Summer vacations are a time to get away from the stresses of daily life. Unfortunately, accidents can happen anywhere, even while traveling away from home.
When an accident occurs in another state or jurisdiction, it is important to take the right steps to take care of you and your family no matter where you are.
From slips and falls near a pool to auto accidents, follow these procedures immediately after an accident to cover your bases both during and following any incident.
- Seek treatment: If necessary, seek medical treatment for potential injuries. A prompt medical exam ensures you receive the care you need for any physical harm, even if injuries appear minor at first.
- File a report: Contact any authorities, including managers, property owners or law enforcement, to make an injury or accident report. Ask for a copy of any forms you fill out for your own records.
- Gather information: Take photographs, gather witness statements, note any hazardous areas and get copies of relevant insurance or policy documents you may need.
- Find professional support: Should you seek compensation for any personal injuries sustained while out of state, it is important to find representation in the jurisdiction of the incident. Insurance and medical coverage is not always straightforward, and it helps to have guidance when dealing with out-of-state accidents.
Any information you gather following an accident should be in a single file or location to make any personal injury claims as easy and straightforward as possible.
Personal injury claims
Any personal injury cases in a jurisdiction away from home may become complicated. Each state has unique small claims and personal injury procedures, but you can receive compensation for any injuries sustained due to third-party negligence no matter where you are on vacation.