In today’s world safety is an increasing concern when going on a vacation. You may be concerned about what you would do if you were injured while on vacation. New York City, is a great place to visit, with all of its attractive restaurants, activities, and nightlife, it’s a popular tourist destination, but hotels and restaurants are also a breeding ground for accidents. Even, big name hotels are not immune from accidents happening, such as Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt among others.
Examples of Accidents that May Happen While You Are On Vacation:
- Slipping on a wet floor from a leak
- A car accident with a taxi
- Trip and fall in restaurant
- Hit from falling debris from construction
So what do you do if you get hurt or injured while on vacation in NY?
As a personal injury attorney, I can tell you there are three important things to remember if you are injured while on vacation due to someone else’s negligence:
Always Report an Accident. An accident report will provide proof that an incident occurred. Without it, the defendant will claim that you could have gotten injured at a different time and place. For example, a friend slipped and fell on a wet floor at Penn Station. He did not make a formal report. He mentioned the fall to a worker passing by, but there was no formal report. The MTA claimed that it had no knowledge of the incident. By reporting the accident, you eliminate defendant’s claim that there was no proof that the accident occurred. Make sure that a formal report is taken which includes your name and the particulars. You should also obtain a copy, if possible. Remember, the mere reporting of the accident does not guarantee a recovery; but it makes the process of recovery easier.
Seek Appropriate Medical Attention Immediately. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you are feeling any indication that you've been injured -- maybe it just feels like something isn't "right" overall, or with a specific part of your body -- you should go to the emergency room and get checked out, or see a doctor as soon as possible. This way there is a record of an injury close in time to the accident. If you wait a few days until you come home, the defendant may claim that you could have had the injuries somewhere else. Do not wait for days until you return home.
Get Photos and Investigation. Where possible, have your family or traveling partner get photos and investigation of the scene, such as names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses. We had a case where the traveling companion took photos of a poorly maintained parking lot that did not have the speed bump painted at the time of the accident. Later on, we actually saw the defendant trying to paint the bump after the fact. Our photos proved it had not been painted, and our client who had tripped and fallen on the unpainted speed bump obtained a substantial settlement.
“If you've been in an accident on vacation, especially if it was someone else's fault, you may be wondering, "Why should my medical treatment be a legal issue? Unfortunately insurance companies generally assume that, if you did not seek medical attention immediately, you weren't that hurt -- or possibly you weren't injured at all. Most companies or property owners rely on insurance to pay damages if being sued, hence the insurance companies need proof you were hurt.” –Neal Goldstein
If you were seriously injured on vacation in NYC or Long Island, please call us today for a no obligation, free consultation at 516-222-4000. We may be able to help you recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills.
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