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Fall In Stairwell Due To Poor Lighting In An Air BNB Lawyer


Air BNB rental properties are available in almost every city and near every attraction in California. They number well into the hundreds of thousands. And renters love the added features and flexibility offered by renting an entire home instead of the limitations created by having only a hotel room. However, safety issues can arise when renting a house that would never occur in a hotel or other commercial rental.

Falls are one of the most common accidents that occur each year. Over 3 million people seek emergency care for an injury due to a fall, and over 800,000 are admitted to the hospital because the injuries are severe. Knowing that falls are common, hotels take extreme care in eliminating tripping hazards throughout their property. However, an Air BNB owner might not be as diligent or careful when providing a safe property. In many cases, the owner takes for granted the ease of traversing a property they know very well. And as a result, they fail to provide proper lighting in places such as stairwells.

If you suffered injuries due to a fall in a stairwell due to poor lighting at an Air BNB, contact the DTLA Law Group today. We offer 24/7 access to the answers you need from an expert personal injury lawyer in California. Our staff is here to meet with you and discuss the circumstances around your injury, the safety hazards that contributed to your fall, and the injuries you sustained. In addition, we will help you understand how premises liability can be the solution you need. This legal principle could establish the Air BNB owner’s negligence and financial responsibility for your medical bills and other losses due to your fall in a poorly lit Air BNB stairwell.

What Victims Need To Know About Premises Liability

The purpose of premises liability is to ensure that property owners maintain the building or, in your case Air BNB in a safe and hazard-free manner. The level of familiarity with the location can complicate the issue of proper lighting on a staircase or in a stairwell. If an Air BNB owner is familiar with the steps in question, they might move up and down them with no issues. However, a renter at the property for the first time will rely on proper lighting to see the steps and surrounding area.

The expert Air BNB fall injury lawyers at DTLA Law Group are here to help you understand how the owner of the Air BNB failed to meet their duty of care when with poor lighting on the stairwell. And how that poor lighting resulted in your fall and injuries.

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How Stairwell Falls Occur When Lighting Is Poor

Most people are unaware that there are precise building specifications for stairs. The height of the stair and the depth where you place your foot are required to be a specific size. The reason for this traces back to muscle memory. You never even think about walking up stairs because your body knows the size of the steps and how to move up and down them safely. So now it might be even more confusing why you need adequate lighting on steps.

The answer is that most falls in stairwells related to poor lighting occur at the top or bottom of the stairwell. You cannot see the first step as you approach the stairs and fall over the first step, thinking it is still level flooring. By contrast, when you cannot see the top step in the stairwell, you lift your foot in anticipation of another step, only to fall forward or lose your balance backward. In both of these cases, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic.

While some people, including the Air BNB owner, might not consider stairwell lighting important, it is part of an owner’s responsibility to guests. And the skilled team of stairwell fall injury lawyers at DTLA Law Group will help you understand how to move forward with your lawsuit to recover damages resulting from your fall.

Your Health Is Always The Priority

Even if you believe that your stairwell fall due to poor lighting at an Air BNB did not result in serious injuries, it is best to seek a medical exam. After an event such as a fall on stairs, it can be challenging to know if you sustained injuries. You could be in shock or feeling an adrenaline rush after the fall, which masks injuries. It is always better to see a medical professional for a complete evaluation and a clean bill of health. If any injuries are discovered, you will know that you have gotten the best care possible to begin the healing process. In addition, the medical records and documentation from a medical professional can be beneficial if you pursue legal action against the owner of the Air BNB.

Potential Injuries From A Stairwell Fall Due To Poor Lighting

Unfortunately, a fall from the top of a stairwell can cause severe and even life-threatening injuries to the victim. Even a fall from the base of the stairs or just a few steps up can result in injuries requiring immediate medical care. Some of the most severe injuries that stairwell victims suffer include:

  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries, including internal bleeding
  • Joint dislocations
  • Torn soft tissue and nerve damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries

In addition, even when the injuries appear to be minor, there can be long-term complications from what seems to be just a bump on your head. Memory loss, inability to concentrate, loss of fine motor skills, and challenges speaking can all occur due to a fall and head trauma.

Be Prepared To Take Action

After seeking medical care for your injuries after a fall down a poorly lit Air BNB stairwell, there are essential steps to take to protect your rights. They include:

  • Document the stairwell with pictures demonstrating the level of light at night
  • If a light was not working, make notes of the specific fixture or light that failed
  • Document the stairwell in the daylight to show any further details not visible in the low or poor light
  • Keep copies of all the documents related to the rental, including any instructions or warnings, in the welcome package.
  • Keep copies of all your medical records and images of your injuries

While it can be hard to think in these terms after suffering an injury, remember that you might not have access to the Air BNB again to get pictures and documentation for a future lawsuit. So gather the information before you return home after your fall.

What Is A Fall Injury Lawsuit Worth?

Most injury victims are very interested to learn the value of their settlement as they become more overwhelmed with medical bills and living expenses. Especially if you have been unable to work, getting a payment can feel essential. And the team at DTLA Law Group will work relentlessly on your behalf to protect your rights and secure the total and fair compensation you deserve. However, the amount will be directly related to your expenses and losses due to the fall injury. Some of the most important factors will include:

  • The dollar amount of your medical bills
  • Any lost wages if you are unable to work or miss work to attend medical appointments or treatments
  • The cost of your Air BNB rental and other added travel expenses due to the injury
  • Your legal fees for the lawsuit
  • Pain and suffering from the injury
When Will I Get My Settlement?

At DTLA Law Group, we understand your sense of urgency regarding getting your settlement. However, several factors will dictate how long the process takes to reach completion. Therefore, all we can promise is to keep working tirelessly to protect your right to compensation and see that justice is served.

We also want each client to understand that time is of the essence when filing a lawsuit in California. You have two years from the date of the fall to file a claim. If you wait longer than two years, you will lose the right to seek any compensation. So please get in touch with our office at your earliest convenience to begin preparing your lawsuit.

We Only Get Paid After You Get Paid

The staff at DTLA Law Group is here to protect your rights and financial future. As such, we will never submit any bill for our services until we have won your case and gotten the money owed to you. In addition, if we do not get you a settlement or verdict, then you owe us nothing. 

Even if another firm has rejected your case, we offer a free second opinion evaluation to ensure that you have the legal representation you need to receive justice and compensation for your losses after a fall injury in a poorly lit Air BNB stairwell. So don’t hesitate to contact us to learn about the success of our skilled lawyers and how we will help you begin to move past this upsetting event.


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