Bed Bugs are enjoying a spot in the limelight not only between the sheets but in cases pursued by unsuspecting members of the public who have been bitten by Bed Bugs whilst enjoying a package holiday.
Bed Bugs are nocturnal creatures that feed on human blood and love a warm environment. They are also not put off by high standards of cleanliness!
Bites from these creatures can cause symptoms of aching and can cause a general feeling of being unwell, in addition to the bites themselves which can become infected as well as itch and be unsightly and leave minor blemishes and scarring . The bites may also exacerbate a pre-existing medical condition.
Bites are generally numerous and all over the body.
Of particular concern is the growing number of reported bed bug related personal injury cases that have arisen whilst people are trying to enjoy their holiday abroad. Bott and Co have experience in handling such cases.
Under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992, a claim arising from injuries sustained as a result of bed bug bites can be brought against a travel company who supply a package holiday to you.
Bott and Co have successfully recovered compensation for holiday makers who have become victims of bed bugs bites.
In one case the hotel aware of the bed bug issue still allowed rooms to be allocated to guests. The claim was brought against the hotel on the basis of negligence and improper/ non-performance of the management and housekeeping who did not control and remove the infestation in the room where the clients were residents.
Suppliers of that package holiday paid compensation for the injuries suffered to the Clients. Under the Regulations liability is imposed on the supplier even where the improper / non-performance was performed by others. The safety standards have to be considered as relevant safety standards that operate in the country in question and whilst this may cause problems in pursuing other types of injury claims under the Regulations it should pose little concern for the majority of foreign package holidays where bed bugs are an issue.
In addition to a claim for personal injuries sustained you will be able to claim compensation for any expenses such as medication costs and prescriptions along with, travelling expenses, doctor’s fees at resort and even claiming back the cost of a ruined holiday.
On more than one occasion we have even managed to recoup for clients the total cost of a holiday that was ruined as a result of the bed bug bite incidents.
If you are able to provide a record of the complaint made in resort ideally to hotel management as well as to your holiday representative, photos of the bites and any photographic evidence of the insects, have a diagnosis from a doctor confirming that you have been a bedbug bite victim and retain evidence supporting the purchase of the package holiday Bott and Co will be happy to assist you in a “bed bug claim”.