You have waited all year to go on your much-needed, long-planned vacation. The last thing you expect is an accident that will disrupt your chance to relax and enjoy your time. Unfortunately, injuries can and do happen anywhere and anytime – even during vacation.
Although you may not want to think about it, it is important to be prepared for the unexpected when you are traveling. Typical vacation activities can put you at serious risks, including car accidents, slip and falls, bicycle accidents, recreational activities, and more. Any injury can put a serious damper on your vacation, but you can minimize the impacts of the accident on your life by taking important steps immediately after the accident.
Steps to Take to Protect Your Health and Your Legal Rights After an Accident
Getting hurt on vacation can be very distressing and painful. However, by taking the following steps, you can put yourself on a path to recovery and compensation:
Report your injury: If you slipped and fell in a public or private place, it is important to immediately report the incident to a manager on duty or the property owner. If you were involved in a motor vehicle collision, you should call 911 or file a report with the local police agency.
Document the scene of the accident: If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident, your injuries and any other factors that may have contributed to the cause of the accident and your injuries.
Get contact information: It is important to get pertinent contact information of all parties involved in the incident including: employees, managers, the owner of property where you were injured, the other party who caused the accident. You should also get the contact information for any witnesses to your injuries.
Get medical help: You should immediately seek medical attention, even if you don’t feel like you need urgent care. Symptoms of certain injuries are not always obvious after accidents. Getting prompt medical attention can prevent your injuries from getting worse.
File a report with your insurance company: If you purchased travel insurance, report the claim as soon as possible. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should also report the accident to your own insurance company.
Contact an attorney: Despite what many people think, you can still seek compensation for injuries that occur away from home. You still have certain legal rights, regardless of where your injuries happened – especially if it was caused by someone else’s negligence.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. To ensure you get the full money damages you deserve, you need to consult with and hire an Orange County accident attorney.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an Orange County accident lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates at 949-727-9300.