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What to do if you get a personal injury as a tourist in Alaska

When you are on vacation in Alaska, the last things on your mind are accidents and injuries. You are too busy taking in the beautiful landscapes and enjoying the adventurous attractions during your visit to the largest U.S. state.

But getting hurt on vacation is a real risk, especially in a place where there are many outdoor dangers, such as wild animals and rough terrain. Recreational activities, small planes and cruise ships can also be more dangerous than you may expect. If you suffer a personal injury while touring the area, this is what you need to know:

Seek medical attention immediately

This is not the time to worry about your health insurance policy and the medical bills that will follow a visit to the emergency room in another state. You can recover the costs by filing a personal injury claim with the help of an experienced Alaskan attorney. However, if you delay receiving the proper medical care you need, such as a surgery, it may negatively affect your case.

Document everything

Use your phone, camera or other device to take photos of the accident and injury immediately afterward. Let everyone in your party know this advice in case you become too incapacitated to do it yourself. Also, request the contact information of all witnesses to the accident so you can take statements from them later to use in your case.

Hire a local attorney

You may have a lawyer you already use in your home state, and as qualified as the person may be, he or she is not familiar with the intricacies of Alaska law. When you hire a local personal injury attorney with years of experience in handling tourist claims, you are more likely to receive damages, and a higher amount, too.

These tips only cover the basics. Speak to a lawyer to find out more detailed information on what you should do if you are involved in a serious accident while visiting Alaska.

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