When you go on vacation, you have probably been looking forward to this trip for some time. If you are injured, you may feel overwhelmed by the interruption to your trip and the stress of reporting an accident and seeking medical care away from home.
Your existing insurance may cover hospital costs while you or traveling, and you may have travel insurance or travel medical insurance that could help you cover the cost of your injury. However, these precautions will not prevent accidents, and the steps you take after you have been injured can be key to recovering medically and financially after an injury.
Report your accident to local authorities.
It is essential to have a record of your injury, and this is especially important if someone else’s actions contributed to your injuries. Did an unmarked wet floor in a business you visited cause you to slip? Were you harmed by poor upkeep or failure to maintain health and safety standards in a hotel? Were you hurt because of a car crash? Reporting your accident and recording any evidence and information that you have could be key if you take legal action later.
Get medical care immediately after your accident.
Seeing a doctor that you do not know can be stressful, but it is important that you seek medical attention immediately after your accident so that your injuries do not go untreated. This will also give you a clear record of your injuries.
Traveling abroad? You should still consider seeing a doctor. If you are traveling internationally, the U.S. Department of State recommends finding a physician through the American Board of Medical Specialists or through the U.S. embassy or consulate in the country you are visiting.
When you get home, visit your primary care doctor.
Even if you already saw a doctor while you were traveling, it can be especially important to speak to a doctor who knows your medical history. They can evaluate your injuries and see if you have made progress in healing. They can also use their existing knowledge of your health to ensure that the assessment of your injuries was accurate and thorough.
Taking legal action? Be sure to consider all your options.
Every state and country has different laws governing injuries, and this can make suffering an injury while traveling particularly difficult. Consider speaking to an attorney soon after your accident to explore your options and whether you could get compensation to cover medical bills, unexpected transportation and other costs related to your injury.
While this accident may have interrupted your vacation, it is still possible to get the medical and financial support you need to get back on your feet.