Advice About Getting Injured when Studying Abroad
Although no student plans to be sick or get hurt, whether at home or abroad, inevitably there may be times when illness or injury will arrive uninvited. Since prevention is better than cure, it makes sense to do everything possible to at least be prepared for such an eventuality. Here are a few ideas about what to sort out before travelling.
Preparations before travelling
Visiting a doctor for a thorough medical check-up before going away makes sense, even for healthy students, and even if there is no indication that anything is amiss. This is also a good opportunity to make sure that any necessary inoculations or other shots are up to date. If there are specific conditions for which medication is required, such as asthma or allergies, it pays to make sure to bring a supply when packing plus a copy of a recent prescription. This can help doctors and pharmacists abroad to understand an individual’s medical history.
Medical systems vary from country to country, so being familiar with how they work is more than a bonus as, even if sickness is not a problem, there is always the issue of possible accidental injury. Learning key medical terms in another language, if this is applicable, will also be advantageous.
As well as carrying a copy of any relevant medical information, it’s important to make sure that insurance will cover potential injuries. Besides well-known sports injuries, there are common domestic injuries and those that might result from a car accident, so even students who don’t play a sport may encounter one or more of these.
Falls and slips can result in sprained or broken ankles, neck and back problems, as well as head injuries and severe bruising. Cuts can result from handling sharp items, and burns from activities in the kitchen or running water that is too hot. Car crashes can result in a number of serious injuries, including to the head, neck, back and spinal cord.
Should an injury occur, it’s important to get medical help quickly and to contact your insurance company as soon as possible so that they can begin the process of assessing and securing compensation. For example, breaking an ankle is a painful and serious injury that can happen in any number of ways. In this case, a broken ankle compensation payout may be made to help compensate for any financial losses that you suffer as a result of the accident. If someone else was to blame, it will be important to notify the insurer, and, more importantly perhaps, if medical reports indicate that there might be negative repercussions in the longer term, including an increased risk of arthritis.
Studying abroad offers tremendously exciting opportunities to meet new people and experience a different culture and way of life. Plan to enjoy the opportunities and make the most of the adventure, and also take steps to put in place sufficient protection that will help deal with unexpected occurrences health-wise.