Vacation Rental Property Accidents

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When you’re on vacation, you’re there to relax and reap the rewards of your labor throughout the year. The last thing on your mind when you’re in vacation mode is being injured as a result of the vacation rental property itself. Unfortunately, however, not all property owners and managers who are responsible for taking care of these properties put in the effort that is necessary to keep them reasonably safe for their paying guests – like you. If a vacation rental property leaves you or a member of your family injured, an experienced South Carolina premises liability attorney is on your side and well prepared to help.

Common Problems

There are certain kinds of accidents that are commonly associated with vacation rental property accidents.

Tripping Hazards

While slip and falls are the most common accidents going and can happen anywhere for nearly any reason, they are often caused by tripping hazards that are not attended to in a timely manner. When a vacation property manager fails to check for tripping hazards and to eliminate those found, to mitigate those found, and/or to adequately warn guests about those hazards that can’t be immediately rectified, it makes dangerous tripping accidents far more likely. Common hazards include:

  • Uneven doorways and entrances
  • Poorly maintained outdoor walkways
  • Dangerously frayed, torn, cracked, ripped, or otherwise worn floor coverings
  • Inadequate lighting makes the safe passage more difficult
  • Missing or damaged hand railings
  • Naturally slippery floor surfaces
  • Awkward structural elements
  • Poorly designed, constructed, or maintained stairways (slip and falls from heights such as stairs are the most dangerous of all)

The list could go on, but the primary point is that owners and managers of vacation rental properties owe their guests a duty of care that includes carefully monitoring for tripping and slipping risks and for taking care of those risks that are uncovered.


You’re on vacation, and having a pool on your vacation rental property only makes things that much more fun. Poorly maintained and/or designed pools, however, can be exceptionally dangerous. Slipping hazards on wet pool area surfaces are common, but there is much more to it than that. Consider all the following:

  • Without an adequate cover and surrounding gate, a pool can tempt an unsuspecting child into harm’s way.
  • A faulty filtering system can become an underwater trap.
  • Inadequate lighting makes accidents more likely.
  • Diving boards up a pool’s inherent danger considerably.
  • Pool decks that are cramped and crowded with furniture and/or anything else pose serious tripping hazards.

Inadequate Security

When you’re on vacation, the goal is to relax and let go of your worries and concerns. If your vacation rental property lacks adequate security measures, however, you may be at greater risk than you recognize. Examples include:

  • Inadequate lighting
  • Inadequate locks that can fail to keep the uninvited out
  • Faulty windows that can be jimmied open
  • Cramped indoor and outdoor walkways that pose a serious danger by leaving you trapped and hidden

General Safety

There are also general safety concerns that property owners and managers are responsible for covering. For example, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors must be placed appropriately throughout the property and must be properly maintained. Other concerns include keeping air conditioning and heating units well maintained and much more.

Your Losses

If you’ve been injured in a vacation rental accident, the losses you face are likely to be considerable – and it doesn’t help that you’re away from home at the time.

Your Medical Care

It’s important that your premises liability claim addresses all of your losses, but serious physical injuries can evolve over time – requiring even more medical services and expenses in the process. Secondary health concerns can also develop. Common medical expenses include:

  • Emergency care and transportation
  • Surgical care
  • Hospitalization
  • Care and treatment from doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals
  • Pain management
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Prescription medications
  • Medical treatments, procedures, and tests

Your Lost Income

While you recover from the physical injuries you’ve incurred, you will inevitably miss time on the job, which goes hand in hand with lost earnings. If your injuries stop you from doing your job or continuing to grow your career, the financial consequences can be even more profound, and because our careers are so closely tied with our identities, you may also face profound emotional consequences.

Your Physical and Emotional Pain and Suffering

Many accident victims fail to recognize the serious consequences of the pain and suffering they endure. Such effects can interfere with your ability to live your fullest life post-accident and, when very serious, can prove emotionally crippling. Some of the most common manifestations of pain and suffering include:

  • Severe mood swings
  • Increased anxiety can include anxiety attacks
  • Accident flashbacks
  • Sleep disturbances that can include terrifying nightmares
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Bouts of depression
  • A tendency to self-isolate
  • Emotional lability

Such consequences can prove debilitating and should be addressed head-on in your vacation rental property accident claim.

Don’t Delay Consulting with An Experienced Charleston Premises Liability Attorney

If you have been injured as a result of a vacation rental property accident, the fact that you are away from home makes this already challenging event that much more so. The damages you face are likely to be extensive, but regaining your health and well-being is paramount, which makes consulting with an experienced premises liability attorney in your best interest. The driven premises liability attorneys at David Aylor Law Offices in South Carolina understand the gravity of the challenges you face and are committed to employing their impressive experience and legal skill in pursuit of your claim’s best possible outcome. To learn more about how we can help you, please do not wait to contact or call us at 843-548-1574 to schedule your free case evaluation today.

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