Parasailing may not be the wisest activity to undertake while on a cruise or on vacation. In the past three decades, more than 70 people lost their lives in parasailing accidents. Another 400+ people suffered injuries, and more than 1,200 total parasailing accidents occurred.
Nonetheless, life is full of risks, so if you do choose to go parasailing while on vacation and things do go wrong, it may be possible for you to get compensation for your damages.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can provide help to victims injured while parasailing and to family members whose loved ones died when parasailing on vacation. Give us a call to find out how a cruise ship accident lawyer can help you after a parasailing incident causes you harm.
Why is Parasailing Not Safe on Vacation?
Many people who go parasailing on vacation are not experienced at the sport and do not know how to find a safe company to experience this activity with. You cannot necessarily count on the fact that all tours or excursions your cruise ship or hotel offers will be safe. Cruise lines and hotels are not always as responsible as they should be in vetting the companies they contract with to offer their passengers the parasailing services.
If a company fails to maintain its parasailing equipment appropriately or does not provide proper training and instruction before you go parasailing, many different things could go wrong. The parachute or harness could fail, a tandem failure could occur, or any other type of mechanical failure could happen. You could fall and sustain a paralyzing or fatal injury or other serious damage to the body.
What are Your Rights if You Get Hurt While Parasailing
If you get hurt while parasailing on vacation, you may be able to make a claim against the parasailing company or against the cruise line or hotel that organized the parasailing event. You can often pursue a claim even if you signed a waiver or release of liability, so do not assume that signing a waiver means you have given up all rights to recover for catastrophic or fatal injury.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can assist you in identifying whether you have a claim and can help you to pursue a case for damages if negligence or wrongdoing caused or contributed to the parasailing accident.
If the parasailing excursion occurred outside of the United States while you were on a cruise to a different country, your case can become much more complicated than if you were making a U.S. based standard personal injury claim.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. knows the ins-and-outs of maritime laws and injury laws that apply to cases arising from parasailing accidents. Give us a call to find out how we can help you if you went parasailing on vacation and it turned out the excursion was not safe and you were hurt as a result.