Los Angeles, CA asked in Public Benefits, Personal Injury and Health Care Law for California

Q: I’m in California I was just wondering if the air filters in public bathrooms contain poo and aren’t changed can u sue?

And if so what are the steps to ?

3 Lawyer Answers
Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
Answered
  • Rohnert Park, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Well, the issue would be whether there is any evidence that the entity responsible for maintaining that bathroom was negligent in maintaining the air filters, or knew of such harmful substance existing in the filters and allowed it to remain there causing actual injury to users of the restroom.

Patrick William Steinfeld
Patrick William Steinfeld
Answered
  • Coronado, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The burden would be on the plaintiff (you) to prove the air filters contained "poo" AND you were injured or damaged as a result. Proving the air filters contain "poo" would require an expert to testify there is "poo" in the air filters. Obviously this would result in significant costs. However, assuming the air filters contain "poo" what are your damages? How were you damaged as a result of "poo" in the air filters?

The steps are pretty straightforward:

1. Hire an attorney to file a lawsuit.

2. He/she will retain an expert to opine as to the existence of "poo".

3. Your attorney will calculate your damages. If you win your claim you pay your expert, your attorney and you retain the balance.

Good luck. Patrick Steinfeld

William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: What air filters? The restroom does not come with special poo filtering equipment. There are heating/ac and return ducts, all interconnected with other ducts that supply other rooms throughout the building. Heating/ac ducts are not known, to my knowledge, to be a vector of poo related illness. You might get Legionnaires disease, though.

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