I was hurt at SXSW. How do I cover my medical costs?

Any time you gather a large group of people in a small area, creating a dense population, the possibility of accident and injury skyrockets. Add in even a little bit of alcohol, and the risk is even greater.

Next week, SXSW (South by Southwest) kicks off in Austin, Texas. This music festival and industry conference is eagerly anticipated by people around the country and attracts visitors from around the world. Most come to learn more about the industry, experience some great music, to network and to soak up everything that the festival - and Austin - have to offer.

Unfortunately, accidents occur. If you are involved in an accident at SXSW, here are a few tips that can help you get the compensation you need to cover medical bills and other costs incurred from the injury.

Make sure that you document your injury - Take careful note of exactly how the accident occurred, everyone involved and the sequence of events that led up to the accident. Keep a written record and gather names and contact information from those nearby.

Take pictures - Use your phone or other device to take pictures of the location of the accident and any physical structures, surfaces, plants or other items that contributed to the accident.

Find out who owns the property - Ask around and make sure you know exactly who owns the property on which you were hurt.

Contact a local attorney - There's a good chance your injury was caused by someone else's negligence, whether that be another attendee of the conference or the property owner of the venue. A skilled personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and provide you with a detailed explanation of how much you could recover in compensation.

You may not want to get anyone in trouble or ruin a great weekend for anyone else. But following an accident, you are left with the bill for medical treatment and rehabilitation. The law allows you to recover compensation from responsible parties to cover those costs. Talk to an attorney about your rights and the options available to you.

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