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What to Do If You’re Injured at a VRBO Property

Jun 4, 2024 | Insurance, Personal Injury

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In the evolving landscape of vacation rentals, VRBO has emerged as a popular alternative to traditional hotels, offering unique and often more personal accommodation experiences. However, with the rise in popularity, guests sustaining injuries at these properties have also become more common. Here’s what you need to understand about handling such unfortunate events, with expert insight from Walker Texas Lawyer.

Understanding Liability in VRBO Stays

When you choose to stay at a VRBO property, you’re entering into a direct contract with the property owner, unlike a hotel where the establishment holds broader liability. This distinction can significantly affect where liability falls in the unfortunate event of an injury.

Property owners who list their homes on VRBO must have at least $1 million in liability insurance that covers rental activities. However, not all do, and policies vary greatly. As a guest, it’s very important for you to ask about the specifics of these policies before your stay.

Airbnb vs. VRBO: Is There a Difference in Coverage?

While Airbnb has instituted a company-wide liability insurance policy that provides up to $1 million in protection for hosts against guest injuries, VRBO’s approach places more responsibility on individual property owners to maintain their insurance policies. This can lead to variances in coverage and protections for guests.

Steps to Take If Injured at a VRBO Property

  • Seek Medical Attention: Your health is paramount. Ensure you get the necessary medical care immediately following an injury.
  • Document Everything: Take detailed photos of your injuries and the scene where the injury occurred. If possible, note any hazardous conditions that contributed to the incident.
  • Collect Evidence: Gather contact information from any witnesses and keep all medical records and receipts related to your injury.
  • Notify the Property Owner: Inform them of the incident immediately, providing a clear account of what happened.
  • File a Claim: Start the claims process through the property owner’s insurance if applicable. This can be complex, and the coverage might have limitations.
  • Consult with Walker Texas Lawyer: Before accepting any settlements or navigating the claims process alone, seek the expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney.

How Walker Texas Lawyer Can Help

Walker Texas Lawyer understands the unique aspects of injuries sustained at VRBO properties and how they differ from hotel-related incidents. The firm brings deep knowledge of Texas law, recognizing anyone paying to stay at a property as a business invitee. This status affords guests similar protections to what they would have at a hotel, placing significant responsibility on property owners.

Our team is versed in the nuances of navigating claims against VRBO properties and their owners, including tackling complex issues around liability and insurance coverage. We are committed to ensuring our clients receive the compensation they deserve for injuries sustained, handling everything from negotiations with insurance companies to litigation, if necessary.

Contact Walker Texas Lawyer for Expert Representation

Don’t navigate the aftermath alone if you’ve been injured at a VRBO property. Contact Walker Texas Lawyer for a free consultation. We’re here to help protect your rights and you’re compensated fairly for your injuries. Remember, in most personal injury cases, you pay nothing unless you recover. Reach out to us and let our expertise work for you.

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