Avoiding Injury While Traveling Abroad
Dealing with an injury is difficult. Dealing with an injury while traveling abroad can seem near impossible. With a little foresight and the right resources, however, you can set the worries aside and focus on seeing the sights.
Over the last 13 years, only 827 Americans on average died of unnatural causes while abroad each year. Despite this relatively low figure, it helps to be prepared especially given the recent spate of violence around the globe. If you’re planning to travel outside of the country, study this list to prepare yourself for any incidents that may occur:
- Pick your attorney: If you think your injury may be cause for a legal case, you’ll need professional advice. Before traveling, write down the contact information of your preferred personal injury attorney. Remember, Domnitz & Domnitz, S.C. offers a free initial consultation and can be reached by phone at (414) 289-0909.
- Get insured: Most basic American health insurance plans do not offer coverage for health issues that occur abroad, but such plans do exist and should be sought out by frequent travelers. Also essential is travel insurance, which can cover misplaced items, rental car accidents, and more.
- Research accessibility: Find out what accommodations for disabilities are available in the country or countries you’re traveling to. In the incident of an injury, knowing local disability laws could be crucial.
- Injury during transportation: If you get hurt or feel ill while you’re traveling on a boat or in an airplane, you should let crew members know right away. It is their responsibility to ensure that you’re taken care of.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy: Seeking out the American representatives in the country you’re traveling in can be very useful. Often, the embassy will be able to provide U.S. citizens with recommended resources in that country.
- Gather evidence: In the unfortunate event that you’re injured while traveling abroad, it will be important to have information about the case. Take note of individuals and locations involved in your injury.
If you or a loved one failed to take these precautions and were injured while traveling abroad, you may be able to mount a successful case. Call the Milwaukee personal injury lawyers at Domnitz & Domnitz, S.C. for a free consultation.