A woman staying at a Courtyard by Marriort close to the Miami International Airport awoke to bed bug bites on her face and body last week and has since hired an attorney to review her options. According to the woman, there were very large bed bug all over the bed that could be easily collected in a glass as proof of her bed bug encounter. Pictures were taken of the bites and one bite around her left eye caused great swelling making it difficult to open her eye.
Given the bed bugs were very large and mature, I would guess that the bed bugs had been there for quite some time. I’m not an attorney, but I’m guessing the question of negligence would be determined by one question. Did the hotel know there were bed bugs in the room and if they did, were they taking adequit steps to treat the room?
To remain profitable, hotels are renting out rooms with bed bugs even though they know they are present. Even if the room has been treated, it normally takes at least one follow up treatment to ensure hatched eggs after the first treatment are treated. Bed bugs are difficult for hotels to deal with as a frequent turnover of guests are constantly exposing the rooms to bed bugs. I feel bad not only for the guest, but also for the hotels whose situation is getting worse every year and may even cause some hotels to have to close due to the high cost of bed bugs.