No one enjoys dealing with the aftermath of an injury, and navigating the claims process in another state can be confusing and unnerving. If you sustain an injury while on vacation, don’t panic. At The Wiseman Law Firm, we have developed a list of steps for you to follow to ensure you gather the right information to use in a personal injury claim.
1.Seek Immediate Medical Attention
The last thing you want to do on vacation is take the time to see a doctor, but doing so is important for a number of reasons. Many injuries worsen without treatment and are more severe than they seem. Receiving treatment not only helps you feel better sooner but puts you on the path to healing.
If you choose to wait until you return home to seek medical attention, insurance companies and defending parties can claim that your injury did not exist prior to the medical visit. Seeing a doctor immediately following the accident creates physical documentation of the injury, which can strengthen your case.
2.Document Everything You Can
Whether your injury involves a car accident or a slip-and-fall, it is important to document everything you can regarding the incident. Take pictures of the area where the incident occurred, the damage (if there is any), and your injuries. Make sure to document the date and time, and record any details of the accident.
Collect information from everyone involved in the accident, including witnesses. At minimum, write down their names and phone numbers. If the accident involves vehicles, you should document license plate numbers, insurance information, and driver’s license information.
3.File a Report with Local Authorities
If your injury involves a hotel, resort, or vacation rental, report the incident to management. If you were involved in a vehicular accident, contact the local police and file an accident report. Make sure to always keep a copy of the incident report for your records and for your future injury claim.
4.Contact a Local Attorney and File a Claim
In order to file an injury claim, you must file in the state where the incident occurred. This ensures the liable parties are held accountable within their state. You must also comply with that state’s statute of limitations, and file your claim within the appropriate timelines. In Florida, you can file a typical personal injury claim up to 4 years after the incident.
Although it can be nerve-wracking to file a claim outside of your home state, a local attorney in the area can help guild you through the entire process. Attorneys have the knowledge of their state and local courts and can use the documentation from your injury to help you pursue your claim.
Our Orlando Tourist Accident Attorney Works to Maximize Your Recovery
At The Wiseman Law Firm, we understand that you may want to return home before addressing an injury that happened while on vacation. However, we encourage you to contact us before leaving the state. Our attorney, Simon Wiseman, has over 15 years of experience in Orlando tourist accident claims and aims to make the process as convenient as possible for you. We’ll work with you throughout the entire process, making ourselves available via email, telephone, and personal visits as we fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Filing a personal injury claim in another state should not be intimidating. Let our compassionate personal injury lawyer guide you through the process. Contact The Wiseman Law Firm to discuss your Orlando tourist accident case – (407) 708-9127.