Vacation Rental Accidents: What to Do

Spring break is just around the corner, and that means that a lot of people might be itching to escape to a new place. It may also mean that you are itching to leave Florida and head to a new destination in order to avoid the spring break madness. Renting an apartment away from home on a website like AirBnB can be a lot of fun, and it can also open up many new horizons – you will, after all, get to see what it’s like to really live as a local.

But what happens when an accident occurs on a rental property? Who do you call and who is to blame? While the laws in every state are different, there are some basic things that you should do right away if you are injured on a property that is not your own.

We’ll also cover what you should do if you rent out your property and someone becomes injured while staying in your home.

Before you book any vacation rental, take a close look at this!

Renting to Strangers

When you rent out a home to a stranger, you should be aware that there is always a possibility that someone might get hurt while staying at that location. If someone that is renting from you calls and tells you that they have become hurt, here are the steps that you should take right away.

  1. Since you are not at the location at the time of the accident, make sure that the injured person visits with a reputable doctor right away. Ask to see that report.
  1. If you have a friend or family member in the area, ask that person to visit the property when the accident happens, and ask that person to take as many photos as possible.
  1. Make sure that the injured person files an accident report at the hospital or with the police. This way, you can be sure that what happened has been accurately documented.
  1. Make your way back to the property as soon as possible – and make sure to review your insurance policy. You may also want to look into any injury policies that may be part of the service you used.

Following the steps above is important, but there are also some things that you should absolutely not do including:

  1. Do not take the person’s word and send or wire money to cover the cost of injuries
  1. Make sure that the doctor the person visits with is reputable – there are a lot of scams out there!
  1. Never alter the scene of an accident, no matter what.
  1. Do not lie and say that you were on the property when you were not. The truth always catches up to you!

Injured When Staying At Someone’s Home

So what do you do if you’ve rented a gorgeous property, and you become injured? Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the hospital right away, so that your injuries are documented.
  2. Take photos of the area where you fell
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Avoid These Common Hotel Personal Injury Accidents

Vacation is supposed to be a fun time for friends and family. The thought of having an accident or getting injured is something we all worry about before taking a trip, so we take all the necessary precautions to ensure we remain safe while traveling. What we don’t normally think about is our personal safety at hotels and resorts. Surprisingly enough, many vacationers are injured before they even have a chance to leave their hotel. Hotel accidents are common causes for personal injuries while traveling, but they can be avoided with the right knowledge. Continue reading to learn the most common hotel accidents and what to do if you are seriously injured at a hotel or vacation resort.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip, trip, and fall accidents are among the most common personal injury claims in the hospitality industry. In fact, they are also one of the most common accidents at airports. There are various causes for slip and fall accidents at hotels, including wet floors, uneven pavement, defective stair rails, ripped carpeting, warped floorboards, obstructions like cords and wire, poor lighting, and much more. Injuries that result from such accidents usually include orthopedic injuries, muscle injuries, and head injuries. Hotels have a duty of care to ensure their premises is safe for guests and employees, which includes staying on top of floor cleaning, maintenance, and safety.

Swimming Pool Accidents

Swimming pools are a major liability for a hotel or resort since so many things can go wrong involving guests. Swimming pools are prime targets for accidents, including head injuries, slipping and falling, drowning, and more. It is important to supervise children at all times, and to take heightened precaution when navigating around pool decks. Hotels have a duty of care to ensure their pools are safe and up to code. Pool decks should be textured to prevent slips, pool stairs should be properly lit and marked, liability and lifeguard signs should be in clear view, the water should be properly treated on a routine basis, filters should be changed, the area should be well lit, and so forth.

Defective Furniture

Although it is not something that would be obvious to the average person, defective furniture is a common problem at hotels. Often times, hotels will attempt to cut costs by repairing broken furniture themselves, rather than replacing it with new furniture. Sloppy and inexperienced handy work renders furniture unstable, therefore, unsafe. If a guest is using a piece of furniture, such as a chair, and it has been poorly repaired or assembled by the hotel staff, it can break and cause injuries to the guest. This is especially dangerous for toddlers, young children, and the elderly.

Premise Liability

As mentioned, hotels have a duty of care to ensure their premises are safe for everyone. Failing to do so reasonably can result in a premise liability lawsuit. They are obligated to maintain a safe environment, and prevent accidents wherever hazards may appear. Any accident that was reasonably foreseeable and easily …

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