Douglas M. Schmidt, APLC
Bed Bug Lawyer of the Gulf Coast
Bed bug bites have specific characteristics that make them easier to identify, and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAOD) has explained that bed bugs typically bite several times to form visible welts that itch.
Following a bed bug attack it is most important to obtain evidence that the bed bugs were in the hotel room. If possible, the following steps should be taken following a bed bug attack at a hotel:
1) Capture and save the actual bed bug or bed bugs
2) Take pictures of the actual bed bug(s)
3) Take pictures of any fecal droppings (black spots in specific areas), blood stains on sheets (they may not be red), or bedbug skin that has been shed
4) Notify the hotel immediately and have a report documented. Demand a copy of the report and do not sign anything that the Hotel may attempt to give you. The hotel may attempt to immediately get you to sign a release, which would waive your right to seek any compensation.
5) Take pictures of your hotel room.
6) Seek immediate medical attention at a hospital or doctor.
7) Demand to have your hotel room changed immediately.
8) Take pictures on a daily basis of ALL the bed bug bites that you incurred until they are gone
9) Ask for the name of the person that last cleaned your room and the manager on duty
10) Ask for the name of the person the hotel sends to inspect your hotel
11) Save any receipts or dated proof of payment that you actually stayed at the hotel
12) Do not bring any clothes, suitcases or anything else that was with you at the hotel into your home or car until it has been properly treated for bed bugs. Bed bugs spread easily and you don’t want to have an infestation in your home.