I did not see the bugs in the hotel room that bit me. Can I file a lawsuit or pursue a case against a hotel for injuries caused by bed bugs?

bed-bugs-inbedThis is a great question and a very common question our bed bug attorneys are asked.

Over the years, we have successfully represented clients against hotel and motel chains across the country that were attacked by bed bugs, but did not actually see the bugs in the room. It is not uncommon for an individual attacked by bed bugs to not see the bugs. On average, about 25% of our clients did not see the bed bugs that bit them.

There are many reasons, why individuals don’t see bed bugs when they feed on humans. Research has shown that bed bugs are nocturnal, which means most of the time they come out to feed when it is night time. The common sense reason why people don’t see bed bugs while they are feeding is because more times than not the person is sleeping while the bed bug feeds.

Another reason cited by some researchers is nymph (baby) bed bugs are translucent (clear) until they feed. Until a baby bed bug feeds, it can be difficult to detect with the human eye. Once a baby bed bug feeds it turns red because it fills up with blood.

bed-bug-bites-on-armAccording to many entomologists, bed bugs inject a Novocain like substance into human’s skin before feeding. It is said that a human cannot feel when a bed bug is feeding due to the numbing substance they inject into the skin. However, humans can feel bed bugs as they crawl on their skin.

If you are currently staying at a hotel or recently checked out of a hotel that you believe is infested with bed bugs it is very important that you contact one of our bed bug lawyers at 855-533-5552, so we can assist you in collecting all the necessary evidence to best preserve your claim. Once contacted we will advise you to look for certain signs that are indicative of a bed bug infestation and most of the time send out one of our bed bug experts to conduct an inspection of the room. We always provide a free consultation and never collect a fee unless we make a recovery for you.

2 thoughts on “I did not see the bugs in the hotel room that bit me. Can I file a lawsuit or pursue a case against a hotel for injuries caused by bed bugs?”

  1. I checked into the Sun Suite Hotel extended stay on 01-08-2015. On my first night there I had what appeared to be a blood like stain on my sheets so my 1 year old daughter and I sat up in chair. The general manager offer us a free night and handed us second set of sheets that morning, offered us a free night. Those sheets too was stained and too small. Friday morning I woke up to my right leg itching and felt like small bumps where on them but I couldn’t see them at first, later that day my back right leg continue to itch as well as my left leg the bite marks became transparent on my back right leg and my inner left leg as well. On Saturday my skin on my right leg became tight, sore, and somewhat painful. Sunday the welts became brighter and redder on the back of my right leg. There is a new bite on my inner upper part of my left arm, small bites on the left side of my stomach as well. I will be going to ER in the morning as the itching is becoming unbearable.

  2. Constance,

    Sounds like the blood spots you observed in your room may have been blood droppings from a bed bug feeding. You did the right thing by seeking medical attention. We strongly recommend that you check out of the hotel and not further subject you and your daughter to more injuries. If you feel the hotel is not being responsive to your complaints, contact the department of business and professional regulations or the department of health in your state. Feel free to call us for a free consultation when you have a moment to speak.

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