Millions of people go parasailing each year. Out of that number, a significant percentage ends up sustaining injuries from the fun-filled activity. One South Carolina parasailing company recently received orders to stop operating due to an excessive number of customers sustaining injuries.
People can fracture bones and even lose limbs from improperly operating parasailing equipment. However, after people sustain injuries, they believe they have no recourse because they had to sign paperwork that exempted the parasailing agency from any liability. Although these forms may seem ironclad, they cannot protect against everything. The company still needs to abide by premises liability and product liability laws. It is possible to try to receive compensation for your injuries by filing a lawsuit against the proper party.
Injuries from malfunctioning equipment
You may be able to file a product liability lawsuit if a piece of equipment breaks down when you are out on the water. It is possible for something to break that even the parasailing company was unaware of. In this instance, you could file a lawsuit against the equipment manufacturer for failing to ensure each item was safe for use.
Injuries from anything else
Under premises liability law, companies have responsibilities to ensure customers are safe at all times while on the property, which includes out on the boat in the water. This is why it is the parasailing company's duty to provide training to everyone who wants to go parasailing. Although you sign a waiver, it will not protect the company against all personal injury cases. The business still has a duty to exercise a certain amount of care to reduce people's chances of suffering injuries. It is an inherently dangerous activity, but the company should take every precaution to keep customers safe. It is possible to prove the company did not take all those precautions, and that is where a lawsuit can come in.