When you have rented one of the hundreds of thousands of Air BNB properties in California, the last thing you expect to experience is the roof collapsing on top of you and your loved ones and friends. Unfortunately, however, it is a catastrophe that many renters have faced. And sadly, they have also suffered severe injuries from the massive weight and bulk of such a large structure falling onto them.
Regrettably, there is rarely any warning when a roof is about to collapse. It is not a gradual process where part of the roof will sag and then finally cave in on the interior living spaces of the house. Instead, it is often sudden and shocking when the ceiling and roof come crashing in on the people and things inside the house. Therefore, if you suffered an Air BNB roof collapse while staying in an Air BNB, it is crucial that you understand your rights and how to protect them. The personal injury Air BNB roof collapse attorneys at DTLA Law Group are here to help you understand your legal right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses due to this disaster.
Please get in touch with our office today. We are here 24/7 to ensure that you have a reliable resource to answer your questions and provide the guidance you need at this stressful time. In addition, we will schedule your free consultation with an experienced attorney who will evaluate the circumstances of your situation and tell you if your case has merit. Then, with your approval, we will take on the matter and begin to move forward to file a personal injury claim against the party responsible for your losses.
Potential Injuries From An Air BNB Roof Collapse
When the roof of your Air BNB suddenly collapses on top of you, there is little warning or way to protect yourself from harm. Sadly, you might have no idea that the roof is about to fall while sitting at the dining table or even asleep. So the list of possible injuries is extensive. Some of the more common injuries include:
- Skull fractures, concussions, head trauma, and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
- Facial injuries, including lacerations, broken nose, eye injuries
- Broken bones, dislocations, and soft tissue injuries to the arms and hands
- Leg and foot injuries
- Joint dislocations
- Internal organ injury or internal bleeding
These are only some of the injuries you might have suffered when an Air BNB roof collapses on you. Because of the significant weight of the roofing material and the bulk of the items, victims can suffer crushing wounds, impalement, blunt force trauma, and severe lacerations. In addition, these issues are very hazardous for anyone with respiratory conditions as the air is typically filled with dust, debris, and even harmful mold spores that can initiate asthma attacks and severe allergy reactions, making breathing difficult.
As soon as your injuries are treated by a medical professional, please reach out to DTLA Law Group to discuss your case. We understand that you are facing many unknowns in your future, and we are here to help you navigate this challenging event.
What Might Cause A California Air BNB Roof Collapse
In most cases, you will never stay in an Air BNB while it is undergoing renovations or repairs. So there is very little chance the roof collapse you suffered was due to mistakes by a contractor working at the site. However, that does not rule out the possibility that a contractor is to blame. In reality, there could be many reasons that the Air BNB roof collapsed on you, causing injuries. Some of the common causes of a roof collapse can include:
- The added weight of snow and ice buildup on the roof exceeds its structural capability
- High wind from a storm degraded the structural integrity of the roof
- Excessive rain moistened the roofing support structure and degraded it
- Roof leaks allow water to damage the support structure
- Failure to have the roof inspected and properly maintained
- Improper roof repairs
- Leaking pipes in the rafters of the roof
- Structural damage to the roof from a previous incident, such as a fire or earthquake that was not discovered and repaired
Many issues can cause a roof to collapse. In addition, many persons or entities could be responsible for creating the hazard that caused your injuries. The Air BNB roof collapse attorneys at DTLA Law Group will work with you to determine who is liable for your damages and how to move forward with a lawsuit to seek the full and fair compensation you deserve.
How Premises Liability Applies To An Air BNB Roof Collapse
Any property owner is obligated to maintain their property safely and hazard-freely. In the case of your Air BNB, the owner is required by law to provide you with what he knows to be a safe rental property for your stay. To file a claim for negligence against the Air BNB owner, injury victims would need to provide any one of the following criteria:
- The Air BNB property owner knew about the hazardous condition of the roof but failed to have it repaired or corrected
- The Air BNB owner failed to have the roof regularly inspected and was unaware of the issue but should have known with proper care
- The owner created the safety concern regarding the roof with poor or improper repair, increasing or creating the hazard
If any of these are true of your Air BNB rental owner, the DTLA Law Group team will be happy to take your case and move forward with a lawsuit. The Air BNB owner was in breach of duty of care and should be held responsible for your injuries, the cost of your medical care, any property losses due to the roof collapse, and possibly punitive damages. In addition, Air BNB properties are covered by an insurance policy from Air BNB, so there is also a possibility that you would be suing the company instead of or along with the Air BNB property owners.
The Value Of An Air BNB Roof Collapse Lawsuit
The team at DTLA Law Group will help you understand all the expenses that can be included when determining the value of your personal injury lawsuit. The dollar amount for any lawsuit is based on the specific losses of the victim. In your case, the calculation will include:
- Your current and future medical bills due to injuries sustained in the roof collapse
- Any lost wages if you are unable to work during your recovery period or due to attending medical appointments
- Damages for any personal property that was destroyed in the incident
- Your pain and suffering
- Possible travel expenses due to the injury
- The rental of the Air BNB
- Legal fees
These are just the primary fees most victims of a California Air BNB roof collapse injury lawsuit will claim. The DTLA team will help you gather all the information needed to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for the injuries and losses sustained by the roof collapse.
How Long Does A Lawsuit Take?
Unfortunately, there is no predetermined length of time to process a lawsuit. Factors such as the severity of your injuries, the time you need to recover, and the workload of the court system all impact how long it will take to secure your settlement. It is also essential to know that in California, personal injury victims have two years from the date of their injury to file a claim against the responsible party. If you do not file within the Statute of Limitations, the two-year window, you lose all rights to make a claim for the incident.
The team at DTLA Law Group is here to ensure that you understand your rights and make your claim within the two years to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Our staff has decades of combined experience and thousands of successes to ensure you get the most robust settlement possible.
The DTLA No Fee Guarantee
After suffering a traumatic event like a roof collapse, you are sure to be feeling the stress of paying medical bills and living expenses. At DTLA Law Group, we understand your concerns and are here to help you sort through the details of your case and secure the compensation you deserve. In addition, we never want to add to your financial challenges. So we only get paid after winning your case and getting you the money you need and deserve. We never as for out of pocket payments.
In addition, if you have been turned down by another law firm, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office today. We provide a free second opinion evaluation of your case to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit. If we see merit in your case, we will defend your rights and secure the settlement you deserve. And you pay us nothing until we get you the money you deserve. If we don’t win, you owe us nothing.