Many California residents are happy to live in a city like Los Angeles, where there is never a risk of waking up to snow-covered streets and sidewalks. However, it can be a lifelong dream or annual pilgrimage to travel to one of the many locations in the state that does offer all the snow and winter activities you can imagine. Waking up to snow on the ground and building a roaring fire in the fireplace sounds like a very idyllic setting for a fun and relaxing vacation at one of the many Air BNB rental properties in the snowy regions of California. However, there are many factors that you might not consider if you have never lived where snow blankets the ground, vehicles, roadways, and sidewalks for months of the year.
The first morning you rise and shine only to look outdoors and discover that the sidewalks and steps on your rental Air BNB property are covered in snow. And while you would love to play in this winter wonderland, your first concern is safety as you maneuver down the steps and across what you imagine is slick concrete. After surveying the porch, you realize there is no snow shovel provided by the door. After bundling up in winter gear, you try to make your way out of the house in search of a snow shovel but find nothing as you return to the treacherous steps leading to the porch. And that is when your winter dream trip turns into a nightmare. You fall on the snow-covered steps and suffer several injuries.
If you have suffered injuries because of someone’s failure to provide a snow shovel at your Air BNB, the expert fall attorneys at DTLA Law Group are here to help. Our staff has decades of combined experience sorting out property liability cases involving personal injuries. We understand the laws and requirements of Air BNB owners and what a renter should expect when arriving at a California Air BNB, even in a region that experiences snowfall and accumulation. Contact us today to learn more about your rights and how to move forward if you have grounds for a lawsuit. We offer free consultations and never require any upfront payments.
The Basics Of Premises Liability
Premises liability is a section of the law that defines a property owner’s responsibilities. In general, any property owners are required to keep the property free of safety hazards. This includes inside any dwelling as well as the outdoor property, including outdoor living spaces, sidewalks, and the yard. It further explains that the property owner must take all the steps that any person would take or consider general or common knowledge in the care of the property.
In the case of an Air BNB in a region with regular and expected snowfall, the prudent or even average homeowner would have a snow shovel or other means of clearing the snow for safety. So if your Air BNB did not include a snow shovel and you fell, causing injuries, there is a good possibility you have grounds for a lawsuit. Your expert Air BNB fall attorney will help you understand all the facets of premises liability at your free consultation.
Other Factors To Consider
When you arrive for your consultation with a DTLA fall attorney, we will need to read your rental agreement for the Air BNB to determine if there were any notices regarding snow removal and your responsibilities related to that service. Some Air BNB owners will include in the contract that you are responsible for snow removal. Others will contract a snow removal service or provide snow removal themselves. In addition, they could list the location of any snow removal items, such as a snow shovel or salt.
Depending on what the rental agreement states, the party responsible for your fall could have been a local snow removal service that failed to meet its obligation. Your experts at DTLA Law Group will help you understand all the nuances of your rental agreement and who could be financially liable for your injuries and the expenses they have created.
Air BNB Insurance
Many Air BNB guests assume that they are well covered by an insurance policy that is part of their rental agreement. However, there is a long list of items not covered under the Air BNB policy, including “Acts of God.” Legally, any act humans cannot control is considered an “Act of God.” Hence, the snow that caused your fall will likely eliminate the potential of using the Air BNB insurance policy to cover any losses. But rest assured, our experts will review all of the documentation for your rental agreement and any insurance that was in place at the time of the fall. Our goal is always to ensure that you receive the fair and full compensation you deserve for your injuries as a result of failure to provide a snow shovel at an Air BNB.
All Falls Can Be Serious
If you fall on concrete steps, you are likely to feel the pain of your injuries instantly. However, you might shake off the incident if you fall on concrete covered with snow after being out in the cold and bundled in multiple layers of clothing. You really don’t feel any sharp pain. And you hope that the tumble resulted in more significant damage to your pride than your body. However, it is essential that you seek medical care to evaluate any potential injuries you have suffered. A professional medical exam will ensure that all injuries are properly documented and treated immediately. Proper care should always be your priority.
What To Do After A Fall And Injury At An Air BNB
After seeking medical care, several other details need your attention. Knowing that you might be seeking compensation for your losses in the future is crucial. So you need to gather the information that will support your request.
What Is The Value Of My Air BNB Fall Injury Settlement?
- Immediately take photos of any injuries you sustained in the fall and in the coming days if bruising or swelling increases
- Get pictures of the area where you fell while they are still covered in snow
- Also, document that there were no tools, snow shovels, or other snow removal equipment provided
- Request written statements from anyone who witnessed your fall
- Contact the owner or manager of the Air BNB to notify them of your fall and injuries
If you are hurt as a result of a failure to provide a snow shovel at your Air BNB, the settlement you seek will be dependent on several critical factors, including:
- The amount of your current and future medical bills related to your treatment, therapy, and rehabilitation
- Any property damage as a result of the accident, such as falling on your new phone
- Lost income if you are unable to return to work as you heal and for time missed at work due to medical care
- Pain and suffering, including emotional trauma, anxiety, fear, and psychological trauma
- Reimbursement for your Air BNB expenses and other travel costs
- Legal fees
How Long Will The Lawsuit Take To Complete?
First, it is essential to know that you have two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit to seek compensation. If you do not file in that time frame, you lose the right to make a claim against any parties involved. However, that is more than enough time for the team at DTLA Law Group to compile the information needed to secure your compensation.
The time needed to complete the litigation process will vary based on many factors. For example, the court system’s workload, the severity of your injuries, and the actions taken by the Air BNB owner will all impact the time needed to complete the process and secure your settlement.
No Fees and No Stress
At DTLA Law Group, we understand that you have experienced a traumatic event and suffered physical injuries due to someone else’s negligence. We also know that you need to focus on recovery and healing to put this unfortunate event behind you. Therefore, our team will work tirelessly to handle the legal battle to secure your settlement to allow you to focus on your loved ones and healing. In addition, we never charge any upfront legal fees to represent you. We only get paid after our job is completed and you have received the compensation you deserve.
Free Second Opinion Case Review
If other attorneys have told you that your injuries do not warrant legal action, please get in touch with DTLA today. Our Air BNB fall injury attorneys offer decades of experience and expertise in settling these matters. We are happy to review the facts of your case and provide you with an unbiased opinion of the strength of your case and how we would recommend handling it. Our goal is always to ensure that every injury victim has the best legal advice and representation possible.