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What to do if you are injured when staying at a vacation home

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY - Personal Injury

Vacation rentals offer a home-away-from-home experience, but unforeseen accidents can still occur. Knowing the proper steps to take if you sustain an injury at a short-term rental is important for ensuring your well-being.

From minor injuries, such as slips or falls to life-threatening drowning leaves vacation memories stained by physical and mental pain.

Seek immediate medical attention

In the event of an injury, prioritize your health and safety. Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries, regardless of their severity.

Document the scene

Once you have ensured your well-being, document the scene of the accident. Take photographs of the area where the injury occurred, including anything that may have contributed to the incident. These photos can serve as valuable evidence if needed later.

Notify the owner

Inform the property manager of the vacation rental about the situation. Provide a detailed account of what happened, including the date, time and circumstances surrounding the injury. This step is essential for both your safety and to ensure that the property owner is aware of any potential hazards on their premises.

Obtain witness statements

If there were witnesses to the incident, ask for their contact information. Request written documents describing their observations. Witness statements can provide additional perspectives on the circumstances leading to the injury.

Review rental documents

Every state and municipaly has their own laws regarding short-term rentals. Don’t forget to examine the lease agreement and insurance policies. Familiarize yourself with any clauses or provisions related to injuries and liability. Understanding the terms can help you navigate the situation and determine the appropriate course of action.

Experiencing an injury at a vacation rental can be unsettling. With planning and organization, you can navigate the aftermath of the incident responsibly and effectively.