Were You Exposed To Bed Bugs While Staying At A New York Hotel?

People, at one point or another, will travel for different reasons. Some people travel for work. Some people travel to visit family. Some people travel to go on vacation. In most cases, the person will stay at a hotel during their trip. The last thing that you would expect is that you will be in a hotel is to be placed in a room that is infested with bed bugs. The bed bugs may bite you during your stay or, even worse, they could get into your luggage and you unknowingly bring them home with you. If you have been the victim of being exposed to bed bugs while staying at a hotel, contact one of the New York Bed Bug Attorneys at the The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C. We can assist with your case with the hotel in question.

Bed bugs are a growing problem in all throughout the United States. Unfortunately, even when people go on vacation, this harmful issue can affect them. If you encountered bed bugs at a hotel, you are not at the mercy of the hotel. A reliable and trustworthy bed bug lawyer can help.

Common Causes of Bed Bugs in Hotels

Bed bugs can appear anywhere—from a five-star hotel to a motel you stay at during a road trip. That is the unfortunate truth: bed bugs can be anywhere, so it is important resort staff and maintenance workers stay vigilant with bed bug inspections and proactive pest control measures.

Patrons and guests of hotels should feel safe, and without regular upkeep to provide clean and sanitary rooms at the hotel, bed bugs at a hotel can take over quickly. When this happens, it means the hotel has been negligent and should be held responsible for victims’ pain and suffering.

If you have been affected by bed bugs while staying at a hotel, you may be entitled to recover compensation related to your injuries, out of pocket expenses, and pain and suffering caused by the resort’s negligence.

Important Steps To Take Following a Bed Bug Attack at a Hotel

If you have been bit by bed bugs at a hotel our New York Bed Bug Attorneys can help you to obtain compensation for any injuries you suffered. Following a bed bug attack it is most important to obtain evidence that the bed bugs were actually in the hotel room. If possible the following steps should be taken following a bed bug attack at a hotel:

  • Capture and save the actual bed bug or bed bugs (If possible keep the bed bugs separate because they can eat each other)
  • Take photographs of the actual bed bug(s) in your hotel room
  • Take photographs 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
  • Notify the hotel management immediately and have your incident 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.
  • Take photographs of your hotel room.
  • Seek immediate medical attention at a hospital or doctor.
  • Demand to have hotel management change your hotel room immediately.
  • Take photographs on a daily basis of ALL the bed bug bites that you incurred until they are gone.
  • Ask for the name of the person that last cleaned your room and the manager on duty.
  • Ask for the name of the person the hotel sends to inspect your hotel room.
  • Save any receipts that show that you actually stayed at the hotel.
  • 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.

Types of Compensation Available for Cases of Bed Bugs in Hotel

If you experienced bed bugs while staying a hotel, there are a number of things you can be compensated for. Beyond pain related to the bites themselves and the medical bills associated with treatment, compensation may also include property damage for items that needed to be replaced due to infestation, as well as property discarded to avoid bringing the bed bugs home. If you unknowingly brought bed bugs to your home, you may be entitled to compensation for out of pocket expenses for have to retain an exterminator to treat your home for bed bugs.

Other compensation that has been recovered from other cases related to bed bugs at a hotel include:

  • Lost wages due to missed work from side effects of bed bug bites
  • The cost of ruined or cut-short vacations and trips
  • Compensation for permanent scarring/disfigurement from bites
  • Emotional distress and constant fear of bed bugs after being bitten
  • Pain and suffering
  • Health and medical expenses
  • Property damages
  • Punitive damages
  • Temporary lodging
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Loss of wages due to missed work from side effects of bed bug bites

You deserve to be compensated properly for your injuries, inconvenience, and distress. If a hotel is resistant to providing reasonable compensation, the bed bug lawyers at The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C., can be of great assistance.

We will not hesitate to file suit if it is in your best interest of the victim, and you will have a greater chance of obtaining compensation when you have an experienced bed bug lawyer by your side.

Why Work With The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C.?

At The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C., we have been helping victims and people who have been affected by bed bugs, and we are dedicated to fighting for the compensation you deserve. Bed bugs are a serious issue, and our experience and commitment make us the trusted source for legal help relating to bed bugs in hotels.

Contact a New York Bed Bug Attorney at The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C. to discuss your case. The New York Bed Bug Attorneys at The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C. offer free initial consultations to discuss your rights. You can contact us at 646-504-7384 or via email to learn more about your rights so that we can obtain the best outcome for you.

The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C.

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New York, New York 10010

(646) 504-7384

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The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C. is very pleased to announce that we are expanding our practice areas to include personal injury, including bodily injury, motor vehicle accidents , premises liability, and bed bugs.

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What Is Cerebral Palsy?

According to the CDC, cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move, maintain balance and posture. Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. Cerebral Palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.

