Visitor Question

Compensation for hospital visit after allergic reaction to a bug bite?

Submitted By: Camille (New York)

On Friday, October 10th, I was bitten by a bug in my room at an inn, in Fort Lauderdale. I had an allergic reaction to the bite and had to go to the emergency room. I complained to the front desk, but the Manager was out. I tried to speak to the Manager again on numerous occasions but he was not available.

I did speak to an employee at the desk, and even showed her my injuries, but no one came to inspect the room or to speak to me. We did complain that there were ants in the room the day before I was bitten, and one guy came with a can of bug spray and sprayed along the walls and around the pictures.

We checked out on Monday, October 13th, but the Manager again was not in. The employee at the desk informed us that an inspection had to be done before there could be any resolution. But an inspection was to take place after we left the room.

I have pictures of my injuries, my sisters as witnesses, and I have papers from my hospital visits. Do I have a case? What can I do about this? Thank you.

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Answer

Dear Camille,

While technically you have the basis of a personal injury claim, proving your claim will be difficult. While the manager’s failure to communicate with you certainly appears to have been unprofessional, that unprofessionalism in itself will not support your injury claim.

To have the basis of a viable injury claim against the hotel, you will have to link the injury to your stay at the hotel. In this regard, your action of informing the front desk at the time of injury was important. It’s good you have witnesses, but since they are related their testimony will be seen as weak.

Next, you will need a doctor to confirm in writing the type of injury you sustained and link it to your stay at the hotel. Your emergency room hospital records will help in this regard.

If you are able to negotiate a settlement with the hotel’s insurance company, you can expect that settlement to be about 1 – 3 times the amount of your medical bills. That multiple is used frequently by attorneys and insurance companies in minor injury claims.

The amount you settle for will be meant to cover your medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses for medications, lost wages (if any), and your pain and suffering.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: October 16, 2014

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