During the spring and summer months, individuals and families across the U.S. look forward to taking a much-deserved break from work and heading out on vacation. While a vacation should be a time of rest, relaxation, and enjoyment, accidents can and do happen.
If you are injured while far away from home, you may be forced to deal with the additional stress and strain that comes with getting medical attention in an unfamiliar place and losing valuable time that could be better spent with your loved ones and friends.
The vacation injury attorneys of Ketterman Rowland & Westlund represent residents as well as tourists and visitors to San Antonio and the surrounding areas. We are here to provide accident victims experienced legal counsel and help them understand their rights if they are hurt while on vacation.
Common Vacation Injuries
Injuries can happen anywhere and at any time, but being hurt while on vacation can be particularly disorienting and stressful. Some commonly reported vacation injuries include:
- Road trip accidents
- Slip and falls
- Amusement park accidents
- Negligent security accidents at hotels
- Gym accidents
- Pool accidents
- Accidents from unsafe equipment
- Food poisoning
If someone else’s negligence caused the accident, you could be able to take legal action to recover compensation for the harm and financial losses you’ve suffered. Responsible parties could include:
- Other drivers
- Property owners
- Business owners
- Amusement park operators
- Hotel management
- Employees and maintenance staff
What to Do If You Suffer an Injury on Vacation
If you’ve been hurt in an accident while on vacation, the steps you take in the first few hours and days after the incident will have a significant impact on your ability to seek compensation from the responsible party.
After an accident, you should immediately seek medical attention. While on vacation, you may not be able to visit a hospital that you are familiar with, but be sure to get treated right away at the closest facility. If you choose to wait until you get back home to seek medical care, the insurers for the responsible party will likely question the validity of your injury claim.
If possible, you should preserve as much evidence as you can while at the scene of the accident. This can be as simple as taking pictures of your injuries and your surroundings. You should also document any damage to your personal property and should save the clothing you were wearing – especially if you were hurt in a slip and fall accident. Get statements and contact information from eyewitnesses at the scene.
While posting to social media is a part of many people’s vacations (and everyday lives), this activity should be put on hold if you are involved in a personal injury claim. Remember that what you post (and what your family members and friends post) is not private and could be used by the insurance company to deny or diminish your injury claim. It is a good idea to refrain from posting anything and avoid commenting on other people’s posts about your injuries and your accident.
Finally, you should hire an attorney to represent you. The sooner you get a qualified personal injury attorney on your side, the sooner your lawyer can begin building a strong case on your behalf.
How Our Attorneys Can Help After a Vacation Injury
If you or someone you love has been hurt while on vacation in San Antonio, turn to a local law firm with extensive experience helping people just like you get justice. We understand how confusing and stressful it can be to deal with a severe injury while away from home. We are here to help.
Our injury attorneys will help you pursue the compensation you deserve, while you focus on healing and spending time with your family. Call us at (855) 579-5299 to discuss how we can help you today.
Douglas D. Ketterman is the originator and founder of Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund where he currently serves as President and Managing Shareholder. Douglas has extensive experience in handling all types of civil litigation. He graduated with honors from St. Mary’s School of Law in 1989 and has been Board Certified as a Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1998 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.