NYC Airbnb Rental Injury Lawyer
Airbnb has quickly become the preferred option for travelers that wish to save money while enjoying their vacation. While an Airbnb rental typically does not have the amenities offered at a hotel, the low prices and often scenic locations are enough to attract travelers. However, some Airbnb hosts may only try to show the desirable portions of their listing while concealing the property defects. If you or a family member was injured at an Airbnb property, contact an experienced NYC Airbnb rental injury lawyer.
The injury lawyers at Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP are prepared to offer you the legal representation you deserve to pursue compensation for an accident at an Airbnb. You should not have to bear the consequences of an accident that occurred because an Airbnb host failed to provide you with the necessary details concerning the property. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options, contact Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP at (718) 843-0300, or contact us online.
What to Do if You are Injured at an Airbnb in New York City
Airbnb is a property rental service that allows homeowners to rent their residential homes to guests. Similar to companies like Uber and Lyft, Airbnb acts as an intermediary between the property host and the renter. This means if you are injured at an Airbnb property, there are multiple parties that you must deal with if you wish to pursue compensation for your injuries.
If you are injured at an Airbnb, you should take the following actions to preserve your case if you have to turn to litigation against Airbnb and a host.
Seek Medical Attention for Your Injury
If you suffer an injury at an Airbnb property, your first priority should be to seek medical attention to deal with your injury. You should not assume that you only suffered a mild injury that will eventually heal over time. For example, if you had a slip and fall accident on the property and you struck your head on a hard surface, there is a possibility that you sustained a traumatic brain injury whether you are aware of it or not.
Be sure to inform the medical staff of how you received your injuries so that you can receive adequate treatment. Understanding the extent of your injuries is important if you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Document the Scene of the Accident
It is also crucial to document the scene of the accident and the property defect that caused the accident. Airbnb hosts attract renters to their listing by not only describing the property but also by taking a plethora of pictures of the property. The description, photos, and rules of the property are often what influences a person’s choice to rent the property.
If an Airbnb host fails to mention any hazardous conditions that could injure a guest on the property, they diminish the renter’s ability to make an informed decision to rent the property. That is why it is important to document the scene of the accident, especially if the host did not mention the dangerous condition that caused your accident. For example, if you fell and broke a bone because the property owner did not warn you of a loose handrailing on the property, they could be liable for your injury.
Be sure to take photographs of the property defect that caused your accident and to thoroughly document how the accident happened. You should also take pictures of any injuries that you sustained. These photographs will greatly aid your case, especially if the host attempts to repair or conceal the defect to avoid your injury claim.
Inform the Host and Airbnb As Soon as Possible
It is important to inform the host of the property and Airbnb directly that you were injured while staying at a property. Airbnb has a $1,000,000 insurance policy that automatically covers hosts in the event that a renter is injured when they were staying at an Airbnb property.
If the million dollar policy is not enough to cover your medical expenses because you suffered a severe injury, then you will likely want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. As mentioned, there could be multiple parties that are liable for an accident that occurs at an Airbnb. For example, if the property is owned by a group of people or a business, your case may become more complex.
Our firm can help you manage your personal injury claim against a negligent Airbnb host that should be held liable for their actions.
NYC Airbnb Premises Liability Attorneys You Can Trust
If your vacation was ruined because of an accident at the Airbnb you rented, contact an experienced NYC premises liability attorney. The legal team at Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP possess decades of combined legal experience, and we would be proud to utilize this knowledge to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP at (718) 843-0300.