Clients often call our law firm asking where to file a claim for bed bug bites while staying at a Four Seasons. You may not have any idea how to proceed if you were bitten, especially if you did not notice the bites until after you had departed the hotel. It can be a very scary and frustrating experience to suffer through a bed bug infestation at a Four Seasons, and we always recommend taking appropriate legal action if you were injured at the hotel. Our law group, the Bed Bug Legal Group, has been at the forefront of bed bug lawsuits for years, and we know the best tactics to winning your bed bug lawsuit against Four Seasons.
Can I Sue Four Seasons for Bed Bugs?
Yes, you can sue Four Seasons for bed bugs if you can show that you suffered some kind of damages or losses from the infestation. The bugs may have caused you to throw away clothing and luggage because it was infested, or they may have latched on and went home with you, leading to an infestation in your house. It can be very expensive to remove bed bugs and the process may need to be repeated. Our firm can tell you how to file a lawsuit against Four Seasons for bed bugs.
Can You Sue Four Seasons for Bed Bug Bites?
You can file a Four Seasons bed bug lawsuit if you were bitten. This claim can pursue reimbursement for the losses you suffered as a result of the bites that are more damaging than simply being infested. Bites can lead to severe injuries, especially for those who are allergic, and you should always pursue appropriate compensation from the hotel if you were bitten.
Bed Bug Information
It is important that you understand what bed bugs are and what they look like so that you can identify them in the case of an emergency, or better yet, to seek the out prior to saying at a hotel. Bed bugs are very small, only a few millimeters in size, and reddish-brown in color. They have round bodies but are flat; however, upon feasting on a meal of human blood, will engorge and darken in color. Bed bugs can feast once and be satisfied with months, which may cause a large gap between potential incidents within a hotel.
The bugs are nocturnal and do not tend to appear unless it is nighttime. They can be hard to see for that reason, but also due to their size. One of the key identifying features, though, is their odor: it is a musty smell that is slightly sweet.
Bed bug bites appear a few hours or day after the bugs feasted; the bites themselves are small raised red welts that can itch, and if consistently irritated, can turn into sores. Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases despite drinking blood.
If you notice bed bugs in your hotel the day after you stayed in a room, you should consider legal options, especially if you were bitten. We can help you sue Four Seasons for bed bugs if necessary.
Locations of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are often found in places that are not easily accessible but are close to their victims. Common locations include:
- Beneath carpets and rugs
- Behind electrical outlets and picture frames
- Inside drawers
- Underneath dressers
- In mattress covers
- Inside cushions
- Inside upholstery
- Below chairs
- Behind baseboards
- Underneath box springs and bed frames
- In linen bunches and sheets
- Behind headboards
- In small corners of the room
The key signs of bed bugs, besides the odor and the bugs themselves, are what they leave behind. They often shed their exoskeletons as they reach maturity, which can lead to a lot of skin being left in the dark areas. There may also be small eggs shaped like ovals an colored like cream. Beyond the dark places, you may find small brown droppings and blood stains on the sheets.
It is key that you know where to file a claim against Four Seasons for bed bug injuries if you find evidence of the bugs and you were bitten.
Four Seasons Hotel Bed Bug Policy
Four Seasons has a policy that is echoed by other hotels. Namely, that the hotel cannot provide rooms to guests if the rooms are filled with vermin, filth, or infestations of any kind. This is a law that is present in California Civil Code.
You should file a premises liability claim if you were a guest at a Four Seasons and bed bugs bit you. You can show that you were an invitee, or an individual with the highest duty of care owed to him on the property. You must be able to prove that the hotel manager either knew about the bed bugs and did nothing to remove them, caused the bed bugs to appear in the first place, or did not know about the infestation but should have reasonably been aware of it.
Here Is How to File a Bed Bug Claim Against Four Seasons
- Go to the doctor to assess your damage from the bites
- Hold on to medical notes and receipts
- Take pictures of the bites
- Take pictures of the bed bug nests and the creatures themselves
- Get eyewitness statements or other guests’ testimonies if possible
- Interview cleaning crews
- File an incident report with the hotel
- Refrain from telling the hotel about any of the damages until after you have collected your evidence, as the manager will likely try to bar you from re-entering the room or will immediately clean it so that you will not have any worthwhile or useful evidence
- Refuse any offers of free rooms or compensation from the hotel manager, as this can negatively impact your claim
- Contact one of our experienced lawyers for Four Seasons bed bug lawsuits who can tell you how to report a bed bug in a hotel and file your claim for you so that you do not run the risk of losing your lawsuit before it even begins
Compensation from a Four Seasons Bed Bug Lawsuit
The typical hotel bed bug settlement is between $5,000 and $20,000. Victims may not often win a lot of compensation due to the fact that their damages are not that extensive. Even the biggest bed bug lawsuit settlements do not result in more than $100,000 unless there are highly impactful injuries that affected many areas of your life. If you were unable to return to work for some time and you needed to replace a ton of furniture, as well as having to pay a lot of out of pocket expenses for property damage, you could potentially earn compensation the six-figure area. However, that is not common.
Regardless, the statistics do not deter our attorneys. We will always seek to win you the maximum Four Seasons bed bug compensation available, by any means necessary. You may be able to receive the following:
- Medical expenses for hospitalization, medication, future treatments, and more
- Property damage for lost furniture and other broken items
- Reimbursement of vacation fees, exterminator costs, and hotel costs if you needed to stay out of your home while it was fumigated
- Missed income if you could not return to work, as well as future lost wages if you were unable to go to work in the future
- Pain and suffering for emotional trauma, PTSD, anxiety, fear, and more
It may be difficult for you to win the compensation you feel you deserve if you do not have any legal representation. This is why we recommend hiring an expert lawyer to handle your claim for you.
Statute of Limitations on Bed Bug Lawsuits
A bed bug lawsuit is a personal injury claim, which means that, in California, you have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you will be unable to pursue any compensation at all in the future. The statute of limitations is important because it allows individuals to prepare their lawsuits within a reasonable amount of time and prevents claims from dragging out too long or being filed too late.
There are a few exceptions to the statute of limitations, though. For one, if you were underage at the time of the incident, you can wait until you are 18 years old to adhere to the 2-year limit. Further, if the defendant left the state, you could wait until he returns before you file a claim, as the statute will be suspended during his absence.
A big reason why many bed bug lawsuits go unfiled is due to plaintiffs missing the statute of limitations. Speak with our attorneys to ensure that you are within the appropriate time frame to sue.
How We Help
The Bed Bug Legal Group can provide you with a lawyer with experience in Four Seasons bed bug lawsuits. You will not have to worry about an inexperienced lawyer potentially messing up your claim or not winning you what you deserve. We will go to all lengths to win your damages and won’t stop until we are satisfied with the result. If necessary, we will take your case to court to prove that your rights were violated in front of a judge and jury.
Reach out to our firm today for a free legal consultation with an attorney. We will walk you through the legal process and discuss how much you may be able to win. We will also tell you more about our zero fee guarantee, which states that you won’t have to pay any out of pocket expenses for our services. You won’t pay us anything throughout the case. We will only get paid if we win, and the money will come from the settlement we win for you from the hotel’s insurance company.
Don’t wait to file a lawsuit against Four Seasons for bed bug bites. Contact the Bed Bug legal Group today.