Millions of tourists come to Florida each year to enjoy a host of recreational activities on the gulf, including boating, fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving and yachting. Most visitors end returning home with a great tan and even better memories.
Unfortunately, though, a small number of visitors are seriously injured, or even killed, while partaking in recreational activities on the gulf. Many of these accidents are the result of negligence on behalf of other boaters, or rental or tourism operations.
When this is the case, accident victims and their families will need to take specific steps to ensure that they get the compensation they deserve. These steps include:
Get the medical attention you need
It is important to see a doctor immediately after the accident. That means not waiting until you get home so that you can see your regular doctor. This is a vital step because an insurance company can use it against you if you did not immediately go to the doctor. They may argue that you were not really injured, or that something else caused your injury.
Keep records of everything that happened
If something goes wrong while on vacation, make sure to write everything down, from the phone number of the rental company, to the names of any workers or witnesses that saw your accident. It can be very difficult to locate businesses and people later on, especially if you are not from the area.
Additionally, you could forget details that you do not write down, so make sure to writer down exactly what happened as soon as you can.
Work with a local attorney
You might know personal injury lawyers in your home state, but you will need to find a lawyer you can trust in the location where the accident occurred. Not only that, you would benefit from finding a lawyer who has experience handling the type of accident that you or your loved one was harmed in.
The good news is that your lawyer is often able to handle your case on your behalf after you go back home.
Being involved in a serious accident is always stressful, but being in a different state when it happens adds even more stress to the matter. Luckily, working with a trustworthy lawyer local to the area means you can focus on your recovery at home while your lawyer fights for full and fair compensation on your behalf.
Whether you live on the Gulf Coast or were injured while visiting, the Law Offices of John W. Merting is here to provide you with the skilled, local representation you need.