New Haven Slip And Fall Accidents That Could Occur At A Vacation Rental

June 20, 2024
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Whether you’re renting out your shoreline home this summer or you’re someone who is visiting the area on vacation you should be on the lookout for these New Haven slip and fall accidents that could occur at a vacation rental. One of the things that makes vacation rentals particularly dangerous for this type of accident is your unfamiliarity with the home and the surroundings. When you’re in your own home you are comfortable and know where everything is, but when you’re in a rental you may become disorientated and have difficulty determining how to stay safe.

It is important that when you rent a vacation home or you are planning to rent out your own home as a vacation rental that you communicate with the renter or owner about any potential hazards that may exist in the home so you can be on the lookout for them. If you’re the owner of the property you may want to repair any lingering safety concerns before putting your home up for rent for the summer months so that you don’t put your tenants at risk of getting injured.

When you’re on vacation and you are renting a home that is unfamiliar in a community that is unfamiliar to you, you may need to spend a few minutes getting comfortable with your surroundings and looking out for unsafe conditions. While you would like to think that the due diligence has been done for you, in many cases it has not, so it is important that you do it and are able to take the steps necessary to flag any dangerous situations so you and your family or friends can have a fun and safe time while enjoying a new location for summer fun.

Here are a few things to look out for while considering the safety of your rental so you can avoid getting injured.

1.) The pool area. Isn’t it lovely to have a pool at your Summer vacation rental? It is, until that pool becomes a hazard. It is important if your rental has a pool that you inspect carefully before letting guests, especially kids, start using it. Loose stairs, slippery walkways and unmarked deep ends can lead to serious injuries and could really put a damper on your vacation.

2.) Decks/patios. If you’re in a rental that has a deck or a patio you will want to make sure there are no uneven surfaces on the patio or rotted out wood on the deck. These outdoor entertaining spaces can be wonderful to have, but if they are not properly maintained they can lead to some serious injuries. A loose or rotted out board of railing on a deck could lead to a fall from a high elevation and a serious injury. Uneven surfaces on a patio can leave one of your guests or family members at risk of tripping and landing on a hard surface that could cause an injury.

3.) Walkways, driveways and entryways. Once again, as you’re renting this home or apartment you will be in an unfamiliar space. There are, unfortunately, ample opportunities for you to have an incident and get hurt. Walkways, driveways and entryways are three of the most trafficked parts of a home and if you’re not careful you may be put in a situation where you get injured because of a misstep or an uneven surfaces. This can put you at risk of grave injury and in some cases death.

You never want to think about the possibility of being involved in a New Haven slip and fall accident when you are on vacation. In fact, it may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, if you take a few extra minutes to inspect the home you’re renting out or the home you’re staying in you will be in a much safer and better situation. Taking a few extra minutes at the start of your vacation can save you a whole lot of headaches at the end of your trip if something were to go wrong.

If you’re injured as the result of something that happens at a vacation rental you may need to speak with someone about your situation. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will review your situation and work with you to protect your long-term interests.