Client Bitten by Bed Bugs at a Daytona Beach Hotel Obtains Settlement
Author: Attorney Craig Dell
Our client Mr. J vacationed with his wife at a hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida. Mr. J arrived and checked in the hotel late in the evening. While pulling the comforter down on the bed Mrs. J observed a bug come out of one of the pillows, she thought nothing of it and went to bed. The next morning, Mr. J observed small blood stains on his side of the bed. Then, Mrs. J inspected his body for cuts, but did not find anything. Mrs. J then called housekeeping to come to the room. When housekeeping arrived Mrs. J showed the housekeeper the blood spots and requested the sheets be changed.
The next morning, Mr. J woke up and once again noticed little blood spots on his side of the bed. Mr. J contacted the housekeeping department, made another complaint and told hotel personnel he believed bed bugs were present in the room. The hotel denied any knowledge about having bed bugs at their property and moved Mr. and Mrs. J to another room.
Several days later, Mr. J checked out of the hotel. On the drive home back to North Carolina, Mr. J noticed multiple bites on his body that began to itch. The next evening, Mr. J had bites on his entire body that itched intensely. Two days later, Mr. J decided to seek medical attention for his bites with a local dermatologist. Mr. J entered the dermatologist’s office with complaints of bites, irritation and itching on his body. The doctor performed a physical evaluation and diagnosed Mr. J with bed bug bites; urticarial papules on his back; papules on his chest, breast, axillae, and abdomen; erythematous papules on his right upper extremity; erythematous papules on his upper left extremity; and popular urticarial due to bite reaction. As part of Mr. J’s medical treatment, the doctor prescribed multiple oral antibiotics and topical creams to be used daily to treat his bites.
After leaving the Doctor’s office, Mr. J called Mrs. J to confirm his bites were cause by bed bugs. Then, Mr. J immediately called the hotel and demanded to speak with the manager. Mr. J told the manager that his bites were caused by bed bugs and demanded compensation. The hotel manager admitted to Mr. J bed bugs were found in his room. Furthermore, the manager informed Mr. J that another guest stayed in the room after Mr. J left and complained to management about being attacked by bed bugs. There was no dispute that signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation were present in Mr. J’s room.
Mr. J hired a professional exterminator to come out to his home and conduct an inspection for bed bugs, in fear that he may have brought them home with him. The exterminator inspected Mr. J’s home and made a positive finding of bed bugs in the home. Per the instruction of the exterminator Mr. and Mrs. J discarded all of their belongings they brought with them on their trip and agreed to pay $550 to have their home treated for bed bugs. Due to the intense itching and embarrassment, Mr. J missed two days from work. Mr. J demanded that the hotel reimburse him for all of his out of pocket expenses, lost wages, hotel stay, property damage and pain and suffering. The hotel made Mr. J a minimal offer and that is when he contacted our bed bug lawyers.
Our bed bug attorneys immediately filed an injury claim against the hotel and their insurance carrier. Our firm demanded monetary damages for bodily injury, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, mental anguish, property damage, past and future medical expenses.
After lengthy negotiations, our bed bug lawyers resolved the case. Our client was thrilled with the large recovery and that our firm went the extra mile for him. Everyone reading this article must understand that simply because a hotel denies knowledge of bed bugs at first and then makes a minimal offer to resolve your claim, does not mean you have to accept their offer without first consulting a lawyer.
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