When you booked your Airbnb rental in the Los Angeles area, you probably never imagined that you would be in the situation in which you are today – injured and in need of legal assistance. Personal injury accidents can happen anywhere, even on the premises of Airbnb rentals. If you suffered any sort of injuries due to the negligent actions of your Airbnb host or the landlord of the rental property, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. Depending on the details of your claim, you might even be eligible to recover monetary compensation for the harm that you suffered. If you would liked to learn more about your right to pursue an Airbnb injury lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact an Airbnb law firm experience in handling injury claims similar to yours. If you are in need of legal representations, you could trust the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group. When you contact our law firm and allow our experts to handle your claim, you can be certain that the Airbnb lawyers will provide you with all the information that you need to understand your right to file an Airbnb lawsuit and fight for your right to recover compensation. If you would like to discuss the possibility of filing an Airbnb injury lawsuit with the experts at our firm, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our Airbnb experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group today.
TYPES OF AIRBNB ACCIDENTS
There are various ways that you can be hurt in an AirBNB location if you are not careful. Some owners do not take particular care of the property or warn the guests about potential problems. Examples include:
- Slip and fall injuries, which can happen in areas that have leaky appliances, broken steps and stairs, excess moisture, slick floors, and more.
- Dog bites, which can happen if a neighbor or owner has a particularly aggressive dog that will attack unknown individuals on the property.
- Bed bugs, which can infest a location from previous tenants and may not have been removed by the property owner.
- Assault and battery, which can happen if the AirBNB is not secured or if it is present in a particularly dangerous area of town; in some scenarios, the owners themselves remain behind at the property and commit the assault themselves.
Further, some AirBNB locations are in bustling parts of the city. We are often asked, “Can I sue for tripping over a Bird scooter left on the ground at an AirBNB?” The answer is yes – if there is a Bird scooter, Uber scooter, Lime scooter, or other scooter discarded on the property without your knowledge, you may be able to receive compensation.
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What to Do after an Airbnb Incident?
Could You Be Compensated For Injuries?
Do I Need A Lawyer?
Sexual Assault and Assault and Battery at Airbnb’s – Liability against Property Owners and Airbnb
Without a doubt, sexual assault remains one of the most traumatic incidents that can occur on any premises. Assault and battery is a close second. Both sexual assault and assault and battery can lead to significant harm – and could face both the property owner and Airbnb facing liability. Of course, when these incidents are completely random, Airbnb might not face any liability, although the property owner might face some liability based on premise liability (and failing to ensure that their premises were safe). In cases where there have already been past reports of either sexual assault or assault and batter (or both), but the company failed to remove the listing or take any action against the property owner, then the company could also be liable. If you suffered sexual assault or assault and battery at an Airbnb rental but are unsure about your right to sue, do not hesitate to contact our experts immediately.
Burn Injuries, Electrocutions, and Other Electric Shock Injuries – Property Owner and Airbnb Liability
A number of hazards present in a property could lead to electric shock and burn injuries. This can include electronics too close to a water supply, faulty electrical equipment (including defective products), exposed wires, etc. These can all potentially lead to electric shock, which can cause electrical burns, nerve damage, seizures, cardiac arrest, loss of consciousness. Electric shock can also be fatal – this is called electrocution. Burn injuries, on the other hand, can be caused by any sort of fire risk – which can include overheating chargers, defective items, etc. Burn injuries can vary in severity, but even minor burns can cause horrible pain. Of course, more severe burns can result in nerve damage, loss of function, permanent scarring, etc.
Who is liable in the case of electric shock, electrocution, or burn injuries? Of course, the property owner could be liable for this harm because the property owner has a duty of care to keep the premises safe. However, Airbnb can also be liable for the resulting harm in some circumstances. If you are unsure of whether Airbnb is liable for the harm that you suffered, you should seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm immediately.
Slip and Falls, Trip and Falls, and Falling Object Incidents – Injuries and Liability
What about slip and falls, trip and falls, and falling object incidents? These three incidents are easily among the most common types of premise liability incidents. These incidents are known to cause many of the following injuries: head injuries; neck injuries; spinal cord injuries; back injuries; facial injuries (including broken teeth, broken nose, etc.); shoulder injuries; fractured ribs; fractures, in general; sprains and strains; nerve damage; ligament damage; scrapes and bruises; lacerations. In these types of incidents, liability can typically be traced back to the property owner – as the property owner has the responsibility to keep the premises free of any hazards that could cause these incidents. In a one-off incident, Airbnb might not be liable. However, if the property owner has had multiple reported incidents on his or her property but Airbnb has failed to remove the listing or take any action whatsoever, then Airbnb could also be liable.
For more information regarding liability for these types of incidents, do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.
What Harm Could Parties Staying at Airbnb’s Suffer?
Innocent parties could suffer a number of accidents during their stay at an Airbnb rental. Slips, trips, falls, and other incidents could cause these unsuspecting parties to suffer a number of injuries. Some of the common injuries associated with personal injury accidents include the following: head injuries, brain injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, shoulder injuries, hip injuries, knee injuries, arm injuries, leg injuries, foot injuries, hand injuries, wrist injuries, ankle injuries, sprains/strains, pelvic injuries, muscle damage, lacerations, nerve damage, etc. The harm suffered could vary significantly from mild to severe – in some cases, injuries are fatal. Regardless of the harm that you suffered during your stay at an Airbnb rental in Los Angeles, you might have grounds to pursue an Airbnb injury lawsuit for the harm that you suffered.
