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Dirty Needles Found in Motel Bed, Man Claims

HOUSTON (CN) - While staying at a Super 8 Motel in Baytown, Texas, a business traveler "reclined back onto the bed and was pierced in his back by a dirty, used hypodermic needle," Douglas Hodge claims in Harris County Court. He says he pulled back the covers and "found several used hypodermic needles, used alcohol swabs and papers."

Hodge claims he immediately went to the motel's front desk, and the front-desk clerk called 911 and began swabbing him with alcohol swabs.

He was taken to San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, where he underwent several blood tests and was given antibiotics, the lawsuit claims.

He adds that he had to undergo "several series" of blood tests for HIV and hepatitis over the next year.

He is suing AJAS Inc., Super 8 Motels Inc. and Super 8 Motels Worldwide for allegedly failing to properly clean, inspect and change the bedding in his motel room.

He demands actual and punitive damages, and is represented by Mark Underwood with Underwood & Proctor.

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