Can a cleaning company sue me for an alleged injury that supposedly happened at my home?

I hired a self-employed cleaning company to clean a home that I was moving in to. After being stood up mutiple times for hours on end, they finally came and did a terrible job. They didn’t perform half of the work on the agreed upon checklist. I sent them a factual, polite message of my disappointment, including pictures of the mess and quotes from their checklist. When they didn’t respond, I left them a review on the website where I had found them. After posting the review, they replied to me that they wish to discuss the medical expenses due to one of them suffering from a respitory infection from cleaning the oven. It really is as ridiculous as it sounds. Is this something they can legitimately claim?

Asked on March 12, 2014 under Personal Injury, Texas

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

As the owner of the property, you would be liable for the injury to the worker.  Your liability would include medical bills, pain and suffering (an amount in addition to the medical bills based on the medical report(s) documenting the nature and extent of the injury) and wage loss.

Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  Compensation for pain and suffering is discussed above.  Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursement.

It would be advisable to refer the matter to your homeowner's insurance carrier.  If the case is settled with your insurance carrier, NO lawsuit will be filed.  If the case is NOT settled and a lawsuit is filed against you, your homeowner's insurance carrier will provide you with an attorney at no cost to you and will handle the case for you.


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