As the travel restrictions are being lifted, many avid wanderers are excited to get back traveling. Keeping all of their medical documentation, passports, and disinfectants ready to have a smooth “new normal” kind of trip. However, with even too much carefulness, accidents and injuries are inevitable while traveling. Suffering from an injury can kill the vibe of the joyous travel. Injury can also be traumatic especially when it occurred abroad. Some travelers don’t know what to do after being injured while abroad.
Common Injuries While Traveling
In different countries, always keep in mind that there are different traffic laws. Adding some miseries to the confusing road and traffic laws is the navigation of the car in an unusual place. Being a tourist in a new environment can cause a major road accident.
Before heading to the holiday, make sure to learn the rules and keep in mind the important signs to avoid any accidents. It will occur to everyone even if they are not driving. Taking caution in the pedestrian is paramount as well.
Slipping or Tripping
A fall usually happens when traveling, so travelers need to take it slowly when heading to their destinations. Also, travelers should watch out for different grounds.
Considering the type of footwear worn during a walk or trip is important. Some footwears are not good for walking especially on a platform that has a lot of water or even grounds that are uneven. With a lack of support, the chances of falling are high.
There are a lot of tourists that cause themselves illness and unnecessary damage due to overexposure to the sun. Whether walking around to tour the city or just chilling in the poolside, it is necessary to put on some sunscreen. Early tour to see the sights is safe as well, and they can avoid the hottest time of the sun.
Travelers usually overindulge themselves to alcohol and often forget the basics that usually leads to severe dehydration. Avoid dehydration by drinking tons of water and taking easy on the alcohol intake. Holidays and travels are for relaxation and fun. However, no one wants to spend overnight in a hospital bed because of dehydration.
Injuries due to Sports Activities
From surfing to snowboarding, there are a lot of thrilling and adventurous activities abroad. However, due to excitement tourists tends to forget about listening to instructions. To avoid any injuries while feeling the adrenaline rush, always listen to the instructions.
What to do after being injured while traveling?
The actions to do after being injured usually depends on how the travelers booked the holiday:
If the holidays were a tour operator, then they are the responsible ones. The claims of travelers happen in the American courts. Before booking the holiday, always ask the tour operation about their insurance coverage.
If the holiday trip was through a travel website, the traveler is usually not covered because travel websites don’t arrange packages. The only thing that they offer to the users is offers.
If the holiday was the traveler’s credit card, there could be a slight level of protection. There are certain ways injured parties can claim compensation to the credit card provider. It is smart to take out travel insurance especially for people who travel regularly.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
If the booking of the holiday doesn’t fall within the mentioned categories, the injured person must contact a legal attorney that has experience in handling claims for injuries abroad.
Must Report the Accident
Anyone injured must immediately report the accident to the hotel or the tour operator. Specify where the injury occurred. Hotel and tour operators usually make arrangements for the injured person that needs any medical assistance.
Always ask for a written accident report
The injured party must ask for a written accident report. The report must include details about the injuries, and there should be photographs of the injuries before the treatments.
Get Statements from Witnesses
It is necessary to ask for statements from the witnesses. Keep in mind to ask for their contact details, for future use.
Do not accept any compensation
Remember not to receive any compensation or financial offers, not until there is legal advice from the attorney.
Keep in mind that different countries have different approaches to handling personal injury claims. There is a lot of various limitations period when making claims. With various kinds of injuries and accidents, there is also, a different process in dealing with it. Prevention and a lot of caution are necessary especially when traveling abroad.
Authorship Info: Brody Reid is an experienced and zealous trial attorney. Focusing on assisting injured individuals and their families during tough times, Brody has worked tirelessly to help individuals in his hometown in the years since law school. Throughout his career, Brody has successfully represented over a thousand clients in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury, and Civil Litigation through jury trials, bench trials, and administrative proceedings. Brody has appeared successfully before the Supreme Court of Virginia, Court of Appeals of Virginia, Workers’ Compensation Commission, Circuit Court jury trials around Virginia, and General District Court trials. Brody’s commitment to his community and to the people that live here led him to co-found Reid Goodwin and focus on the areas of personal injury, worker’s compensation, and civil litigation. Outside the office, he is involved in several community service organizations, but mostly enjoys spending time with his family. Brody Reid / https://www.reidgoodwin.com/brody-reid.html