Imagine taking the vacation of your life, only to find yourself stranded and unable to return home. This was the reality for a Raleigh woman after she was involved in an ATV accident while on holiday in Aruba. The accident left the woman stranded in the hospital.
Deana Kennedy and Kenya Dukes departed for Aruba intent on celebrating Kennedy’s 35th birthday. The two planned on spending four days in Aruba lounging in the sun and soaking up the atmosphere. Unfortunately, that isn’t how things played out.
While on the island, the women decided to embark on an ATV tour to see the sights. After just a few minutes on the vehicles, the women’s adventure took a disastrous turn. Says Kennedy, “We were probably six minutes into the ride when the steering component got stuck. I was thrown off. I hit my hip on the ground and I rolled.”
Not only did Kennedy roll, but she sustained a broken pelvis in the accident and required immediate surgery. But why did the two get stranded?
After surgery, Kennedy was not able to sit up. Her inability to move correctly prohibited her from boarding a plane for home. According to medical professionals, Kennedy will require a ride aboard an air ambulance to return to the United States at a staggering cost: $34,000. Add to that the $22,000 needed to cover the medical bill, and the cost of this vacation has skyrocketed.
Although this situation is extreme, it is not rare for travelers to find themselves in need of medical attention on vacation. Most people’s medical insurance will not cover those expenses. Any person who is planning on traveling internationally should seriously consider paying for traveler’s medical insurance.
Cost of this type of medical insurance can vary, but it is well worth it should you find yourself faced with a medical emergency. Dukes and Kennedy will be able to return to the United States this week where Kennedy will continue to recover from her injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced attorney can look over your case and help you determine the best course of action. Contact our office as soon as you are able so that we can review your case at no cost to you. Our lawyers are here for you and your family. Call now.