You may have been hearing more and more stories about bed bugs. Many of those stories come from people who have been bitten were probably staying at a hotel at the time. In many cases, those bed bugs weren’t in unclean, unkept filthy rooms as you might expect. It’s actually quite the opposite. Many people experience bed bug bites in high end hotels who charge premium rates because they are seemingly committed to providing a premium experience. Who would ever think that bed bugs would be joining them on their stay?
Can Bed Bug Bites Make You Sick?
Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has to say about bed bug bites:
“Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection….”
Regarding health risks, the CDC says,
“A bed bug bite affects each person differently. Bite responses can range from an absence of any physical signs of the bite, to a small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction. Bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.”
What Happens When You Get Bed Bug Bites?
For many people, they cozy up in their hotel room bed for the night, only to be awakened by a pinch like pain on some area of their body. They scramble to get out of bed quickly to find out what caused the pain and, if they’re lucky enough to see it, there it is: a bed bug making its way across the plush down comforter and pristine white sheets they had settled into just hours before.
For others, they might have no clue that bed bugs are feasting on them while they sleep and awaken the next morning to welts in various areas on their body. For some people, the bites are limited to one area, like an arm or a leg or their stomach. For others? Those bites are widespread, causing swollen welts from head to toe – and yes – even on their face.
Ask anyone who has ever been bitten and they’ll tell you: the experience is traumatic in ways. However, it is imperative that you take some simple steps in the midst of your discomfort if you are ever bitten by a bed bug in a hotel or motel.
Step 1: Get pictures and/or video
Grab your phone and get some video of those bed bugs. Make sure you show the entire room in your footage, as well as close ups of the bugs so there’s no question about the authenticity of your footage and where this event occured. There may also be drops of old or fresh blood that are visible on the sheets or bedding…. as vile as that may sound, get pictures of that too. It may be on the mattress as well, so pull back the sheets to check. If it’s old blood, there will be rust colored spots on the mattress. Try to get that picture as well.
Step 2: Contact hotel staff immediately
They need to know that their hotel has a bed bug problem. Take note of your interaction and how staff responded to your experience.
Step 3: Take pictures and/or video of your bed bug bites
Even if its just one bite, you need proof that you’ve been bitten. This is one of best ways to do it.
Step 4: Seek treatment
Get to a dermatologist or urgent care facility to have someone with a medical background look at your bed bug bites. The benefits are wide ranging when you take this extra step. Not only do you get a professional opinion from a health perspective, but you may also have peace of mind in knowing you’ve been seen by medical staff, and we, your Bed Bug Lawyers, can use those medical records in the claims filing proceedings.
Bed Bug Lawyer
If you have been bitten by a bed bug, don’t hesitate to call us here at The Lapidus Law Firm. We have 40 years of experience and the favorable outcomes for our clients include both settlements and verdicts for our clients. Call us today so we can get started. In Maryland, we can be reached at (301) 852-7500 and in Washington, DC, reach out to your bed bug lawyers at (202) 785-5111.