A San Diego woman’s vacation in Mexico was tragically cut short when she was seriously injured in a parasailing accident. The woman was visiting Mexico to celebrate her birthday, but the trip took a disastrous turn. What was supposed to be a fun afternoon of parasailing turned into a nightmare when the rope that was tethering her to the boat reportedly came loose. This left the woman flying through the air, uncontrolled.
Accident Resulted in Serious Injuries
The woman was in the air for up to 45 minutes, much longer than the 10-minute ride that was scheduled. The woman finally crashed at an airport. She sustained severe injuries including a fractured skull, broken pelvis, broken ribs, a collapsed lung and multiple other broken bones. She is expected to remain hospitalized for about a month.
The woman is lucky to be alive. She could have succumbed to her injuries. Instead, she survived, but will be facing a long road to recovery. Head injuries, in particular, are quite serious. A head injury can lead to a cerebral hemorrhage and the patient must be closely watched-over for the first 24 to 48 hours to ensure that the injury does not get worse.
Head trauma is not the only serious injury that occurred. A fractured pelvis often requires surgical treatment, as do other broken bones. The collapsed lung must be monitored to ensure that the patient does not contract pneumonia, a common occurrence after such an injury. Multiple injuries require a variety of treatments that could mean a lengthy recovery period.
Cause of the Accident
Witnesses say that they are not sure if weather played a role, but there were storms moving through the area at the time of the accident. Some questioned whether the parasailing company should have gone out when bad weather was approaching. In any case, the parasailing company should be held responsible for the accident.
The owners and operators need to be careful when they provide services such as these parasailing jaunts. They were likely negligent in not providing a safe trip due to the rope breaking and poor weather conditions.
Unfortunately, many of these small parasailing boats are not properly insured. Because they are not located in the United States, they are not subject to the same restrictions as companies in the U.S. However, the company is still negligent in its actions and legal action may be necessary. The woman in this case will suffer a huge medical bill. In addition, she will likely need to undergo rehabilitative treatment and is not able to return to work soon. Also, the woman suffered a great deal of emotional trauma while she was being tossed around in the air for all that time. She may consider taking legal action against the company the owned the boat or the boat operators.
If you or a loved one were injured while on a vacation out of the country, there is something you can do. Contact the legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea today to discuss the details of your accident.