How to Handle an Injury When You’re on Vacation
by Jane Joseph | Last Updated: June 24, 2020
It is summertime, school is out, and many people are taking trips and vacations with their friends and family. And while we hope you never have to experience an unfortunate incident or accident while on vacation, injuries and accidents do happen, so it is important to be prepared and know what steps to take.
Handling an injury away from home can be complicated, especially if you are vacationing out of state. Each state has different laws regarding personal injury accidents, so it is important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Whether your injury takes place at a hotel, on a cruise ship, or out and about when sight-seeing, Chaffin Luhana can help you navigate the waters of a personal injury accident while on vacation.
Follow the steps below if you or a loved one becomes injured, and we can help you get the treatment and compensation you deserve.
First, it is essential to notify the establishment and someone in charge that the incident that took place. The appropriate personnel should create an injury report detailing the incident. Be sure they have all of the correct details because this documentation will be important to your claim.
Next, document the scene and collect relevant contact information. No matter what type of accident or injury took place, it is important to take pictures of the damage, injuries, and surrounding area, as well as gather witness statements and contact information. Photographic evidence and witness statements will prove invaluable if your claim is disputed.
It is also important to seek necessary medical attention. If you were involved in an accident of any kind, motor vehicle, slip and fall, or other negligence related injury, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you do not think you have sustained an injury, soft tissue injuries, like whiplash, often take a few days or weeks to appear. So contact a doctor for an evaluation as soon as possible.
Finally, it is crucial to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for your rights. A lawyer will help determine if you have a valid claim. If you were injured while on vacation, contact Chaffin Luhana today for a free case review.