Parasailing Accident Results In Brain Injury, Settlement
When you go on vacation, you hope to get away from your worries, not make more. Unfortunately, some attractions can turn from exhilarating to deadly when proper safety procedures are not followed or appropriate safety equipment is not used. You may have heard about one man’s tragic zip-lining death at a Florida ropes course, whose daughter just started filing a lawsuit; recently, another family suffering a personal injury found a measure of the justice that daughter is still seeking.
Parasailing Accident Results In Traumatic Brain Injury
In 2013, two seventeen-year-old girls visiting Panama City from Indiana got into a motorboat to enjoy a parasailing attraction. A storm was rolling in, and a crew member joked, “you aren’t afraid of a little lightning, are you?” Despite the storm, the crew members led them out onto the water and let them up in the air to parasail. Soon, the wind began whipping so fast that it started moving the parachute, and even the boat itself. The crew members, unable to pull the parachute back in, decided to try “flooring it.” The rope snapped. As the 31-mile-per-hour winds swept the teenagers away, a witness caught the video for YouTube. The teenagers struck power lines and the side of a condominium before finally falling onto cars.
The girls remained in critical condition in Florida hospitals for some time. One girl had suffered a broken back and a traumatic brain injury. Her emotions, memory, and vision were permanently affected, and it was a struggle to talk and walk at first. The other girl hoped to open her own hair salon before the accident; now, sometimes she doesn’t recognize family and friends. She had to undergo three surgeries to remove parts of her skull due to swelling.
Seeking Rightful Compensation Leads To Settlement
Traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone, and the consequences are devastating. Nevertheless, in addition to seeking the assistance of physical therapists to seek physical rehabilitation, you can seek the help of a personal injury attorney to seek rightful compensation. The two girls’ attorneys filed suit against the parasailing company, the rental company, the tow rope manufacturer, the wholesaler of the tow rope, and even the condominium where the girls had been staying.
Finally, the girls received an undisclosed settlement. The amount will keep the girls secure for the rest of their lives, but it is far from a windfall. The girls will deal with constant pain and medical issues such as double vision for the rest of their lives.
Seeking justice did more than just compensate them for their injuries. It put other beachfront businesses on notice to watch out for their guests’ safety. The girls’ actions helped change Florida law, and now, parasailing companies must have high wind restrictions.
A traumatic brain injury can be devastating. It can permanently change a person’s life and affect their cognition and memory. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, whether in a parasailing accident, at another attraction, or even in a vehicle accident, you too can seek compensation, whether through a settlement or a court order. Call Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney Scott Newmark today.