Earlier this year, a New Jersey man was killed in a snowmobile accident in Upstate New York. It is always difficult to hear about such tragedies because you know that gentleman was on a vacation, probably having a great time, and not thinking about the risk of an accident.
Unfortunately, the risk of non-car accidents significantly increases when you are on vacation. In the Hackensack area, most of us are not riding snowmobiles, ATVs, horses, or boats on a daily basis, but these are all popular vacation activities. Participating in these leisure activities can lead to serious injury or death if you are not careful, or the person or company you are renting them from acts negligently.
When vacation plans are cut short by unexpected accidents, it can be difficult to know what to do. Should you rush home? Should you stay where you are? If a loved one has been hurt or killed, how do you get them back home?
The Levin & Malkin team has helped numerous Hackensack area families answer these questions, and figure out what to do when a loved one has suffered a serious injury while on vacation.
One Step at a Time
The first step is always figuring out how to get everyone home, and when to make that move. Depending on the type of insurance you have, you may be able to get your loved one’s transportation home, or to a local hospital, covered.
You are going to be relying a lot on your insurance company to step up and do the right thing, and that is where our firm can help. We can go through your various policies with a fine-tooth comb to help you figure out what things are covered, and what you will be stuck paying out of pocket.
Our firm can also investigate the accident to determine if it was potentially caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of someone else. If this is the case, it may be possible to seek compensation from that person, or more realistically, that person’s insurance company.
Waivers Rarely Hold Water
Even if you signed a liability waiver before doing a leisure activity that ended up causing a serious injury, you should still consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
The waiver may state that you are assuming the risk of doing something potentially life-threatening, but it is legally impossible for you to give a company permission to act in a reckless manner. You have the right to assume that the company you are trusting with your life is doing everything reasonably expected to prevent its customers from getting injured.
Millions Won For Our Clients
If you are a Hackensack area resident who has been injured in a non-car accident, or while on vacation, Levin & Malkin may be able to help. Our experienced team of attorneys has recovered millions of dollars for injured New Jerseyans and their families. If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team, please contact us today.
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