Can I Receive Compensation for Bed Bug Bite Injuries?

One of the first questions most clients ask bed bug lawyers is, “Can I get compensation for my bed bug bite injuries?” Of course, the answer to that question can vary greatly between clients. There are a number of factors that an attorney needs to consider in a bed bug injury case.

Getting Paid for Your Bed Bug Injuries

There is no one-size-fits all answer to questions about recovering damages in a bed bug case – because every bed bug case is different. An experienced bed bug injury attorney will need to ask a variety of questions to know the chances of a successful lawsuit, including:

How severe were your injuries?Can I Receive Compensation for Bed Bug Bite Injuries?

Every individual reacts differently to bed bug bites. Some people will hardly notice the bites on their body. Others can have such a severe allergic reaction that they have it go to the hospital immediately. Most bed bug bite victims fall somewhere in between these examples.  The majority of bed bug bite victims we speak with will have multiple bites resulting in itchy welts for a period of days to weeks.  Some bed bug bite injury victims will still experience the sensation of bites months after the bites have healed.  The emotional and psychological impact of bed bug bite injuries can be more serious than the physical bite itself.

Another consideration is how many bites you sustained. Depending on how many, or how few, bed bugs there were, you could have been bitten a few times or a hundred. Some bed bug injury victims discover bites head to toe, while others may only have them in an isolated area.

What kind of issues did you have to deal with beyond physical injury?

A strong bed bug case will seek damages beyond the basic physical injuries. Damages from bed bug cases can include:

  • Medical billsCan I Receive Compensation for Bed Bug Bite Injuries?
  • Lost work/wages
  • Mental and emotional distress (some victims are unable to sleep comfortably or require psychological treatment)
  • Extermination bills (bed bugs often travel back to your home with you from hotels/motels)
  • Lost personal belongings (you may have to throw out your luggage, belongings, etc.)

What did the hotel owner/management do to prevent bed bug infestations?

No matter how severe the injuries or how inconvenient and expensive the bed bug infestation, you still need to prove negligence to have a winning case. Negligence on the part of a property occurs when the owner/manager fails in his/her duty to protect guests.  Failures of duties of care often include lack of training of critical staff members on ow to identify bed bugs. They can also include a failure to put in place a bed bug protocol or have reasonable pest control measures at the property.  There are many duties that a hotel owes its guests, contact our office if you believe you have been injured as a result of the negligence of another.

Consider this example of negligence:

A hotel owner gets a complaint of bed bug bites from a guest. In an attempt to save money, the owner decides to deal with theCan I Receive Compensation for Bed Bug Bite Injuries?

potential bed bug problem himself. He cleans the room thoroughly and doesn’t see any bed bugs. He is not an exterminator nor does he have any training on how to detect bed bugs. The owner doesn’t know what is necessary to eliminate bed bugs in a hotel room. Bed bugs remain in the room and injure more guests.  Guests injured by bed bug bites at this hotel would have a strong claim for their injuries.

Did you document your injuries and any bed bugs you found?

Documentation and evidence are valuable in pursuing a bed bug injury claim.  If you are bitten and you notice it before you leave your hotel room, search the room for signs of bed bugs. You can usually see bed bugs with the naked eye, especially adult bugs. You can also see black and rust colored spots on the sheets, mattress and/or box spring, these are bed bug droppings or “fecal spotting”. Search the comforter, sheets, mattress, box spring and even the furniture in the room. Take pictures of anything you find that indicates bed bugs including live bugs, dead bugs, fecal spotting, bed bug skins, eggs or other pests.

Visiting a doctor for your injuries is also recommended. Ask for documentation of your visit. Having a doctor record the nature of your injuries can be useful in a case.

Let Us Answer Your Questions – Please Contact Our Bed Bug Law FirmCan I Receive Compensation for Bed Bug Bite Injuries?

The only way to really know if you have a chance of collecting compensation is to speak to an experienced bed bug attorney. If you or someone you care for has been bitten and you think negligence was involved, please contact us. We will be happy to answer all your questions.

2 thoughts on “Can I Receive Compensation for Bed Bug Bite Injuries?”

  1. *My wife and I, along with my son, his wife and small child were on vacation in Kissimmee, Fl at Club Sevilla 4646 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, Fl 34746
    We were on a planned vacation for father’s day & my birthday on June 18th (booked dates were from 6-16-18 to 6-23-18 Sat. to Sat.).
    *Our 1st night stay (June 16th in Room 125) was a night of itching and restlessness. Upon awaking the next morning of the 17th, I found and killed a couple of bed bugs, found numerous swellings over my body from the bed bug bites and I took pictures of both the bugs and bites over my body (@ 24 bites).
    *I then called the front desk to inform them of this infestation; and about 45 minutes later housekeeping came to inspect the room. As they turned up the mattress, they stated that they found 2 2 very small bed bugs.
    While they made an effort to minimize this concern, I pointed them to the two larger bugs that I had killed and placed on a small end table to photograph, asking them if they also could see them.
    They were kind to apologize and went to report it to the front desk.
    Then about another 45 minutes or so later, the front desk finally called us to come to the desk to receive keys to another room (Rm #128).
    *My complaint is the negligence on the hotel’s part in this matter; in that they should have house-keeping raise those mattresses and inspect for bed bugs before anyone enters those rooms expecting to experience a nice vacation or stay, such as we were expecting. Raising the mattresses after the fact is not fully considerate.
    *After relocating to another room on the 17th, my son and his wife decided they would return home sooner than expected (they had originally planned to spend the night of the 16th and 17th with us in order to be with us for my birthday of June 18th; and return home the evening of the 18th. They did not want to risk another night of possible infestations, so they left earlier than intended.
    *On the next day (my birthday June 18th), I had to go to the VA in Kissimmee, Fl to be examined and then to the VA Pharmacy in Orlando to receive medication for ongoing increasing itching and swellings over my body. I Used the medication over my body the night before going to bed (sleep was still disrupted quite a bit).
    *On June 19th, upon awaking and showering to remove the medication from my body as instructed, the itching and swelling had decreased significantly but not completely. This is now four days of our seven day vacation that has been disrupted.
    *I am a U.S. Army Veteran suffering from PTSD, while our planned vacation for enjoyment and rest has been deeply interrupted by Club Sevilla’s negligence in causing discomforts to my wife (Jennifer Dixon), my son Derrick Dixon and His wife Tamika Dixon & their small child); while causing me increased pain & suffering with sleeplessness from 24 plus bed bugs bites, with on-going itching and swelling allergic reactions caused only by the negligence of Club Sevilla in Kissimmee, Fl, (Room 125). 4646 West Iro Bronson Memorial Highway, Zip 34746 – Phone (407) 396-1800.
    *I have photographed bed bug from room 125 and also the bug bites. We’re scheduled to be here at Club Sevilla until June 23rd, before returning home to Hephzibah, GA.
    We highly appreciate your help in this matter.

  2. Mr. Dixon, please call us directly so we can discuss your bed bug injury claim. Thank you for contacting bed bug law.

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