Bed Bugs in Hotels
Finding bed bugs in your hotel can be scary, but help is available.
Most people look forward to getting away from it all by heading out of town on vacation for a precious week or two each year. Universally looked forward to as a time to unwind, relax and focus on having fun, few things can mar such a pleasant time in your life than learning that the hotel you stayed at was also hosting a bed bug infestation.
Unfortunately, the incidences of bed bug infestations in the United States are becoming more common. This does not mean that you have to suffer in silence as you watch your vacation -- and often its aftermath -- dissolve from one of fun and happiness to miserable and despair.
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Considerations When Thinking About a Hotel's Bed Bugs Compensation
For example, in addition to the physical discomfort associated with the itching the pests cause, there is also the emotional turmoil that staying in a hotel with bed bugs often brings. There is the embarrassment that the intense itching can cause as well as the discomfort of having to explain yourself to your doctor's office front desk personnel. If you are like many people, you are disappointed and saddened by the turn of events that caused your vacation to be ruined.
The financial aspects of this bed bug infestation in the hotel go beyond your costs for medical care and any medications that are necessary to stop the bed bugs. While the hotel might offer to accommodate you by moving you to another hotel room or by upgrading your experience, it might be difficult for you to stay on the premises once you've experienced bed bugs there. Packing up your entire family and moving to another hotel is likely to give you some much-needed peace, but doing so will also mean that you'll have an added financial responsibility.
Found Bedbugs in Your Hotel? Now What?
When you check into a hotel, you expect it to have a certain level of cleanliness and sanitation. When those expectations are not only not met, but result in a bed bug infestation, then it's possible that you could have a case for compensation. If you're like many people, you might think that staying in a high-end hotel would result in a better quality experience. While that might be true in some cases, it doesn't rule out the possibility that even a more expensive hotel can have a bed bug infestation.
In spite of the fact that there are certain cleanliness routines that are supposed to be followed, it's evident that this is not always the case -- even when the hotel is a high-end one. There are some tell-tale signs that a particular hotel has bed bugs, but they are often difficult to pinpoint. When you stay at a hotel, the last thing that you probably think about looking for is a bed bug infestation. You expect the hotel to not be negligent when it comes to its responsibilities for cleanliness and guest care.
When you arrive at your hotel, it's a good idea to do a thorough inspection of your room. Instead of looking for those amenities that can add to your experience, however, you're searching for any signs of bed bugs. Be on the lookout for tiny blood stains on the pillowcases or the sheets. You might also see rust-colored spots on the bedding. These could indicate the presence of bed bug excrement. A musty odor could also be the result of a bed bug infestation.
Hotel Bed Bug Compensation
If you miss the signs of a bed bug infestation, don't blame yourself. It's actually not your responsibility to ensure that the hotel you're staying at is not being negligent in terms of cleanliness.
Like many other types of cases, the types of compensation that you could be awarded extend beyond what might be obvious. For example, in addition to medical expenses as well as pain and suffering, you could be entitled to payment for lost wages if you need to be out of work because of the bed bug bites and/or any side effects from them.
In order to protect yourself and to receive the compensation you deserve, it's in your best interests to contact a lawyer who has experience with cases of bed bug infestation. For the best results, reach out to an attorney and schedule a free consultation as quickly as possible after you return from your trip.