Family Sues Airbnb for Wrongful Death in Florida

Like many other big tech companies such as Uber or Amazon, Airbnb can be difficult to hold accountable in court. But in many cases, the company is genuinely responsible for serious injuries or even deaths. On March 7th, it was reported that Airbnb was being sued for the wrongful death of an infant in Florida. But does this lawsuit have any chance of success? More importantly, what can you do if you were injured during your stay at an Airbnb rental?

Family Sues Airbnb for Tragic Fentanyl Accident

On March 7th, it was reported that a family who had rented an Airbnb was suing the tech company for the death of their infant. This baby had come into contact with fentanyl during their stay at the property, causing fatal injuries. It was later determined that the previous occupant of the Airbnb had thrown a party with other adults, and these individuals used cocaine and other drugs during their stay.

According to the lawsuits, Airbnb explicitly promised the family a property with “strict cleaning procedures.” The property rules also stated that no parties were allowed. However, it was later determined that this property had a history of being used for parties — and these parties often involved drug use. As a result, Airbnb is now being sued for falsely marketing and promoting its services as “safe for children” despite being aware of this particular property’s history as a “party house.”

Is It Difficult to Sue Airbnb?

Airbnb will typically use arbitration to resolve disputes — including those involving injuries. If you try to file a lawsuit against the tech company, they will usually file a motion to compel arbitration. This means that you will be forced to resolve your issues outside of court instead of going through the normal legal process. In some situations, this can be easier and more effective than a litigated trial. In other cases, the arbitration process helps Airbnb get away with serious negligence without paying victims their fair share. Although they may attempt to force arbitration, Airbnb may not be able to avoid lawsuits if the situation is serious enough.

In addition, Airbnb has been pressured into ending arbitration altogether for certain issues, such as sexual harassment. Technically speaking, you sign Airbnb’s terms of service when you rent a property — meaning that you agree to the arbitration process ahead of time. The courts also have a history of enforcing these terms of service. But with situations like dying infants from fentanyl exposure, the courts may be pressured into allowing lawsuits to move forward.

Where Can I Find a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney in Florida?

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney in Florida, look no further than the Browning Law Firm, P.A. Over the years, we have helped numerous plaintiffs hold negligent parties accountable. Airbnb can be sued under certain circumstances for injuries, and you deserve to explore your legal options alongside a legal professional. Book your consultation today to get started with an effective action plan.


  1. https://edmontonjournal.com/pmn/press-releases-pmn/business-wire-news-releases-pmn/leesfield-scolaro-files-lawsuit-against-airbnb-for-wrongful-death-after-infant-fatally-ingests-fentanyl
  2. https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/12/airbnb-ends-forced-arbitration-days-after-google-facebook-did-the-same/


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