New Jersey Bed Bug Case Resolved For $10,000
Our investigation of this incident revealed that our client, Ms. Ca was a guest at a Holiday Inn located in New Jersey. On June 29, 2014 at approximately 2 a.m., Ms. Ca woke up itching and noticed several bites/welts on her body in her room. Uncertain of the cause, Ms. Ca went back to sleep. A few hours later, Ms. Ca woke up itching again. Ms. Ca turned on the lights and found two bed bugs crawling on her bed. Ms. Ca contacted the front desk and complained to Jac, the front desk clerk. Ms. Ca filled out an incident report, was given the business card of the manager and checked out. The next day, Ms. Ca underwent medical treatment for her injuries at Medical clinic. Ms. Ca was prescribed Hydroxyzine HCI 25mg and Prednisone 20mg for her symptoms.
On July 2, 2014, Ms. Ca filed an online complaint with the Holiday Inn in regards to the bed bug infestation in her room. Later in the day, Ms. Ca contacted one of our attorneys and completed a free consultation. Shortly thereafter, a fee agreement was executed and our team got to work. Ms. Ca informed us she was bit almost 40 times, but only had photos of a few of her bites. This made proving her actual injuries difficult; however, Ms. Ca managed to take a few photos of the bugs in the room. The photos of the bed bugs in the room helped negate any potential allegations by the hotel that no bugs were in the room.
It is a good idea to seek further treatment with a doctor if your symptoms from the bed bug bites don’t go away within a reasonable time frame.
An estimated three months after Ms. Ca’s stay at the Holiday Inn, she sought further medical attention with a dermatologist. Upon physical evaluation the dermatologist noted the presence of many white, dry papules with scaling on Ms. Ca’s arms and hyperpigmented macules on Ms. Ca’s legs and buttocks. The doctor recommended Hydrocortisone, Clindamycin Lotion, Avar Topical Cream and Hydroquinone 4%.
Our lawyers successfully negotiated a settlement on Ms. Ca’s behalf that was not only fair but able to compensate her for the pain and suffering endured. At the end, Ms. Ca was greatly appreciative of the outcome.