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Atlanta Skydiving Accident Paralyzes Man

April 25, 2016

Recently, a man from Mexico was paralyzed while skydiving in Zephyrhills, Florida, according to a local news report. The experienced skydiver was on his 402nd jump when, just seconds in, he hit another skydiver. This 23-year-old skydiver is now paralyzed from the waist down and receiving treatment at Atlanta's Shepherd Center, which focuses on spinal cord and brain injuries.

The thrill and adventure of skydiving can be life changing, but at times, serious accidents result. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Atlanta personal injury attorneys understand the devastating nature of a skydiving or other recreational sports activity injury. We represent clients injured due to negligence, seeking compensation for their losses sustained from the accident.

Common Skydiving and Paragliding Injuries

Skydiving and Paragliding involve considerable heights, raising the possibility of serious injury. Some common skydiving and paragliding injuries include, among others:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Internal organ damage
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Any of these injuries can have a long-term impact on the accident victim. Paralysis and traumatic brain injuries can lead to lifelong disability and ongoing medical expenses. For the families of those tragically killed in a skydiving or paragliding accident, life will never be the same. The injuries associated with these extreme sports are rarely minor, and few are fortunate enough to even survive a disaster in the air.

Causes of Skydiving and Paragliding Accidents

Both skydiving and paragliding carry a risk of death and serious injury due to the height and speed involved. Some of the most common causes of skydiving and parachuting accidents include:

  • Defective equipment;
  • Equipment malfunctions, which can be due to maintenance or improper packing;
  • Landing errors;
  • Collisions between skydivers;
  • Harness failures;
  • Improper training or instruction;
  • Defective steering handles; and
  • Cord defects.

A skydiving or paragliding accident can be the result of just that—pure accident. Other times, negligence on the part of the skydiver or paraglider, skydiving or paragliding company, equipment manufacturer, or another party involved in the jump will be the cause of the accident. Those injured in a skydiving or paragliding accident involving negligence should be able to seek compensation from another person or company responsible. All companies offering q skydiving or paragliding service must provide properly maintained and tested equipment, employ well-trained guides, and instruct would-be jumpers as to safety. If any of these essential factors are overlooked and an accident results, the injured jumper, and his or her family should be eligible to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Accident victims can find themselves seeking coverage for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

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Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 39 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Category: Personal Injury

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All information provided by our blogs is general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Consult a Montlick attorney for details about your unique situation.