If you are staying at a hotel for business or pleasure or at a family member’s or friend’s home in Henderson, there are ways that you can injure yourself other than a slip and fall accident. Unfortunately, you could suffer serious injuries and psychological trauma if your accommodations are infested with bedbugs. In addition, if you are not careful, you could take bedbugs homes with you unknowingly on your clothes or in your luggage.
When Can a Hotel Be Held Liable for Bedbug Bite Injuries?
Hotel and other property owners have a duty to maintain their properties and regularly inspect for infestations of insects and other vermin—including bedbugs. Signs that your room is infested with bedbugs include:
- Black or brown stains or mounds
- White eggs
- Skin shed by bedbugs
- Dead bedbugs
In order to hold the hotel or property owner liable for compensating you for your injuries, you must prove their negligence. Basically, you must establish that the owner had a duty to you, that this duty was breached, and that you suffered injuries as a result of the owner’s negligence. In bedbug cases, a hotel or other owner can breach their duty to you by failing to conduct reasonable inspections, failing to take corrective actions if they knew or should have known of the existence of bedbugs, or other negligent actions. If you can establish this, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and property damages.
Injuries You Could Suffer If Bedbugs Bite You
Being bitten by bedbugs can be much worse than being bitten by other pests like mosquitos or fleas. You could suffer serious long-term injuries. These can include:
- Skin rashes, blisters, or small bumps on your skin
- Uncontrollable itching that can last for days or weeks
- Permanent scars
- Other allergic reactions to the bites
- Emotional distress and emotional anguish, which could require counseling
- Difficulty sleeping
- Problems with breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Swelling of the tongue
Contact Us If Bedbugs Bit You at a Hotel or Other Property
If you were injured due to a bedbug infestation in your hotel or while at another property in Henderson, you need to notify the hotel manager or property owner immediately and document any evidence of the bedbugs and your injuries. You should also consult with an experienced premises liability attorney in Henderson as soon as possible.
At Jones Wilson, LLP, we can help you build a strong case against the hotel or other negligent party and will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve. We represent out-of-town guests as well as residents in the Henderson and Las Vegas area. Contact us online or call our office directly at 702.405.6000 to schedule your free consultation.