Did you suffer devastating injuries while staying in a hotel or Airbnb? You are not without legal recourse. You can hold the liable party accountable and recover compensation for all the ways your life has been affected by your injuries and the incident itself. Contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer today to understand your rights and best ways to proceed.
Common Injuries You Could Experience at a Hotel or Airbnb
Whether you are staying at an Airbnb or a hotel, injuries can happen in various ways. The type of injury you sustain can impact your legal options in the future. Examples of the types of injuries seen most often in hotel and Airbnb accidents include:
- Knee injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken ribs, arms, and other bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Neck injuries
- Contusions and abrasions
- Internal injuries
- Herniated discs
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Common Causes for Injuries at Hotels & Airbnbs
Hotel and Airbnb accidents are often considered a type of premises liability claim. This is because property owners are obligated to ensure the safety of the premises at all times. When they fail to do so, they can cause severe accidents and injuries.
Examples of accidents that cause hotel and Airbnb injuries include:
- Swimming pool accidents
- Negligent security
- Explosions or fires
- Escalator or elevator accidents
- Ladder accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Building collapse
- Inadequate maintenance
- Broken gates, fencing, or alarm systems
- Lack of sufficient lighting
What to Do if You’re Injured at a Hotel or Airbnb
The next steps you take will be critical when you have been injured in an Airbnb or hotel accident. You should:
- Take photos of your injuries
- Obtain video footage of the accident
- Get the contact information of any witnesses
- Receive medical attention for your injuries
What Insurance Does a Hotel or Airbnb Have?
Insurance policies vary widely based on the Airbnb or hotel you choose to stay in. Generally, Airbnb offers host protection insurance, which provides hosts and guests up to $1 million in liability insurance for property damage or guest injuries.
To access these benefits, you need to be prepared to file a claim with Airbnb’s insurance company, as you would if you were involved in a motor vehicle accident. You may also have the opportunity to file a claim with the Airbnb owner’s landlord insurance, homeowner’s insurance, renters’ insurance, or your travel insurance company.
However, you may need more than Airbnb’s insurance coverage to meet your needs sufficiently. Their coverage likely applies to specific damages and leaves out essential items like vehicles or mobile equipment.
Hotels may have general liability insurance policies that act the same way as Airbnb insurance policies. The amount of available coverage depends on the type of insurance the hotel purchased.
Who’s At Fault for a Hotel or Airbnb Injury?
Proving another party’s negligence will be essential if you hope to recover compensation for your Airbnb or hotel injuries. Typically, the property owner where the accident occurred will be at fault. This is generally because they failed to make necessary repairs, make hazardous conditions obvious, or engage in some other type of negligence.
Poor construction and defective equipment or parts also cause these types of accidents. When this happens, the following parties can also share blame:
- Product manufacturers
- Construction workers
- Contractors and subcontractors
- Other third parties
Generally, you will not file a claim against the hotel itself or Airbnb, as they will have liability measures that protect them. However, suppose your premises liability attorney uncovers evidence that shows Airbnb or the hotel owner was negligent in upholding their duty of care.
Pursue an Injury Claim with Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers, LLC
When you stay in a hotel or Airbnb, you should be able to do so without suffering severe injury or illness. However, when negligent or irresponsible property owners and other parties cause your injuries, you can hold them accountable and recover compensation for your damages.
When you contact Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers, LLC for a no-cost, risk-free consultation, learn more about the value of your Airbnb or hotel injury claim. You can reach us through our online contact form or by phone at (702) 935-1762 to start working on your case today.