Over the past decade, more and more travelers have begun relying on AirBnB, VRBO, and other vacation rental services. These companies provide a convenient and more customized alternative to traditional hotel stays, allowing travelers to obtain a more “local” experience by staying in a private home, apartment or condo. However, as the popularity of AirBnB and other similar companies increases, so too does the rate of vacation rental injuries. At the South Florida personal injury law firm of Friedman Rodman & Frank, our dedicated lawyers help clients recover compensation after suffering injuries in a vacation rental.Types of Vacation Rental Injuries
When you rent an AirBnB, you rely on the owner’s description of the property. You also assume that the property is safe. However, that is not always the case. Vacation rentals, like other homes, must be properly maintained to ensure a visitor’s safety. This includes conducting routine maintenance and warning guests of all potential hazards.
Many vacation rental injuries are the result of slip and fall accidents. Some of the most common AirBnB injuries stem from the following:
- Uneven flooring
- Defective stairs
- Missing handrails
- Poor lighting
- Slick floors
- Leaking appliances
- Torn carpeting
While falls account for the majority of AirBnB injuries, vacationers have also reported horrific stories of AirBnB assaults or sexual abuse. Owners have an obligation to warn visitors about potential threats to their safety, including security threats. For example, would you want to know if a neighbor was a convicted sex offender or whether there was a drug rehab center located down the block? While this information isn’t a guarantee that something bad will happen, it should still be conveyed to a traveler before they book a vacation rental.
If you were injured due to an AirBnB host’s negligence, an experienced South Florida premises liability lawyer can help you understand the best course of action to pursue a claim against the owner.Recovering After an AirBnB Injury
If you were injured while staying at an AirBnB, or another vacation rental, you may be able to obtain monetary compensation to help you cover the costs you’ve incurred. Vacation rental companies, including AirBnB and VRBO, maintain insurance policies with $1 million in coverage. These policies cover any injury related to a host’s negligence. For example, if you slipped and fell in an AirBnB, you can file a claim with AirBnB’s insurance policy. Also, if you were bitten by a dog on the host’s property, you could pursue a claim against the homeowner.Challenges Bringing a South Florida Vacation Rental Lawsuit
While AirBnB and other online vacation rental companies maintain significant insurance policies that may cover your expenses, that does not mean the insurance company will willingly offer a fair settlement offer in every case. These insurance companies have every incentive to minimize the value of your claim to keep more money in their pocket. Often, an insurance company will claim that a guest was negligent and that this should factor into the amount of money they receive. In other cases, an insurance company undervalues an accident victim’s injuries, refusing to acknowledge the severity of the impact the accident had on their life. A South Florida vacation rental injury lawyer can help you negotiate with the insurance company in pursuit of full and fair compensation for your injuries.Contact the South Florida Personal Injury Lawyers at Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada
If you or a loved one suffered preventable injuries while staying at a South Florida AirBnB, VRBO, or another vacation rental, contact Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada for immediate assistance. Our dedicated team of premises liability attorneys routinely handles claims against vacation rental companies on behalf of injured clients. We stay up-to-date on all developments related to this developing area of the law, ensuring that our clients’ cases are strategically situated at every step of the process. To learn more about the services we provide and to schedule a free case evaluation, contact us at 877-448-8585. Our lawyers represent accident victims throughout South Florida, including but not limited to Miami, Miami Beach, Naples, Homestead, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.