Asked in Personal Injury for Puerto Rico

Q: Can I sue an Airbnb host if I fell and was injured on their property in PR from NYC?

I fell because there was lifted cement that leads to backyard and lost my two front teeth. Someone else in our group fell as well but didn’t sustain injuries

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1 Lawyer Answer
Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
  • San Juan, PR
  • Licensed in Puerto Rico

A: You can sue the owner of the property where you fell. Puerto Rico rule of law grants one year as the prescriptive term limit within which to take a cause of action before the Puerto Rico courts. You would need to provide proof that the injury occurred in Puerto Rico, by way of hospital records and photos to show the damage, as well as receipts for the costs incurred to repair the damage suffered. Nevertheless, it would be advisable that you first approach the Airbnb, to procure coverage from the Airbnb's insurance to cover your medical costs. Should you decide to take the matter to court, procedural rules of civil procedure require that, as part of your lawsuit, you post a non-resident bond of not less than $1,000.00, to cover for any fees, costs, and expenses which the court may impose on the plaintiff party.

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