Alaska, with its breathtaking landscapes and multiple outdoor attractions, is a popular tourist destination. During the 2014-2015 tourism season alone, Alaska hosted over 2 million visitors. However, Alaska’s rustic terrain is not without its dangers. Hiking, mountain climbing, biking, rafting, the use of all-terrain vehicles, small plane excursions, and a multitude of other outdoor activities make the risk for tourist injuries in Alaska particularly high. It is estimated that 27% of all non-resident deaths in Alaska are due to injury. In addition to fatal injuries, tourists suffer a multitude of other types of injuries every year, including:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
Steps to Take Following an Injury in Alaska
When injured while on vacation in Alaska, tourists should immediately seek medical attention. Following medical care, tourists should compile the items below for evidentiary purposes:
- Medical records –Not only does immediate medical help after an accident ensure that all injuries are properly treated, but it results in the creation of medical records that are useful as evidence in a possible personal injury case.
- Police report – Copies of any police reports should be obtained, as these typically contain important research information regarding injuries and their causes.
- Receipts and Records – Injury-related records and receipts should be saved, as these demonstrate financial loss to the court.
- Photographs – If possible, photos of the injury scene, along with all injuries and their causes should be taken. Visual records provide courts with additional evidence to be used in the evaluation of personal injury cases.
- Seek Legal Representation -An experienced personal injury attorney will keep you apprised of your legal rights while guiding you towards the best course of action based on your situation.
To further discuss your options with an experienced personal injury attorney in Alaska, please contact the highly professional and reputable Merdes Law Office, P.C. at (866) 452-3741 for a free consultation or visit www.Merdes.com for further information