Whether you’re visiting Tucson from another state or planning a nearby staycation, renting an Airbnb can be a convenient and affordable option. Although Airbnb is increasingly popular and often preferable to staying in hotels, these temporary homes are not without hazards. Accidents happen, and when they do, the negligent parties must be held responsible.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident at an Arizona Airbnb, continue reading to learn more about your rights, or contact our Tucson location to schedule a free case review with our Tucson Airbnb accident & injury attorney.
Premises Liability at an Arizona Airbnb
Premises liability is the legal doctrine that enables you to pursue damages after being injured on someone else’s property. To have a legitimate premises liability claim after an Airbnb accident, you must show that the Airbnb owner was aware of a dangerous condition or should have been aware of it. Examples of premises liability claims include:
- Leg injury from stepping through an old or rotten floor
- Head injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall accident
- Burns after a house fire
- Severe injuries sustained in a ceiling collapse
After suffering from any type of injury at an Airbnb, you should speak with a qualified Airbnb accident lawyer. It is better to get answers about the claims process from someone who wants to represent you than from an insurance adjuster who is hoping to deny your claim or reduce your settlement.
For a free legal consultation with a airbnb accident & injury lawyer serving Tucson, call 866-499-8989
Pain and Suffering Compensation in a Tucson Airbnb Case
Pain and suffering could be the most significant portion of your personal injury claim. Your pain and suffering encompass the physical, emotional, and mental distress you experienced as a result of your injury.
A common way for an attorney to calculate pain and suffering damages is using the multiplier method. First, we will sum up the rest of the damages you have incurred, such as medical bills and lost wages. We will then assign a multiplier to your case, which is typically a number between one and five.
The more severe your injuries and the more egregious the host’s negligence, the higher the multiplier will be. Multiplying the sum of your injuries by that multiplier will determine the amount of pain and suffering we can recover. The insurance company will often try to use a lower multiplier or a different calculation method, but an experienced lawyer will fight for what is fair.
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Airbnb’s Host Protection Insurance
One good thing about staying at an Airbnb is that it provides host protection coverage for its rental properties. Airbnb’s host protection provides $1 million in liability coverage for guests injured at Airbnbs. This coverage is intended to compensate guests for all types of damages they may incur.
In some cases, the host may have other coverage in addition to what Airbnb provides. If Airbnb’s insurance coverage doesn’t cover something or if your damages exceed $1 million, you will need to go after the host. Airbnb’s coverage has exceptions and may deny compensation for the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents on the premises
- Natural disasters
- Asbestos or bedbugs
- Intentional acts such as assault and battery
Dealing with Insurance Companies
Like any insurance claim, an Airbnb claim can be tricky. The insurance adjuster may seem amicable, but please realize that they are representing the other side and working to reduce the amount their company has to pay out.
There are a few ways the insurance company will try to do this. After receiving your demand letter, the adjuster will often try to pick apart various aspects of your claim. They may try to argue that you were not injured or that your treatment was unnecessary.
The insurance adjuster may try to get you to accept a lowball offer. They might pretend that they are not allowed to settle your claim for a higher amount so that you will agree to less compensation than you need. They may even try to blame you for the accident.
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Gathering Evidence for an Airbnb Claim
To build a solid case, you will need to provide evidence showing how the accident happened, the severity of the accident, and how your injuries have affected your life. It’s essential that you see a doctor who will treat and document your injuries. You should take pictures of your injuries and the hazard that caused your accident.
You should also look into whether the Airbnb where you stayed had surveillance cameras, and if so, get a copy of the relevant video. An experienced lawyer can help you collect evidence and use it to put together a convincing claim that the insurance company can’t ignore.
Time Limit in Arizona for Filing a Personal Injury Claim
Please note that you do not have unlimited time to file a personal injury claim. Most states have a time limit for filing a claim called a statute of limitations, and Arizona is no exception.
Arizona’s statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years from the injury date, as outlined in Arizona Revised Statutes §12-542. Cases filed after the two-year deadline may be dismissed for failure to file within a timely manner. There are a few exceptions to the two-year deadline; however, it applies in most situations.
Contact Our Tucson Airbnb Accident & Injury Attorneys
If you were injured at an Airbnb due to another party’s negligence, you deserve compensation. The insurance company will be working to reduce your claim, but an attorney will fight for a fair settlement or court award. Your personal injury attorney can also help you receive medical care while you wait for your claim to be settled.
Our Tucson Airbnb accident & injury attorneys work on contingency, which means we only get paid when you do. The sooner we get started on your case, the sooner we can begin gathering and preserving vital evidence to help bolster your claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.