the bare mattress and frame. Once you have completed those steps, turn off the lights and closely inspect the ridges of your mattress for bed bugs and any small, dark red stains that may be on the bed indicating dried blood. You will also want to check behind any artwork or any other dark and unlit areas for bed bugs as they like to hide there too.
If you have found any bed bugs, please make sure to take clear photos and videos of them in the location that you found them. If you have suffered any injuries such as large red welts, these are caused by bed bugs feeding on your blood for nourishment. It’s important to take photos and video of these bed bug injuries as well for your bed bug claim. Additionally, if you are able, please attempt to capture the bed bugs in a completely secure container.
Notifying Management of the Bed Bug Infestation in Your Orlando, Florida Hotel
After you have confirmed you are dealing with bed bug injuries or a bed bug infestation in your Orlando hotel, it’s time to notify hotel management. Go to the front desk and ask to speak to a manager in person regarding your bed bug issue. Take very clear notes of your conversation with the management team including the names, titles and contact information of those who you spoke with.
Contact an Orlando Hotel Bed Bug Attorney
After going through the above steps, it’s time to speak to a bed bug attorney like us at Bed Bug Law. Here at Bed Bug Law, we represent victims of bed bugs in Orlando, Florida. If you have suffered from bed bugs, you should contact a Orlando Hotel bed bug attorney.
You can receive a completely FREE case evaluation from Bed Bug Law by filling out our “Do I Have a Case?” form or by calling a Bed Bug Law attorney at 855-533-5552. We do not charge any fees or have any costs unless we win your case!