What do you do when you’re injured on vacation?

On Behalf of | May 30, 2016 | Personal Injury

Suffering an injury on vacation not only ruins your trip, it also causes legal problems. Many people don’t know where to turn for help when they are injured away from home.

Whether you are injured vacationing in Alabama or out of state, there are things you should know about seeking compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. Learn more about your rights and options.

Common accidents and injuries that happen on vacation

In Alabama and other coastal states, vacationing at the beach is extremely popular. Of course, all activities on the water have risks. You could be injured while swimming, boating, waterskiing or diving. Depending on the case, there may be multiple liable parties such as the property owner, owners and operators of recreational activities, and negligent third parties such as a boater who causes an accident.

Theme parks are especially popular in summer, but they pose many risks. Amusement park rides and water park attractions can cause serious injuries if the rides malfunction or safety procedures are not in place.

Pools in water parks or hotels can also be dangerous. Swimmers may suffer injuries if the facility is negligent in providing lifeguards, life preservers and other safety measures. Defective pool components such as drains and water intakes can severely injure people who get near them.

Slip-and-fall accidents are a danger in all settings. People on vacation may be injured if they slip, trip and fall in places such as:

  • Docks and piers
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels
  • Pool areas
  • Gas stations
  • Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Boats
  • Airports

Car accidents are always a concern. Whether you are driving or are a passenger in a taxi or shuttle, you can suffer injuries in a vehicle accident.

Where do I get help?

Typically, you need to work with a personal injury lawyer in the state where you were injured. It’s best to contact an attorney as soon as possible so you understand your options.

You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In most cases, injury victims need a lawyer to recover the amount they need.

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