After less than two decades in business, Air BNB has become a popular choice when vacationing in California. The state offers over a quarter of a million rental properties for guests to enjoy for a vacation or visit almost any major city or attraction in the region. And renters love staying in an actual home rather than just a plain, bare room in a commercial hotel. So at first glance, Air BNB sounds like a perfect option. However, renters need to understand that all of the items they see as perks in an Air BNB could also be hazards. And sadly, many of those safety issues can result in severe burns that will ruin your trip, cause severe pain, and cost a small fortune in medical bills.
The seasoned Air BNB burn injury lawyers at DTLA Law Group want you to know that you are not alone when facing mounting medical bills and lost wages due to a burn at an Air BNB. Our team of professionals is here to offer a free consultation to discuss the details of your burn injury, how it occurred at the Air BNB, and how the property owner could be liable for your medical expenses and other losses due to the burn injury. Please contact our office today to learn more about all we offer our clients, including our zero-fee guarantee.
Understanding Premises Liability
As you think about the burns you suffered at your Air BNB rental, you could be wondering how premises liability is connected to your mounting medical bills, the money you have lost by missing work, and the other factors adding to your abundant stress. However, it is a vital concept to understand. And one that can provide a ray of hope for your unfortunate situation.
Premises Liability is a legal concept that defines the responsibilities of a property owner. It states that the property owner must maintain the property free of safety hazards. And if a risk is discovered on the property, it must be marked to warn guests of the danger. In the case of your Air BNB rental, the property owner is responsible for maintaining the property and the features the renters will use during their stay in a safe working order.
When you speak to a DTLA Law Group Air BNB burn injury lawyer, you will hear more about the three factors used to determine the property owner’s responsibility to you. The three reasons that the owner could be considered negligent in his duty of care to you and the property include:
- Knowing about an issue but failing to correct it or adequately warn guests about the hazard
- If the property owner caused the safe hazard by neglecting an issue or through a faulty repair of a known hazard
- If the property owner should have known about the issue through regular property inspections but failed to conduct them and therefore failed to discover the safety hazard on the property
The team at DTLA Law Group will help you sort out this information and determine how the owner of the Air BNB you rented was negligent in his duty of care to you and your ability to file a lawsuit.
How Does Duty Of Care Apply To A Burn Injury?
You will be genuinely shocked when you create a list of all the items in your Air BNB that could harm you with a burn. The list is long because many things we use each day can potentially cause a burn if they are not working correctly. Some of the most common culprits include:
- Any cooking appliances, including the stove, oven, toaster, toaster oven, instapot, coffee maker, microwave, or waffle iron
- A fireplace located inside or outside the Air BNB that uses natural gas, propane, or wood
- A wood-burning stove or fireplace insert used for heating the property
- A fireplace, fire pit, or BBQ grill on the patio
- Any outdoor lighting that has an open flame, such as a hurricane candle, tiki torches, or lantern
- Hot water throughout the property could also be a hazard if the water heater is set too hot or the thermostat has failed, resulting in hazardously hot water
- Damaged hair dryers
These are just a few items in an Air BNB that could be damaged, worn out, or need service and have turned into safety hazards that can cause a severe burn. Your expert Air BNB burn injury lawyer at DTLA Law Group will help you understand how premises liability applies to the Air BNB property owner’s duty of care.
Is A Burn A Serious Injury?
Immediately after you have been burned, you could think that the injury is not very serious. However, it is crucial to understand that the burn could be just the beginning of your health concerns. In the case of minor burns, the initial damage is not the worst part of the injury. You suffer what can become a life-threatening event only later after an infection sets in.
Skin is a vital protective cover for the more delicate parts of the human body. And when skin is damaged, it creates an opportunity for an infection that can course through the entire body. So proper care and treatment of even a minor burn are essential in protecting your health.
First-degree burns damage just the outermost layer of skin. However, they should be treated with an antibiotic cream to prevent infections. Second-degree burns damage two layers of skin and can increase the potential for infection and complications. Finally, third-degree burns are very severe and damage all skin layers and even the muscle or tissue under the skin.
Third-degree burns always require medical care and often result in skin grafts to close the open wound where skin and tissue were destroyed. Regardless of the severity of any burn, it is better to err on the side of caution and seek medical care if you are unsure of the level of the burn or how to treat it to prevent infection.
What To Do After Getting Medical Care
Once you have returned to your Air BNB after getting medical treatment for your burns, there is information you need to gather. Right after the incident, you might not understand the gravity of your injury or be thinking about a lawsuit. However, that could change in the coming days or weeks. And you will no longer have access to the Air BNB to document the safety issue you encountered. So before leaving the property, be sure to:
Understanding Your Two-Year Window
- Take pictures of the area where you were burned and the item if it was an appliance, fireplace, small appliance, or the water heater
- Keep copies of all the documentation for the rental, including the welcome packet that should have included any warnings about safety hazards
- Get copies of the medical records from your treatment, including any images of the burns
- Continue to document the healing of your burns with images, especially if there are signs of infection or the burn is not healing as expected
- Get written statements from anyone who witnessed the burn and their contact information for future use
- Notify the property manager or owner of the incident and your injury
- Contact DTLA Law Group to learn about your right to full compensation for your injuries and losses due to the burn during your Air BNB stay.
The Statute of Limitation in California is two years for a personal injury claim. That means you have no more than two years from the date of your burn injury to have your lawsuit filed with the court system. If you wait longer than two years, you will lose your right to request compensation for your injury and losses. The team at DTLA Law Group is here to process all of the documents and eliminate the stress related to the legal side of your burn injury. Contact us today so that you can focus on healing while we seek the compensation you deserve. We will do everything in our power to move the case along rapidly to get you the money to pay your bills and medical expenses while you recover.
We Have Your Best Interest At Heart
As a team of experienced legal professionals, the DTLA Law Group staff have witnessed the stress legal bills create for injury victims. And we have pledged never to be a part of adding to the financial complications of our valued clients. So instead, we provide our services with a zero-fee guarantee. You never pay us a dime until we have secured the settlement owed you for your injuries and suffering. If we don’t win, then you don’t pay.
In addition, if you have been turned away by other law firms, please call us. Our expertise in Air BNB burn injury lawsuits allow us to handle cases that other firms refuse to accept. And as always, we do it with no out-of-pocket fees. So contact us today to see what DTLA Law Group can do to eliminate your stress and worry after suffering an Air BNB burn injury.