How do you know that your hotel or motel has bed bugs? Unfortunately, many hotels and motels—even those that are highly rated—have had bed bug incidents in the past. Bed bugs are common in hotels and motels; the constant influx of guests makes hotel/motel rooms hotspots for bed bug infestations. Looking for bed bugs in hotels before staying in the room could prevent you and your family from suffering extensive harm. However, you might find yourself looking for bed bugs in hotels after you have been bitten.
You might also find yourself looking for legal advice in terms of pursuing a lawsuit against the hotel that exposed you to bed bugs. If so, you might benefit from contacting Bed Bug Legal Group. Bed Bug Legal Group is a personal injury law firm dedicated to representing victims of bed bug infestations—victims who have been unknowingly exposed to bed bug infestations. The bed bug attorneys at Bed Bug Legal Group have many years of experience handling bed bug claims and helping victims recover the compensation that they deserve. If you would like to discuss your claim with our lawyers, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience.
About Bed Bugs in Hotels
Bed bugs are small, nocturnal insects that feed on human blood. They hide in the smallest of crevices in mattresses, furniture, and even walls. Curtains are another place where bed bugs could hide. In general, bed bugs could hide anywhere that provides them with cover both on the top and bottom of their small bodies. As mentioned, bed bugs are nocturnal; they only come out to feed on unsuspecting victims during the night—when their victims are sleeping. Bed bugs are some of the most resilient types of pests. They could survive more than one year without eating, and they are often resistant to generic treatments. Because of that, bed bug infestations in hotels and motels usually require extensive extermination treatment from professionals.
The Possible Harm caused by Bed Bugs in Hotels
If you spot bed bugs in your hotel room, you might immediately think of all the harm in which bed bug infestations could result. Depending on the size of the bed bug infestation, exposure could result in some of the following: bed bug bites, allergic reactions, skin infections, scarring, and a number of mental/emotional afflictions. In addition to physical, mental, and emotional harm to those exposed to bed bug infestation, exposure at hotels could follow unsuspecting victims into their homes.
How to Identify Bed Bugs
If you suffered some discomfort during your stay at a hotel, you might suspect that the hotel room was infested with bed bugs. Ideally, hotel guests would thoroughly check for bed bugs before staying in the room. However, the majority of people trust that their hotel rooms are free of bed burg infestations. After suspecting the presence of bed bugs in your room, you might have concerns about how to check a hotel for bed bugs—as how to check a hotel or motel for bed bugs is essential for both avoiding exposure and gathering evidence after exposure.
Consider the following tips:
- Find out whether your motel room has had bed bugs in the past. Motel/hotel managers and owners should provide you with this information upon your request.
- Look for bed bugs all over the room. Thoroughly check the perimeter of the bed and inspect each sheet thoroughly.
- Check the nightstands, headboard, mattresses, box springs, and furniture that might provide bed bugs with a hiding spot.
- If necessary, use a flashlight or magnifier to check your motel room for bed bugs.
- Before you leave the hotel and before you enter your home, visually inspect luggage for bed bugs.
- If you find bed bugs or blood stains that prove that bed bugs were present, take photographs.
- If you identify welts from their bites, you should also take photographs.
Because bed bugs are such small insects, it could be very difficult for people to identify infestations. If you suspect that your hotel might be infested with bed bugs, it is essential that you take action to find the bed bugs and report the infestation to the hotel/motel owner. For more information about what you could do to ensure that you find bed bugs, seek professional guidance as soon as possible.
Liability for Bed Bugs in Hotels
If you look for bed bugs in your hotel room and find an infestation, you might be wondering about who could be held liable. Is hotel management liable? Could the hotel owner be liable? Based on common law, hotel owners/managers must promote the health and safety of their guests. When they become aware of a bed bug infestation, they must act promptly to ensure that their guests are not harmed. To promote the safety of their guests they might exterminate, disinfect, or temporarily stop using the room, for example. If hotel owners/managers fail to act to prevent you from being harmed, they could be liable.
Your Right to Pursue a Bed Bug Injury Claim and Receive Compensation
If the hotel owner was liable for the harm that you suffered, you could pursue a bed bug injury claim. Your claim would be based on negligence. If your claim reaches a successful outcome, you could likely be compensation for the damages directly caused by the bed bug infestation.
The type and amount of compensation that you could receive if your bed bug claim reaches a successful outcome depends on the details of your claim. In general, claimants pursuing bed bug injury claims are eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost income, emotional/mental distress, property damage, and punitive damages, for example. Regardless of the specific type and amount of compensation that you are eligible to receive, you could be certain that the knowledgeable attorneys at Bed Bug Legal Group are ready to provide you with the legal assistance that you need to sue the hotel/motel and receive the compensation that you deserve.
If you suffer bed bug bites, you must detect the bed bugs and collect evidence of the infestation; because of that, how to detect bed bugs in a hotel room is essential. In addition to collecting picture evidence, you could also benefit from collecting a small sample of the insects to confirm whether they are bed bugs. You must also notify the hotel of the bed bug infestation. When you report the infestation, you must make sure it is via a written report. You should also seek medical assistance for your injuries and legal assistance to learn more about your right to pursue a claim and receive compensation.
Contact Bed Bug Legal Group
If you were exposed to a bed bug infestation in a hotel or motel, it is likely that you are interested in pursuing a bed bug claim. Unfortunately, hotel guests often do not identify bed bug infestations until it is too late, and they suffer injuries. If you would like to learn about your right to pursue a claim after being bitten by bed bugs, you must seek legal assistance with the experts at Bed Bug Legal Group. Our bed bug lawyers have many years of experience handling bed bug claims and representing injured victims. If you suffered bed bug bites in a hotel, you must contact our law firm today and request to schedule a free consultation or free second opinion. Our attorneys will answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to pursue a successful bed bug claim. Our free consultations and free second opinions are available through our Zero-Fee guarantee, which ensures that you will never have to worry about having to pay any upfront legal fees. Because our firm is also based on contingency, you will not have to pay anything until your claim is successful. If you would like to discuss your claim with our lawyers, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.