Most of us eagerly await the vacation that we spent time and money planning, whether it is for a weekend getaway to somewhere local or a week-long break in an exotic locale. Regardless of what type of vacation you take, the odds are that you are excited to get away from the demands of your everyday life and relax or explore wherever you are staying. While this may sound perfect, the reality is often a bit different. Vacation accidents can damper any fun you may have planned, especially if it results in serious injuries.
There are approximately 375 million travelers in the United States, some of whom get injured in accidents and require the legal assistance of an experienced attorney. The bottom line is that it is common to get injured while on vacation and it helps to know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Common Vacation Injuries
Injuries are the leading cause of tourists seeking medical attention while traveling. An accident can occur while you are walking or driving around a place you are not familiar with, you may fall in a cracked sidewalk while looking at a map, or you may get hit by a car while riding the bicycle you rented for sight seeing. Whatever caused your accident, if you suffered serious injuries you need to immediately seek medical attention.
Common vacation injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Internal injuries
5 Important Steps to Consider If Injured While on Vacation
If you were seriously injured while on vacation, you need to take some basic steps to legally protect yourself and your ability to file a claim against the negligent party. Below are five important steps you should take if you injured while on vacation:
- Wherever the injury occurred, inform someone that you have been hurt. For example, if you had a slip and fall accident at a hotel lobby, you should immediately inform a hotel employee.
- Seek medical attention. Even if you think your injuries are not severe, it is important that you get medical help right away. Although you may not want to spoil your vacation by going to the hospital or a medical clinic, delaying medical treatment may make matters worse.
- Get the contact information for any medical providers who provided you treatment. You should also obtain medical records from the facility.
- Take pictures of where the accident occurred.
- Obtain contact information for all parties involved in the accident and any individuals who may have witnessed the accident.
Call Us Today!
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries while on vacation, you may have the right to file suit against the negligent party. Our experienced personal injury attorneys in New York can protect your legal rights and help you obtain the full compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our travel accident attorneys, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.