11/05/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

New York, NY—A Michigan couple who claim they had to evacuate their house for six weeks after they brought home bedbugs from New York’s famed Waldorf-Astoria hotel, have filed a lawsuit against the Hilton Worldwide chain, claiming emotional and financial damages, as reported by MSNBC.

Christine Drabicki and her husband, David, stayed at the Waldorf-Astoria from May 24-27, and awoke with bedbug bites after staying one night. The hotel changed their room, but failed to tell them that their luggage could be infected with the parasite.

The couple returned home, and brought home an unwelcomed hitchhiker with them, the bedbugs. The lawsuit claims the bugs infiltrated their two daughter’s room, causing one of them to suffer a severe allergic reaction.

The family was required to evacuate their home for six weeks while it was being exterminated, costing the family $4,500. In addition, about 1,000 pounds of clothing had to disinfected, with many of them being thrown away.

The lawsuit is seeing unspecified amount for “reasonable compensation,” in addition to compensation for emotional distress.

A Hilton World Wide spokesman said the room tested negative for bedbugs.

“The initial room, and the room the family relocated to, both tested negative,” the statement said. “Official inspection reports indicated no evidence or indication of bedbugs. The Waldorf-Astoria take allegations of bedbugs very seriously as the safety and well-being of our guests is of paramount importance.”

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