Offering affordable, easy-to-book lodgings in Baltimore and cities throughout Maryland, Airbnb has become a popular alternative to hotels and motels since its debut in 2008. To become Airbnb hosts, renters or homeowners simply sign up through the app or website and offer a listing online. This allows guests to rent any type of lodging for days, weeks, or longer, usually at much lower cost than booking a hotel.
Unfortunately, the same loose regulation that makes Airbnb so convenient can also make it dangerous. Unlike conventional hotels or motels, which must comply with strict and explicit safety standards, the requirements surrounding Airbnb rentals are murkier and less rigorously enforced. Hosts often fail to maintain rental properties adequately, leading to hidden hazards and defects that cause preventable accidents. If you or one of your family members was injured at an Airbnb in Baltimore, Rice, Murtha & Psoras can help. Serving Baltimore and beyond, Randolph Rice is an experienced Airbnb accident lawyer handling all types of personal injury claims in Maryland. To set up a free legal consultation with Randolph Rice, contact us online today, or call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291.
Types of Airbnb Accident Lawsuits We Handle
Negligent property maintenance can cause all types of hazards to develop outside or inside of Airbnb rental properties. From slip and fall accidents on icy sidewalks or driveways, to injuries caused by porch or balcony collapses, careless property upkeep is often at fault for the victim’s injuries. Recovering compensation hinges on your ability to prove that Airbnb, individual hosts, or other parties (such as landlords) were negligent, leading to injuries that could have been prevented otherwise. Negligence is the failure to meet reasonable standards, leading to the avoidable death or injury of a party to whom the defendant owed a legal responsibility (known as the “duty of care”).
At Rice, Murtha & Psoras, we assist injured Airbnb guests with all types of personal injury claims against Airbnb, individual hosts, and negligent third parties. Types of Airbnb accident claims our law firm handles in the Baltimore area include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Airbnb fires
- Airbnb porch, fire escape, and balcony collapse accidents
- Airbnb slip and fall accidents
- Exposure to dangerous mold or toxic substances at an Airbnb rental
- Exposure to bed bugs and other harmful pests at an Airbnb rental
Types of injury claims with which we can assist you include:
- Back injuries and spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Bone fractures
- Burn injuries
- Joint injuries, such as shoulder, knee, and hip (pelvic) injuries
- Permanent disability or impairment
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including concussions
Can You Sue Airbnb for an Injury?
Determining liability for an Airbnb accident is a detailed and demanding process. Only a careful investigation will reveal which parties were liable for your accident, and to what extent. Depending on how and why your accident occurred, parties who may be liable or partially liable for your injuries include Airbnb, Airbnb hosts, and third parties, such as landlords and property managers.
A thorough accident investigation is especially critical in situations where Airbnb’s insurance coverage is likely to be exhausted by severe or complex injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is important to work with a personal injury lawyer who has specific experience in the area of Airbnb litigation, which is continually evolving as regulations around this new industry continue to grow and change.
An attorney with experience handling Airbnb injury claims in Baltimore, like Randolph Rice, can make sure that all methods of recovering compensation are fully and aggressively explored, whether that involves looking to homeowners insurance, renters insurance, or Airbnb host protection insurance, which provides up to $1 million in coverage in the event of a guest accident or injury. This limit, though potentially adequate for expenses resulting from bone fractures or other moderate injuries, can be quickly exhausted by permanent or catastrophic injuries, such as TBI or SCI. Randolph Rice will fight tirelessly in pursuit of every dollar and cent that your injuries entitle you to receive, including compensation for medical care you are expected to need for your injuries in the future.
Baltimore Airbnb Rental Injury Claim Attorney Serving Maryland
You may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, lost earnings, and other losses that you have sustained due to an Airbnb accident. If you, your spouse, or one of your family members was injured at an Airbnb rental in Baltimore, you should discuss the situation with an attorney to determine whether you have a claim.
For a free legal consultation with a Baltimore Airbnb injury attorney, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide assistance to injury victims throughout the Baltimore area.