Injured on Vacation? – NOW WHAT?

By – Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder

You planned your vacation to the United States with tremendous care.  You were excited when your feet touched American soil.  However, your much anticipated trip was ruined through no fault of your own because you were injured on vacation.  Now what do you do?

The United States has a significant tourism industry.  Statistics for 2012 tell us that the top 10 international markets in terms of international visitor spending in the United States are as follows:

  1. Canada;
  2. Japan;
  3. United Kingdom;
  4. Mexico;
  5. Brazil;
  6. China;
  7. Germany;
  8. Australia;
  9. France; and
  10. India

For international travelers from these countries, and many more, when they are injured on vacation and sustain personal injuries in the United States, the question of what to do next sometimes remains an unanswered question because they simply do not know where to turn.  Instead, they return home and take little to no further action because they do not know what legal options exist for them. The attorneys at The Jackson Law Firm, P.A. pride themselves in having represented many such foreign travelers when they are injured on vacation.  We take the time to explain the United States legal system, and we work closely with our clients to achieve a just result on their behalf.

When you come to us for help, we will take the time to examine and discuss with you at length the facts that may have led to your injury.  You may have multiple claims against very different individuals or entities.  For example, it is possible that you were injured in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own – and you should be able to recover for your injuries – but, perhaps, you also received substandard medical care at the hospital in treatment of your injuries. If so, you may be entitled to bring claims against the medical providers.  Or, you may have been visiting at a local theme park and were injured.  We will discuss thoroughly with you the extent of your injuries, and will evaluate who may be responsible for your injuries.

The most common injuries that we see occur in the following manner or settings:

  1. Automobile Accident Injuries;
  2. Bus Travel Injuries or those from travel by Subway, Streetcar or other local   public transportation;
  3. Train Injuries;
  4. Boat or Cruise Ship Injuries and Illness;
  5. Airplane Travel Injuries;
  6. Water-based Accidents, including at Swimming Pools or at Beaches;
  7. Water Sports Accidents, including Water-Skiing, Jet Skis, Scuba Diving, Sailing, Parasailing, White-Water Rafting;
  8. Amusement Park Injuries;
  9. Winter Sports Accidents, including Skiing, Snowmobiling, Snowboarding;
  10. Parachuting, Paragliding, Hang Gliding, Rock Climbing;
  11. Victims of Assault, Rape, or other Criminal Activity;
  12. Food Poisoning, Allergic Reactions, and Related Illnesses; and
  13. Inadequate / Negligent Medical Care for any of these or similar injuries.

You will need an experienced attorney to evaluate, for example, your injuries, damages, and/or loss; parties to be sued; and jurisdictional issues (place where the lawsuit is to be brought).  We will compile your medical records in order to determine the full extent of your injuries, so that we can advise you about the potential value of your injuries.  We will advise you every step of the way in order to achieve a result with which, at the end of the day, you can be more than satisfied that you received the appropriate compensation to address your injuries, pain and suffering, and any damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and travel expenses, you may have sustained.

Regardless of your needs, feel free to contact one of our offices to further discuss the details of your case.  We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about The Jackson Law Firm, our attorneys, and the firm’s practice areas.  We also encourage you to become informed of your rights and options.  You should also ensure that any law firm you consult or retain to represent you has the experience, resources and ability to take your case through trial and appellate courts, if necessary.  Often U.S.-based attorneys do not have the experience to deal with cross-border issues that arise in cases involving foreign travelers.  You should be careful to always ask about an attorney’s experience in this regard.

Please remember that we do not represent you and cannot take any action on your behalf unless and until we enter into a formal written Legal Representation Agreement. If we do not respond to your inquiry or are unable to take your case, please contact another law firm immediately to have your case assessed.

© The Jackson Law Firm 2013