Who is liable if someone gets hurt at an AirbnbAirbnb has revolutionized travel, offering unique stays in private homes. But what happens if you're injured while staying at an Airbnb? This question isn't just academic – it's a real concern for many travelers. Let's dive into the world of vacation rental liability and explore who's responsible when accidents occur.

Airbnb accident liability can be complex. These cases often involve multiple parties, including the host, Airbnb itself, and sometimes property management companies or security companies. Each case is unique, with factors like the nature of the injury, local laws, and insurance policies all playing a role.

If you've been injured during an Airbnb stay in Orlando, Central Florida, or anywhere else in Florida, we are here to help you. Contact Spetsas Buist at 321-LAWSUIT for a free consultation. We'll help you understand your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve, and we don't get paid unless we get money for you.

Common Types of Airbnb Accidents our Lawyers Handle

Many Airbnb accidents stem from unsafe conditions on the property. These might include things like:

Understanding Airbnb's Host Protection Insurance

Airbnb offers hosts a safety net called Host Protection Insurance. This policy often provides up to $1 million in liability coverage per incident. This liability insurance kicks in when a guest is injured on the property to cover things like medical costs and potential lawsuits.

However, this insurance does not cover everything that could happen on the property. Namely, the insurance typically only provides coverages for losses sustained during the official stay period, from check-in to check-out. Additionally, these policies often have exclusions for things like intentional acts or car accidents off the property.

When the Property Owner Might Be Liable

Sometimes, the Airbnb host or property owner bears responsibility for guest injuries. This can happen when the host:

  • Fails to maintain safe conditions
  • Doesn't warn guests about known hazards
  • Violates local safety codes
  • Violates building codes for pools, stairs, or other structures

In these cases, the injured guest might be able to file a claim against the host's personal homeowners insurance. But not all policies cover short-term rentals, so hosts should check their coverage.

Steps to Take if You're Injured at an Airbnb

If you get hurt while staying at an Airbnb, the actions you take immediately thereafter can make a big difference in the outcome of your claim. Insurance companies will use anything and everything to cause you problems and to avoid paying proper value for your injuries.

Below are some steps you can take to protect your rights after getting injured at an Airbnb:

  1. Seek medical attention right away
  2. Document everything (injuries, accident scene, medical reports)
  3. Report the incident to Airbnb and the host
  4. Contact a personal injury lawyer
  5. Don't speak to insurance adjusters without your lawyer
  6. Don't post about the incident on social media

Remember, time is of the essence. Depending on the state where you were injured, the statute of limitations may prevent you from pursuing an injury claim if you wait too long. In Florida, for example, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury.

How Insurance Companies Handle Airbnb Claims

When it comes to Airbnb accidents, multiple insurance companies might get involved. This can include:

  • Airbnb's Host Protection Insurance
  • The host's personal homeowners insurance
  • Your own travel or health insurance

Navigating these different policies can be tricky. That's where an experienced personal injury lawyer can help. Our lawyers have years of experience in premises liability cases, and we know exactly what it takes to bring a successful claim.

Do You Need Legal Help if Someone Gets Hurt at an Airbnb?

Airbnb accident lawsuits can be complex. Often times, multiple insurance policies are involved in these claims, some of which may be quite large. Additionally, the area of short term rentals is still new, and thus the regulations are not the same as for hotels, motels, and resorts.

A personal injury lawyer can help you avoid mistakes that could reduce the value of your case. Below are some of the ways a lawyer can help you:

  • Investigate the accident
  • Gather evidence
  • Negotiate with insurance companies
  • Fight for fair compensation
  • Take the case to trial if the insurance company won't make a fair offer

Our team has successfully handled claims a wide variety of premises liability cases, many of which were turned down by other firms. We're not scared of litigation, and we will take a case to trial if necessary to get justice for our clients. Call us at 321-LAWSUIT for a free consultation with a lawyer at our office.

Get Help with Your Airbnb Injury Claim

If you've been injured while staying at an Airbnb in Orlando, or anywhere else in Florida, don't face it alone. Our firm helps people all over the Southeast to get justice for injuries sustained at an Airbnb.

The lawyers at Spetsas Buist are here to help. We'll guide you through the legal process and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

You can call us at 321-LAWSUIT to set up your free consultation with an attorney at our office.