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Injured on Vacation? What You Need to Know

If, like millions of people, you are travelling to South Florida, you may be expecting nothing more than wonderful memories, delicious food, endless beaches, crashing waves, and a terrific holiday. Certainly, that is what most visitors to Hollywood, Miami, and South Florida enjoy. However, if you are injured on vacation, there are a few things you need to know.

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In fact, vacation injuries at any tourist destination are more common than many travelers realize. Hotel injuries can occur due to slip and fall accidents, cruise ships can be the site of near-drownings, overboard incidents, or criminal activity. Whether you are taking a taxi, plane, bus, rental car, or any method of transportation, you may find yourself in a traffic accident. Even if you’re driving, unfamiliar signs and traffic conditions can mean you are at risk of a car accident in Hollywood or your Florida destination.

What to Do After a Vacation Injury

If you are injured during your trip to Florida, your case will typically fall under Florida jurisdiction. This means that if someone’s negligence or recklessness has caused your injuries or losses, you may have a legal claim. You may be able to seek compensation for wage loss, property damage, pain and suffering, medical bills, and other losses. Seeking compensation is important since it means you don’t have to pay more than necessary for an injury you sustained through no fault of your own.

Travel Insurance and Your Injury

Many tourists assume they are covered if they have travel insurance or other coverage. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. A serious injury can mean hospital stays, complex surgery, and other treatment, and insurance carriers may claim that not all services are covered. Unfortunately, you may only find out what is not covered after you have made a claim. If you are travelling and have insurance, you may wish to speak to a Hollywood personal injury attorney before making a claim. An attorney can review your policy so you understand what is covered and what your options are. An attorney can also make legal recommendations based on your situation.

If you are injured while travelling in Florida, your first priority should be to get medical attention. Visit a hospital or dial 911 if your injuries may be serious or visit a clinic for seemingly more minor injuries. You will want to get a copy of your medical records for your doctor at home and for your insurers. You will also want to get as much information as possible. This means taking photos of where the injury took place, photos of your injury, and getting contact information for anyone who may have seen what happened. In addition to getting all the documentation, you will want to contact a Hollywood personal injury lawyer. A local attorney is familiar with local laws and can help you file a claim, even when you’re far from home.

If you have been injured when visiting Hollywood or South Florida, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free, no obligation consultation. Our legal team has more than six decades of combined legal experience and we can help you with a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case.