My Hotel Had Bed Bugs - Can I Sue For Personal Injury?

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My Hotel Had Bed Bugs - Can I Sue For Personal Injury?

 If you had a bad experience when staying at a hotel, you might be entitled to substantial financial compensation. Then again, you might not. A hotel with bed bugs isn’t necessarily grounds for a personal injury suit all by itself.

 You need to prove two things: first, that the hotel in question had knowledge of the infestation and chose to do nothing about it. This can be extremely difficult to prove, and you’ll likely need the assistance of an experienced attorney to help you do it. Second, you need proof that you sustained an injury. This injury can be physical, emotional, psychological, or some combination of the three.

 Sounds simple enough, but did you gather the necessary proof during your stay? Let’s find out.

 How fast you recovered from any injuries sustained and your mental state during this process are important factors in determining the level of compensation to which you are entitled. Because of this, it’s important that you do two things:

  1. Photograph any bites sustained. The worse the reaction to any bed bug bites, the more compensation you’re likely to receive if and when you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit. On top of this, you should track your progress photographically. Take pictures throughout day one. Take pictures before and after treatment. Then, take pictures each day until you’ve fully recovered.
  2. Make a journal of your thoughts and feelings. It may seem silly, but many people can be unaware of changes to their mental state. How do you feel about what happened? Are you angry? Sad? Do you feel as if you’ve been taken advantage of? Are you fixated on what happened? Ask your friends if they’ve noticed any changes to your behavior. You might be surprised with what they have to say.

 Be mindful of the following:

  • Limit interaction with the infested hotel. Limit contact with the hotel after you check out. Management or opposing representation could use any information you mistakenly provide to dismantle your case before it even begins.
  • Be the perfect patron. It won’t help your case if you make trouble for the hotel. No stealing towels, bathrobes, key cards or anything else. Try not to make a mess. If you were the model patron, but had a terrible experience, there will be fewer distractions from opposing representation when they respond to the details of your case.
  • Lastly, don’t give up. Even if you didn’t gather the aforementioned documentation, talk it over with an experienced attorney. If you suffered a physical or psychological injury, then you deserve to be compensated. An experienced attorney will sit down with you to discuss your case and help you go through the necessary legal procedures.

That about covers it. How did you do? Did you retain and file all bills and documents obtained from the hotel? Did you do the same with any visits to the doctor’s office? Did you photograph and document your injuries in a journal? If you can say yes to all of these questions, then you’ve got the potential for a solid case. Even if you can’t say yes to the questions, it’s important you check with legal representation because you might still be entitled to get compensation.

Randall F. Rogers is a personal injury lawyer that practices in the small suburb of Marietta, outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Originally working at a large firm, he left to work on his own, so he could work closely with individuals and help them seek justice. When not walking to and from the courthouse, he can be seen discussing gardening with the community or reading a book from his favorite author Henry David Thoreau.

 

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