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What Should I do if Injured on Vacation?

Posted on May 4, 2018 Personal Injury,You’re Injured, Now What?

 

Vacation season is just around the corner. Preparing to travel and taking the family someplace away from home is an exciting time. There are so many things to plan – flights, rental cars, packing suitcases, entertainment. In the midst of all of this planning, you are not likely preparing for an accident, or what you might do in the event of an accident.

As much as you might not want to think about an accident happening while you are on vacation enjoying yourself, accidents can happen at any time and it is best to be prepared for any circumstance.

Keep Detailed Records

 Almost everyone carries around a cell phone that is equipped with a camera. Take pictures of everything. If you were in a car accident, take a picture of the damages and surroundings. If you yourself were injured, document those injuries, as well. Having a record of what happened can help in future litigation to prove what types of damages you might have.

Not only should you keep a record of the physical damage, but also the conditions surrounding the accident. If a hidden traffic sign caused the accident, a large pothole, or any weather conditions surrounding the accident, take photos of that, as well.

Seek Medical Attention

You might be hesitant to visit a doctor in a different locale. However, it is imperative that you are checked out immediately after the accident. The number one priority is ensuring that you are safe, but also, seeking medical attention can help prove your legal case. A doctor can explain and document injuries in official medical records.

After you return home, it is also important to visit your home doctor. It is likely that you trust your family doctor more than a doctor on vacation. The doctor can keep track of your progress, note any regressions to your conditions, or any other medical conditions that might have arisen in between the first doctor visit and returning home.

With any doctor visit, it is important to comply with the doctor’s orders and also keep copies of any documentation. The doctor will likely keep copies of your files, but you should also keep a copy for your records. Any change in your condition will be important in your legal case and doctor’s notes will record those changes. These documents will become important in your case to determine the amount of damages to which you are entitled.

Do Not Admit to Anything

After an accident, your adrenaline will be running and you might say things that you later regret.  Do not admit fault or take the blame for an accident. Additionally, do not sign any documentation until it has been thoroughly examined and you know exactly what it is. A lawyer can help you with that.

Contact a Lawyer

 If you have been injured or in an accident, contact the Wisconsin accident lawyers of Bye, Goff & Rohde today. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are qualified to handle every aspect of your case. We will help you by seeking out modes of recovery for damages and exploring every legal avenue available to get you the results you deserve.   Contact us for a free consultation!