Take These Steps If You Are Injured While On Vacation
Posted on Aug 17, 2018 in Personal Injury
Vacation is supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation, free from worry. Take a load off, get away for a while. Hashtag recharge. Life in a Corona Extra commercial. You know the drill.
But what happens if you are injured while on vacation? You will likely find yourself in a situation that is distressing, surrounded by unknowns, and potentially expensive. Not only will you have to deal with your physical injuries, and any potential mental and monetary ramifications. There’s the added logistical complications of dealing with all these things in a place that’s unfamiliar to you.
Below, we’ve outlined some tips and strategies for dealing with this situation.
Take Care of Yourself First
First and foremost, the most important thing to take care of following an injury is yourself. Especially if you are injured while on vacation, it can be easy to get caught up in all the logistic complications. Will this disrupt my schedule? Will I be able to drive or fly? Should I talk to an attorney? Why didn’t I buy the rental car insurance?
All these thoughts can wait. You can deal with them later (well, except maybe the last one, but it’s not like that will haunt you forever or anything, right? right?). But seriously: your health is the most important thing.
Of course, if you were at home when your injury occurred, you’d likely already have a trusted doctor you could call on. When you’re traveling, how do you find a doctor that you know will be credible and on such short notice?
If you have health insurance, call your provider. They can link you with doctors in your network in the area, which will help cut down on cost. Online reviews can be hit or miss, but asking a local is sometimes helpful. Talk to the concierge at your hotel, or someone in the service industry.
Contact an Attorney
If your injury was the result of negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. It’s always wise to talk to an attorney before trying to negotiate with insurance companies on your own.
Many insurance companies will try to lowball settlements right out of the gate, to settle the dispute as quickly and as cheaply as possible, before lawyers get involved. Unfortunately, people miss out on thousands of dollars all too often this way. An experienced personal injury attorney can deal with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure you get the full compensation you deserve.
If you’re injured while traveling, it’s in your best interest to contact an attorney practicing law in the jurisdiction where the injury occurred. Laws often vary in nuanced ways from state to state, and the lawyer will be more experienced with the laws and courts specific to their area. Additionally, if you live far away, a local lawyer may be able to represent for you in your stead and save you money on travel.
Have You Been Injured While Visiting New Orleans?
At Bloom Legal, we represent a number of clients from out of state and even overseas. Our experienced Personal Injury lawyers are on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your calls and questions. We pride ourself on top notch communication and service.
We understand how stressful and intense, even life-altering, a serious injury can be. We will fight for you and won’t rest until you are fully compensated for your pain and suffering. We want to make a difficult and unfortunate situation as easy to deal with as possible. If you were injured while visiting New Orleans, contact us today for a free consultation.