AIRBNB properties have become very popular for vacationers, business travelers, and those temporarily relocating to California. Typically, these properties provide more privacy and features than you would have in a hotel. Having a full kitchen with all the necessary appliances and conveniences, an outdoor living space, and private laundry machines appeal to many travelers.
Because the climate is often perfect in California, one of the features that are always in demand for AIRBNB rentals is an outdoor kitchen and dining area. Homes that offer a large BBQ area and seating are some of the most often rented and highest earning in the area. However, these features are not always the dream addition that an AIRBNB renter imagines when they click the button to reserve a property sporting a charcoal or gas BBQ grill.
Sadly, the feature that made you decide to rent a specific AIRBNB property could be the one that turned your stay into a nightmare. If you have been the victim of an AIRBNB BBQ explosion, the team at DTLA Law Group is ready to provide the answers you need before you accidentally make a poor choice that could cost you thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. Our expert AIRBNB BBQ explosion attorneys are reachable 24/7 to explain your rights and help you understand how to protect your right to file an AIRBNB BBQ explosion lawsuit to seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. Contact our office immediately for your free consultation and the answers you need when you need them the most.
Understanding Premises Liability And Duty of Care
Premises liability is the section of the law that defines a property or business owner’s obligation to provide a safe setting for their guests or customers. Duty of care is a part of property liability that delves deeper into the level of care and maintenance a property owner must provide and includes guidelines on regular property inspections to look for and correct any safety hazards or potential risks to a guest’s safety.
In the situation of your AIRBNB rental, the property owner is expected to maintain the space free of common or obvious safety risks for any renters of the property and their guests. Premises liability coverage extends to anyone who is on the property legally. So as a renter, you have a legal right to use the space. Examples of persons not protected under premises liability law include trespassers or intruders such as burglars.
In addition to being on the property legally, your DTLA Law Group AIRBNB BBQ explosion attorney will need to demonstrate that one of the following criteria was true to hold the AIRBNB property owner liable for the explosion and your injuries:
- The property owner knew about the BBQ safety hazard but had not corrected it or warned you of the potential risk
- The property owner had created the BBQ hazard
- The owner of the property should have known about the safety issue if they had been providing the required regular inspections of the property and BBQ
Your DTLA Law Group AIRBNB BBQ explosion attorney will work with you to gather the information and evidence needed to establish the property owner’s liability for the injuries and losses you suffered.
Could Anyone Else Be Liable For My AIRBNB BBQ Explosion Injuries?
There are a few scenarios that could add to the list of potential suspects who are responsible for your injuries. If the BBQ was newly installed, the liability could extend to the company that installed it, the manufacturer if the unit is defective, or the company that sold the BBQ grill. Other people or groups that could be liable include the plumber who installed the gas lines, the utility company if they ran the gas service, or a property management company if they oversaw the installation of this property upgrade and were responsible for testing it to ensure its safety.
Why Does A BBQ Grill Explode?
You could be shocked to learn that hundreds of BBQ units explode each year, sometimes causing severe injuries to those nearby. In addition, it is vital to note that a charcoal grill can explode if it gets too hot. However, most of the grills that explode are propane or natural gas. The common causes of a gas grill explosion include:
- A gas leak allows the grill or space in the BBQ island to fill with gas and ignite, typically when the grill is lit, but it can also be due to a spark in the area
- The grill lighter is faulty or worn out and allows too much gas to flow before igniting it
- A faulty gas shut-off valve allows gas to build up in the grill or BBQ island
- Damaged or leaking gas hose or pipe
- The BBQ grill is old, worn, and prone to a leak that will cause gas to gather in the grill or island
While a BBQ is a great feature to offer at an AIRBNB, it does require regular care and inspections to ensure the safety of guests. With a life expectancy of 5 to 15 years based on the type and quality of the grill, AIRBNB BBQ owners need to watch for indications of deterioration or damage and replace the unit as soon as these signs appear to ensure everyone’s safety.
Critical Information To Gather Before Leaving Your AIRBNB Rental
After seeking medical attention for your AIRBNB BBQ explosion injuries, it can be tempting to pack up and go home. You are injured and even concerned about other safety issues on the property. However, getting a few pictures of the AIRBNB BBQ before you leave is vital. These images will be very beneficial if you file an AIRBNB BBQ explosion injury lawsuit.
After the unit is cool and the gas is turned off, take pictures of any manufacturer’s name, model, and production date or code to establish the age of the unit. Also, get photos of the gas lines or hoses connecting the grill to a gas tank. Then take a few pictures of the entire BBQ area to establish the level of care used in its construction, the location of propane tanks in use or stored in the area, and the care and maintenance provided. All of these could help explain what caused the AIRBNB BBQ explosion and who is to blame for your injuries and losses if you file an AIRBNB BBQ explosion injury lawsuit.
How Much Is My AIRBNB BBQ Explosion Injury Lawsuit Worth?
The value of your AIRBNB injury lawsuit will be determined based on the expenses and losses you suffered. Your DTLA Law Group AIRBNB BBQ explosion attorney will help you gather all the information needed to support your claim amount, which will include:
- All medical expenses related to the injuries suffered in the AIRBNB BBQ explosion
- Your lost income if the injuries prevented you from working
- The cost of your AIRBNB injury lawsuit
- The value of any personal property damaged or destroyed in the AIRBNB BBQ explosion
In the event of severe injuries and an extended recovery time, a dollar amount can be included for pain and suffering. Your AIRBNB BBQ explosion attorney will provide a suitable amount based on the severity of your injuries and their expertise in handling similar cases.
When Should I File My AIRBNB BBQ Explosion Lawsuit?
Personal injury victims in California have two years from the date of their incident to file a claim with the court system. If the case is not filed in that time, the victim often loses the right to seek compensation for the injuries or losses suffered. However, there are a few exceptions that could apply to your case that your DTLA Law Group AIRBNB BBQ explosion attorney will explain.
It is also your right to file the claim with the court system as soon after the incident as you like. Your AIRBNB BBQ explosion attorney will advise you when the case is prepared, and you can move forward. It is also essential to consider that your DTLA Law Group legal team will need time to determine who is to blame for this event. So it is advisable to contact the office as soon as possible to discuss the case and begin investigating the case of the explosion.
How To Afford The Best AIRBNB BBQ Explosion Attorney
As you might know, many lawyers charge substantial upfront fees to handle your AIRBNB BBQ explosion injury lawsuit. These costs often prohibit many injury victims from pursuing a lawsuit because they cannot afford the initial cost of hiring a lawyer. However, DTLA Law Group is committed to providing expert legal guidance to all personal injury victims.
We only charge legal fees for our services after we have completed the case and secured the settlement or verdict funds our client needs to pay our fees and their other expenses. So you never need to worry about how to afford the best legal representation in the region. In addition, if we fail to win your case, you owe us nothing. So there is no added financial risk for you, and you know that the DTLA Law Group staff is dedicated to winning your case to earn our fees.
Please get in touch with DTLA Law Group today to discuss your case with an AIRBNB BBQ explosion injury attorney to determine if an AIRBNB injury lawsuit is the best way to get the money owed you for your injuries and losses.