Children who have cerebral palsy may exhibit numerous symptoms, including:

  • Lack of muscle coordination
  • Tight or stiff muscles
  • Differences in muscle tone
  • Weakness in the arms or legs
  • Shaking or other involuntary movements
  • Difficulty with precise movements such as writing
  • Difficulty with swallowing or speaking
  • Abnormal reflexes

There are several types of cerebral palsy that are characterized by the location of the brain injury. The symptoms for cerebral palsy can vary depending on where and how badly the brain was damaged.

The types of cerebral palsy include:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy: This is most common type of cerebral palsy, caused by damage to the motor cortex or pyramidal tracts and characterized by tight muscles and jerking movements. According to the CDC, this type of cerebral palsy accounts for 80% of the cerebral palsy cases. People with spastic cerebral palsy have increased muscle tone, which means that their muscles are stiff and, as a result, their movements can be awkward.
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy: This type is caused by cerebellum damage resulting in issues with motor control, balance, and movement. People with ataxic cerebral might be unsteady when they are walking. They may also have a difficult time with quick movements or movements that need a lot of body control. They might have a hard time controlling their hands or arms when they reach for something.
  • Athetoid/dyskinetic cerebral palsy: This type is caused by damage to the basal ganglia and/or cerebellum. People with dyskinetic cerebral palsy have problems controlling the movement of their hands, arms, feet, and legs, which can make it very difficult to sit and walk. The movements are uncontrollable and can be slow and writhing or rapid and jerky. In some instances the face and tongue are affected and the person has a hard time sucking, swallowing, and talking.
  • Mixed cerebral palsy: This type of cerebral palsy occurs within a person who suffers from more than one type of cerebral palsy.
  • Hypotonic cerebral palsy: This is a rare type of cerebral palsy that is caused by cerebellum damage. This type of cerebral palsy is characterized by floppy muscles, excess flexibility, and poor mobility.

Causes Of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the fetal or infant brain.

  • The most common causes for cerebral palsy include:
  • Bacterial and viral infections such as meningitis
  • Bleeding in the brain (hemorrhaging)
  • Head injuries sustained during birth or within the first few years of infancy
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain (asphyxia) before, during, or after birth

Cerebral Palsy As A Result of Medical Malpractice

Some children develop cerebral palsy as the result of a birth injury caused by medical malpractice or negligence. Below are some of the common causes of cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice:

  • Avoidable birth complications – Oxygen deprivation is often considered the primary cause of cerebral palsy. This can happen because of complications during childbirth, such as uterine rupture or umbilical cord prolapse. The use of too much force during delivery or improper use of birth tools can also cause cerebral palsy.
  • Failure to perform a Cesarean section – A Cesarean section is a common surgery used to deliver a child when natural childbirth could endanger the mother and/or child. Roughly one quarter of all births result in a Cesarean section. This procedure is performed in instances where the baby is presenting in an abnormal position or expressing fetal distress, or when there is not enough room for the baby to go through the birth canal. The medical professionals who are delivering your baby should be able to take quick action to perform a Cesarean section when then need for one rises. The failure to timely performs a Cesarean section may result in serious birth injury to the child, including brain damage and cerebral palsy due to oxygen deprivation.
  • Delayed Cesarean section – Proper fetal monitoring can reveal indications of fetal distress, which can lead to brain damage and cerebral palsy. This may be avoided by a Cesarean section, and the delivering physician needs to consider using it.
  • Lack of emergency preparedness in the delivery room – Hospitals and doctors are required to maintain adequate procedures to handle emergencies during the care of the mother and/or delivery of the baby. In the event something drastic or unexpected occurs, permanent brain damage leading to cerebral palsy may result.
  • Failure to detect early warning signs – Genetics and environmental factors can lead to abnormal brain development, which in turn can cause cerebral palsy. However, there are screening methods a physician can use to detect these and other warning signs.
  • Post-birth complications – These include brain trauma, infections, oxygen deprivation, and more. A physician or nurse who fails to properly monitor a child could be liable for such problems.

Cerebral palsy is birth injury that is not reversible. This condition will likely endure for a lifetime of the child. Dealing with a child who has cerebral palsy is very difficult on a family both mentally and financially. Families will likely incur significant medical expenses for treatment and other adaptations to assist the injured child with daily activities.

Altogether, a birth injury claim can recover compensation for:

  • Medical costs of a child and a mother’s injuries
  • Future medical expenses, including long-term care for a child’s injuries (which includes enrolling in New York State Medical Indemnity Fund), medical equipment, modifications to a home and vehicle, physical and cognitive therapy, and other expenses
  • A Life Care Plan
  • Lost wages of the parents, if they have to take time off work to take care of the child
  • Lost earning potential of the child
  • Pain and suffering of the child
  • Mental anguish of the child
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disability

The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C. New York Birth Injury Attorneys

If you believe your child’s birth injury was the result of medical malpractice, please contact our firm to discuss your case. The New York Birth Injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C. are dedicated to helping children and their families affected by medical negligence recover for their losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C. today at (646) 504-7384. If you would prefer to reach us via email, you can email us at effie@soterlawpc.com.

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