A Michigan Vrbo injury lawyer can help if you or someone you care about suffered harm at a vacation rental property. Short-term and long-term vacation visits often result in travel accidents.

What is Vrbo?

The Buckfire Law Firm represents guests injured in Vrbo vacation home rentals. Vrbo stands for “Vacation Rentals by Owners.” It is a vacation rental online marketplace for private property owners to list their homes, condos, beach houses, and cabins on the company website or mobile app.

In May 2022 alone, the Vrbo website had over 46 million visits. And, the Vrbo app was downloaded more than 13 million times. The ease of use and booking is a major reason for its success.

Vacationers search the online database by geographic location and date range to find available rental properties. The rental is then booked with the property owner for the specified time period. Payment is made online most often with a credit card. The owner, or “host,” pays a fee to the company.

Common Types of Vrbo Injury Accidents

VRBO accidents encompass a wide range of cases, including:

  • Slip and fall injuries;
  • Trip and fall accidents;
  • Fires, including the lack of fire alarms and sprinklers;
  • Burns, from defective heaters;
  • Scalding burns from defective hot water heaters;
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning from furnaces;
  • Hidden cameras in rooms and bathrooms;
  • Bed bugs and spider bites;
  • Injuries to children and babies from defective conditions.

Can I Sue for an Injury at a Vrbo property?

A Vrbo host may be liable for injuries suffered by a guest due to a dangerous or defective condition at the property. Under Michigan law, the guest is owed the highest legal duty of care. This means you can sue the Vrbo host for failing to make premises safe or not warning you of any known dangers.

Most claims are based on legal theories of negligence. This means that the person renting the property acted in disregard for the safety of the guests. This could include property defects on the property itself, like a broken step or faulty electrical wiring. To win a case, it must be proven that the owner knew or should have known of the hazardous condition and failed to repair it or warn the guest.

If you are an injured guest, you should immediately report the incident to the owner and Vrbo.  You will want to file a written report to document your injury. A timely e-mail will often suffice.

In addition, take photographs and videos on your cell phone of any dangerous conditions. This will be valuable evidence later on in support of your claim.

Where is the Lawsuit Filed?

If a case does not settle before filing a lawsuit, the litigation is generally filed in the county where the vacation rental is located. For out-of-state visitors staying at a Vrbo in Michigan, it may be possible to file the case in their home state. However, the most likely location will be in Michigan which is why it is important to hire a Michigan personal injury lawyer if the rental property is in this state.

Does a Vrbo have liability insurance?

Yes. Most Vrbo owners have their own liability insurance to cover any injuries that occur to guests and visitors on the property. In addition, many purchase $1 million in Vrbo liability insurance.
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How much are Vrbo settlements?

There is no set guideline for VRBO settlements. Under Michigan law, settlement compensation includes payment of money for your physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, and any scars or disfigurements resulting from the accident. In addition, you can claim your medical bills and lost wages related to your VRBO injury accident. There is no dollar limit to these damages.

Contact Our Michigan Vrbo Injury Lawyers Today

To get started on your case, contact our award-winning Michigan Vrbo injury attorneys now. We will listen to your story and let you know if qualify for a settlement.

We will represent you under our No Fee Promise. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement. If you do not get a settlement, you owe us nothing!

For immediate help, contact Vrbo injury lawyers at Buckfire Law now to start your case.

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