Is AIRBNB responsible for your injuries?

Posted by Patrick J. Walsh | Feb 06, 2024 | 0 Comments

Airbnb Rentals

Connecticut is a hot spot for tourists and a popular hub for business trips and transactions.

It is no wonder that Airbnb in such a lucrative venture in Connecticut.  Homeowners and renters alike can make extra cash off their properties, especially if they are a verified host. In most cases, rental rooms or houses are generally safe. However, accidents do occur. If you were injured in an Airbnb, you may wonder about who is responsible: the homeowner, Airbnb, or yourself.

At Hastings Cohan & Walsh, our experienced Connecticut premises liability attorneys will review your case to determine which party is at-fault for your damages. We will devote our time and effort into your case to ensure you get the compensation and justice you deserve.

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Does Airbnb Have a Duty to Keep Me Safe? To answer in short, yes. Like Uber and other community platforms, it is the duty of the company to perform a background check on all users in order to provide a safe environment for everyone. Of course, incidents happen. However, just like Uber and Lyft, they must show they have done their due diligence, and also have safety systems set in place.

Can I Sue Airbnb for Injuries at a Rental? In the event of an Airbnb injury, the homeowner and the company may battle it out and blame each other. When making a decision in a premises liability claim, Connecticut law refers to the following elements: Who owns the property? Who possesses it? Who controls it? Airbnb does not own the property, but they do have some control over the standards and the safety of the dwelling.

Premises Liability and Negligence

The main goal of a premises liability case is to prove the other party was negligent. To prove negligence, the injured victim will need to prove:

  1.  A duty of care was owed to the victim
  2. A breach of duty occurred
  3. The breach of the duty caused the accident
  4. The injured party suffered legally recognizable damages.

Breach of Duty: A breach of duty doesn't have to be a specific action. It could simply  mean that the defendant didn't do anything. For example, if the homeowner or renter doesn't make any effort to warn guests about dangers in the home or try to fix these issues, then this can be considered as a breach of duty. Slip and fall cases are very common under the breach of duty responsibilities, as even an unclean floor or crack in the pavement can cause a victim to become incredibly injured. In order to win a breach of duty case, you must prove that the homeowner had existing knowledge of the danger and did not take any steps to fix it. The court requires the plaintiff to show that the controlling party had knowledge of the danger. As a guest you will never be able to sue the hosts for a spill that they don't even know is there. That is why proper documentation including photos are vital to your case as they will assist in establishing knowledge on behalf of the owner.

Contact Hastings Cohan and Walsh if you have sustained injuries as a result of a premises liability accident, our premises liability attorneys at can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  Don't delay call us today.

About the Author

Patrick J. Walsh

Patrick J. Walsh has ranked on National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the past several years and received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award twice. Practicing law for over 23 years.


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