Visitors arrive year-round in Tampa for both tourism and business. They find numerous hotels, vacation rentals and AirBNB, all offering rooms that are supposed to be clean, well-maintained and safe to stay in. Unfortunately, some guests discover that just because a hotel promises something does not mean that it will deliver. Some of these guests become bed bug bite victims, suffering painful injuries and possibly even taking home their attackers to infest their own bedrooms resulting in Tampa hotel bed bug injuries.
Your visit to Tampa was not supposed to go this way. We want you to know that you may be able to take legal action against the hotel if it was responsible for your injuries. Please read on to learn more about making a bed bug injury claim against a Tampa hotel.
Things You Need to Know About Tampa Hotel Bed Bug Injuries
There are few worse endings to a trip than discovering you have been attacked by bed bugs. Depending on your reaction, the bites could swell considerably, become unbearably itchy, develop infections due to scratched skin, and make it impossible to sleep and more. If you do have a severe reaction, your first step should be to see a doctor. Then you can determine how to take legal action against those responsible.
Successful cases require proof
No matter how upsetting a bed bug attack can be, the court will only consider awarding damages if you can prove that owner or staff negligence contributed to the injuries. Negligence in the case of a hotel bed bug attack can cover a variety of situations. One of the most common is when management or ownership is made aware of the existence of bed bugs but chooses to ignore the problem. If this was the case and you were hurt, then your attorney should be able to prove that your injuries resulted from the hotel failure to act.
Another common form of negligence on the part of hotels is failing to take adequate extermination measures to eliminate bed bugs. These pests are quite hard to kill, and cannot be exterminated using basic insecticides that you would find in the grocery store or hardware store. They require professional extermination, which costs more than the DIY approach. Some hotel owners will learn of an infestation and try to take care of it personally, which does not work properly and can cause the infestation to spread to other rooms or floors of the hotel.
If your bite injuries were the result of ineffective extermination on the part of the hotel owner, you should be able to prove that negligence was a contributing factor to your injuries.
Bed bug lawyers can help
There is no rule that says you must hire an attorney to pursue a claim against a negligent hotel. However, an attorney will make it much more likely that your case will be successful. An experienced bed bug attorney knows how to build the strongest possible case against a hotel. Equally important, an attorney will have good instincts for whether or not your case is strong to even file a claim. You want to know that you have a good chance of winning before you go to the time and effort to take legal action. Our office provides free case evaluations.
Evidence makes your claim stronger
While hiring an attorney is a good idea in your effort to file a successful bed bug claim, you also want to have as much evidence as possible. You can often gather a lot of valuable evidence on your own, just by using the camera on your phone. Download an App that will let you take Time Stamped images to use later. You can take photos of any bed bugs you find in the room, as well as your injuries. These photos will prove useful when your attorney is arguing that your injuries deserve compensation.
We are here to help with your bed bug case in Tampa. Please contact us to discuss your legal options. We are standing by to answer your questions.