Does Airbnb Offer Any Insurance Coverage In Case of Injuries?
Because Airbnb is a relatively recent service, many people – especially those who have not previously used the service – are clueless about specific coverage that Airbnb provides in the case of injuries to guests. Personal injury accidents, unfortunately, are very common; they can happen anywhere, even in Airbnb rentals. Airbnb is definitely aware of this. The company actually offers something called the Host Protection Insurance program which provides primary liability coverage of up to $1,000,000 per incident. The coverage is specifically for any third-party claims of both bodily harm of property damage related to the affected parties’ Airbnb stay. Airbnb’s insurance program only covers accidental incidents. In general, any accidental incident arising from a hazard present on the property could be covered by the insurance policy. On the contrary, any intentional harm will not be covered by the insurance program. Besides intentional acts, auto accidents, incidents of slander/defamation, or anything related to mold, bed bugs, pollution, or asbestos will not be covered by the insurance program. If you suffered any accidental injury during your stay at an Airbnb in Los Angeles, the harm that you suffered might be covered under Airbnb’s insurance policy. Without a doubt, it could be difficult to understand whether your injuries are covered; therefore, we recommend seeking legal assistance immediately. When you discuss your incident with an attorney, you could be certain that you will have access to all the information that you need to understand whether your injuries are covered under Airbnb’s insurance coverage.
Basic Premises Liability
Premises liability laws are an area of personal injury. They pertain to locations and properties and the guests that are present on them. There are three different types of guests that can be on a property:
- Invitees, who are owed the highest duty of care and are present for a mutual benefit with the property owner; they are most often categorized as customers
- Licensees, who may be considered social guests and are afforded a lesser duty of care than invitees
- Trespassers, who are not legally allowed on the property but must still be protected in second-hand ways, such as by not having traps lain for them if the area is a well-known shortcut
AirBNB guests are invitees because they are customers of the rental service. Premises liability lawsuits can be filed in the event you can prove the negligence of the property owner. This can be shown to be true of either the rental agency or the owner himself. There are three possible scenarios in which a premises liability claim can be filed:
- The property owner knew about a hazard that was present at the AirBNB but did nothing to fix it or provide warnings to guests about its presence
- The property owner caused the hazard in the first place, such as by negligence or faulty repairs
- The property owner should have known that there was an issue, such as an appliance problem, if he were reasonably investigating the site, as any other property owner would have
Premises liability claims only need to have one of these points shown to be true. Therefore, you can prove that the owner had been on the property and did not let you know about a dog that was present, for example. To establish a premises liability claim, contact a lawyer to determine your guest level and the form of negligence of the property owner.
Do Injured Airbnb Guests have the Right to Pursue Lawsuits?
You have the right to pursue an Airbnb injury lawsuit if you suffered any sort of harm during your stay at an Airbnb. In general, your right to sue for the injuries you suffer in an Airbnb is based on premise liability. In other words, property owners have a duty to their guests. They must ensure that their properties are free on any hazards that could potentially harm their guests. When they fail to identify or address hazards, they could cause accidents that could result in injuries. When property owners fail to identify and address hazards on their property, they are also breaching their duty of care – a breached duty of care that results in harm is representative of negligence. Victims that suffer injuries as a direct result of negligence have the right to pursue injury claims. For more information about your right to file a claim against Airbnb for the injuries that you sustained, do not hesitate to contact our Los Angeles lawyers today.
What Should You Do after an Airbnb Incident?
After suffering an accident at a Los Angeles Airbnb that left you with at least some sort of injury, it is essential that you do the following:
- Seek medical attention for your injuries
- Photograph all visible injuries (before and after treatment)
- Photograph the scene of your accident (the hazard in your Airbnb rental should be clear)
- Report the incident and the harm that you suffered to Airbnb
- Gather witness contact information (if there were any witnesses to your accident)
- Refrain from sharing too much with the Airbnb host or landlord (do not reveal specific details or anything that could be used against you)
- Seek legal guidance from an experienced Los Angeles Airbnb injury lawyer
Without a doubt, filing a claim might not be the first thing that comes to mind after suffering an injury in your Airbnb rental. Regardless of whether you are already considering the possibility of filing a claim or the thought hasn’t even crossed your mind, following the recommended steps above will prove to be helpful. For more information, do not hesitate to seek the expertise of our Airbnb lawyers in Los Angeles.
Could You Be Compensated For Airbnb Injuries?
If you suffered injuries during your stay at an Airbnb, you could be eligible to recover at least some compensation; the compensation that you are eligible to receive will depend on the specific details of your Airbnb injury case. Depending on the details of your injury claim against Airbnb, you could be eligible to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses (if injuries are fatal)
- Punitive damages
For more information about the type and amount of compensation that you might be eligible to receive, do not hesitate to contact our Los Angeles Airbnb lawyers as soon as possible. Our experts will evaluate your claim and help you gain a better understanding of the compensation that you could be eligible to receive. If you would like more information about your right to recover compensation after suffering any type of injury at a Los Angeles Airbnb, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers immediately. Our Los Angeles attorneys will not rest until that have helped you recover the highest amount of compensation available for your injury claim.