We get this question a lot – Can you really sue a hotel in Sanibel Island, Florida for bed bugs? – the answer is YES! Sanibel Island, Florida hotels have the responsibility in ensuring that their hotels are safe and free from bed bugs. Bed bug infestations in hotels have been on the rise across the country due to the drastic increases in travel. According a report prepared by David-Peterson Associates, in 2017, Sanibel Island, Florida saw over 4,700,000 visitors. The more people travelling to an area, the more risk for bed bugs, so why is that?
Bed bug infestations can be caused by travelers coming in from their home and bringing in bed bugs through their belongings and through adjacent buildings and establishments. If Sanibel Island, Florida hotels do not have the proper policies and procedures in place to ensure that they constantly and consistently inspect their rooms for bed bugs, they are at an especially larger risk. Even if it’s a “cheap” or “expensive” hotel, we’ve handled cases where bed bug injuries happen regardless of the cost spent on a room. So how can you tell that you have a bed bug infestation in your Sanibel Island hotel room?
Confirming a Bed Bug Infestation at a Hotel
First, familiarize yourself with the diagram below that goes over the appearance and life cycle of bed bug insects as their appearance can vary significantly –
The most common place you can find bed bugs are in dark, unlit areas and/or in your mattress within your Sanibel Island hotel. Next, strip your hotel bed of any linens, mattresses or other material. Grab your cell phone with a flashlight function (or a regular old flashlight) and closely inspect the ridges of your bed mattress and those dark and unlit areas including behind artwork.
If you have found bed bugs, attempt to capture them in a completely secure container and take photos and videos of them as well. If you have suffered from any injuries such as large red splotches or welts on your body, take photos of those as well. Next, take your evidence and notify the Sanibel Island hotel management team of your findings. Document your conversation along with the name and titles of whom you spoke with and contact a Sanibel Island bed bug attorney.
Contacting a Sanibel Island, Florida Bed Bug Attorney
Here at Bed Bug Law, we specialize in helping victims of bed bugs in Sanibel Island, Florida and everywhere in the country. Bed bug injuries can cause not only physical harm, but emotional and mental as well. If you have suffered from bed bugs, contact Bed Bug Law.
We do not charge any fees or have any costs unless we win your case and offer a completely FREE case evaluation. To get in touch with the Bed Bug Law team, fill out our “Do I Have a Case?” form or call us at 855-533-5552. We look forward to helping you!