What to Do if You Are Injured While Traveling in the U.S.

 

When you travel abroad with your family, you expect to have a holiday filled with fabulous sightseeing, great dining, interesting experiences, and memories to last a lifetime. What you don’t expect is to sustain an injury and suddenly be thrown a loop at what to do next. So, what happens if you are traveling abroad through the U.S. when you or one of your children sustain a fairly serious injury? What are the proper steps you should take? Here are some tips that can help make the situation as stress-free as possible.

 

Get in Touch with Your Traveller’s Insurance Rep

While illness is common when travelling, serious injuries aren’t as common. If you find yourself ill, chances are you’ll visit a doctor or a clinic, get a prescription, and possibly spend time in the hospital. For a serious injury, it’s not that easy. Once the injury occurs and you or your child has been given the initial medical attention required, the next step should be to get in contact with your traveller’s insurance representative.

A serious injury is something such as a car accident or some other type of accident that has resulted in broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, burns, severe lacerations, etc. Your insurance company will need to know what has happened, who is treating you, the diagnosis, the cost, and other such important information.

 

Get in Touch with a Personal Injury Lawyer

The next step would be to get legal advice. It’s best to get in contact with a personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible while the details are fresh in your mind. The lawyer will want to talk to you about what happened, as well as get medical reports and the police report, assuming one has been filed. They can then discuss your legal options and then try the case on your behalf while you focus on recovering and getting better.

 

It May Be Necessary to Contact a Power of Attorney

In the case of extremely severe injuries, it may also be necessary for someone with you to arrange power of attorney if you are unable to make decisions on your own.

 

Contact Your Own Doctor Back Home

If you are well enough to do so, it would be wise to get in touch with your own doctor back home. Ask to have your medical file sent to them so they know what is going on and what to expect when you return home. It’s wise to book an appointment to see them the moment you return home so your treatment can continue seamlessly.

 

Contact Your Consulate

If you are having any problems with any of the above-mentioned steps, your best bet is to get in contact with your nearest consulate office. They will be able to assist you and help you to get the medical attention you need.

No-one wants to think about the unexpected happening while on holiday but, unfortunately, it’s not unheard of. Instead, it’s best to be prepared so that if you do find yourself in the situation, you can react in a clear manner.

 

 

 

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