VRBO, pronounced “verb-oh”, is a popular vacation rental company that allows travelers to rent people’s homes or apartments instead of staying in a hotel. We South Florida residents know that tourism is a huge industry, with thousands of people visiting our beautiful beaches every year, and as tourists seek more flexible accommodation options we’ve seen an increase in VRBO’s popularity. 

Although it’s unpleasant to think about, accidents happen while guests are staying at their VRBO rentals, which raises important questions about liability, damages, and compensation. When you have an accident at a traditional hotel or resort, you call the front desk and speak with the manager about how to move forward. But with VRBO, because each host is an independent home owner, the process can be a little more complex when it comes to determining liability. 

In this article, we explain how to recover after an accident at a VRBO rental. If you have any questions, or want to speak with someone about your VRBO accident, please contact us today. Our experienced team will be happy to discuss your situation and talk to you about your rights.

How do VRBO rental accidents happen?

Most of us could walk through our own homes with our eyes closed, but when we’re in a new environment, things that are seemingly ordinary can be hazards. Some of the most common causes of VRBO accidents include:

  • Damaged or uneven flooring. Slippery tile floors and bunched up carpeting can be very hazardous to guests, especially in an unfamiliar environment or low lighting. Falling due to damaged or uneven flooring can result in serious injuries that quickly ruin your vacation. 
  • Dangerous staircases without handrails. You can easily lose your balance when ascending or descending an unsafe staircase, especially in a home you’re not familiar with. 
  • Unclean drinking water. Many of us take for granted the fact that we can drink directly from the tap in our kitchen sink, but this isn’t the case for all homes.
  • Unsafe parking lots. Unfortunately, car thefts and robberies happen, and parking lots with inadequate lighting can be popular targets.

How to recover if you’ve sustained injuries at a VRBO rental

First, please seek medical attention if you need it. Second, contact your VRBO host and let them know about the accident and any injuries you’ve sustained. Next, take photos of the area where the accident occurred – we recommend taking as many photos as possible from every angle, and make sure the lighting is good so you can clearly see the areas in each photograph. 

Once you’ve sought medical attention if necessary, notified your VRBO host, and taken photos, please contact an experienced legal team who can help you get the compensation you deserve for any damages, including injuries. Recovering after an accident is often a stressful and confusing time, so you need an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the process. 

VRBO hosts have an obligation to provide their guests with safe accommodation, and despite hosts taking the appropriate precautions, accidents do occur and sometimes they’re very serious, resulting in extensive injuries, the inability to work, and other disruptions to your daily life.  

If you’ve been involved in an accident while staying at a VRBO rental in South Florida, and have questions about what you should do next, please contact our team at Mausner Graham Injury Law today. You need professional legal guidance throughout this process, and we look forward to helping you.