What kind of accidents can happen at an AirBNB?An AirBNB is maintained by a property owner and rented out via the AirBNB website. The property owners must ensure that there are no hazards present in the house or on the property. Common hazards include:
- Broken stairs
- Faulty appliances
- Defective pools
- Cracks and potholes
- Carbon monoxide emissions
- Bed bugs and other vermin
Can I sue AirBNB directly for an injury (accident) on their property?In order to file an injury claim with AirBNB, you must show that you were hurt via a premises liability lawsuit. As a guest, you are considered an invitee, or someone who has entered the property for a mutual benefit (such as a customer in a store). You are not a licensee, or social guest, because you paid for the stay. Anyone involved in the hospitality business should have ample insurance to cover potential damages and injuries to the guests. Homeowners generally have insurance to cover damages to guests, but if they are using their homes for commercial purposes, the insurance company will not pay out any compensation. Therefore, AirBNB must shoulder the responsibility of the damages, even though it claims to not be liable and that the host assumes all responsibility. AirBNB can be held further accountable if they do not take necessary precautions to protect guests. They may not screen hosts or homes, and they may allow certain locations to be rented despite having poor reviews, dangers on the property, and more. The company generally provides protection (with exception) for damages done to the home so the host does not have to pay much, but the fact that many guests are in limbo is an issue. To remedy this problem, you should contact an AirBNB accident attorney.
How can I sue AirBNB for injuries from an accident?If you wish to sue AirBNB for injuries suffered while staying at a home, you must have ample evidence and you must be able to prove that there was some kind of negligent action. You will be filing a premises liability claim that essentially shows that the property owner either caused the hazard, knew about the issue and took no action, or was unaware of it yet reasonably should have known that it was present. Your very first step should be to go to the hospital or doctor to get treatment. If you do not get the necessary treatment, your injuries may worsen. Additionally, if you delay the appointment, the insurance agent can claim that you were hurt elsewhere and you simply saw an opportunity to blame AirBNB and the host. After going to the doctor, be sure to keep all medical notes, receipts, medication prescriptions, and any other related evidence. Next, take photos of your injuries, the AirBNB location and the hazard, and more. You can record videos as well if it will benefit you. It is very important that you hold on to any receipts, documents, bank statements, and proof of booking that you made with AirBNB. You will not be able to receive anything if you cannot prove that you were actually a customer. If you stayed with anyone else, you can ask the guests for their statements and testimonies. It will be important for you to get additional perspectives from people who also noticed the hazard or saw the accident so that you are not the only one with evidence. File an incident report with AirBNB to ensure that they know that an accident happened and that you were injured. They will have a record of your stay and will be able to communicate with both you and the host for necessary discussions and exchanges of information moving forward. Lastly, you should reach out to a skilled AirBNB accident attorney who can file your claim for you. You may not have any legal experience, and it is recommended that you hire someone who does. We have the necessary time and knowledge required to negotiate a fair deal and prove that the law is on your side. You can focus on recovering from your injuries instead of on a lengthy legal claim.
What kind of compensation can I win from an AirBNB accident?There are various types of compensation you can win in a lawsuit against AirBNB if you were hurt while on the premises. We can ensure that you are fully covered, including for damages such as:
- Medical bills from the past and future for time spent getting treatments, surgery, medication, physical therapy, and more
- Lost income from time spent away from work, and future wages if you could not go to work because of recovery or treatment
- Property damage if your personal items were destroyed or lost in the incident
- Pain and suffering damages to cover emotional trauma and psychological distress from the accident