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What you need to know to prepare for vacation injuries

About 20 percent of people face illnesses or injuries while on vacation. While a cold is not going to ruin your trip, a car crash could leave you stranded and injured in an unfamiliar location.

If you or one of your family members faces an injury while on vacation, these are the steps you need to follow.

Seek medical attention

Medical attention should always be your priority. While you probably do not like going to see a doctor that you do not know, that is the best way to treat your injuries, especially because many will get worse if left untreated.

Take pictures

Although you are probably not going to feel like snapping selfies after an injury, that is the perfect way to gather evidence to prove fault. It is going to be hard to gather evidence when you go back home so taking pictures immediately can help your case.

Collect information from others

It will be hard to get information from others involved in the accident when you go home. However, you need the names and numbers of anyone involved and any witnesses. If it is a car crash, make sure you get the driver’s license number, plate number and auto insurance information of the other driver.

File a report

Report car accidents to the police. Report injuries at hotels or resorts to the management, although they will often do this without you asking if there is an injured worker.

Neither panicking nor feeling upset about your ruined trip will help you. Instead, keep calm, get help and document the incident. Then, you can use that information to file a personal injury case and get compensation for your losses.