Your vacation plans included rest, relaxation, and fun—not an injury. When a slip and fall interrupts your Wisconsin vacation, your first thought may be to return to the comfort and security of home. While life will be easier in familiar surroundings, there are a few things that you should do first. Taking these steps after a vacation accident will help protect your injury claim:
- Get medical care. It may be tempting to wait until you get home and can see your regular doctor. Don’t wait. A Wisconsin slip and fall can cause hidden injuries including traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. A doctor will screen for serious injuries and tell you the warning signs that you should watch for. If you do have a serious injury, seeing a doctor will protect your right to insurance compensation. If you wait, the insurance company will take the delay as evidence that you were not seriously hurt. Get copies of your medical records to take home with you.
- Take pictures. If your medical condition allows, take pictures of the scene of your slip and fall accident and of your injuries. A cell phone picture is fine.
- Get the names of any witnesses. Write down the name and contact information of anyone who was at the scene when your slip and fall accident.
- Ask to file an incident report. If you fell in a hotel, store, restaurant, or other business, you should ask to file an accident report. The insurance company will ask for this report when you make your claim. Get a copy of any incident report. If the police are involved, as for a copy of the police report.
When you get home, you will need to speak with a Wisconsin personal injury lawyer who has experience in vacation accident injuries. You may want to hire a local attorney; that’s fine, but he must be licensed to practice in Wisconsin.
The restaurant, amusement park, hotel or resort will probably hire its own lawyer. The attorney will work to limit the amount of damages that the business will have to pay for your injuries. You want an attorney that has both vacation injury and trial experience.
The Green Bay personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham are dedicated to helping Wisconsin injury victims get all the compensation they deserve. To schedule your free legal consultation, contact us at 800-800-5678.