If I was bitten by bed bugs in a hotel and got a staph infection from scratching which resulted in my getting scars, do I have a case?

I located the bed bugs and have pictures.

Asked on April 9, 2015 under Personal Injury, Tennessee


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You *may* have a case:

1) You'd have to prove negligence, or that the hotel was unreasonably careless. To show this, you'd have to prove that they did not properly clean and/or extirminate, and that's why there were bedbugs. The fact that there were bedbugs does not, without more, make them liable--for example, the prior guest could have brought them in with his/her luggage and clothing and if no one reported them after that, the hotel would not have known to take action. For liability, the hotel must have done something wrong.

2) You'd have to prove causation--that the bug bites led to the infection; this would require medical testimony.

3) If the scars are very small, then you probably could not recover enough money to make a lawsuit worthwhile.

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