Parasailing is a popular recreational activity all over the world, and has been celebrated in international competitions for approximately 30 years. However, like all water-based sports or accidents at work, parasailing does involve some dangers of injuries from slips trips or falls, especially for people who are relatively new to it and haven’t had much practice.
A relatively, but not exclusively, safe sport
According to the United States’ Parasail Safety Council, there were 429 serious injuries between 1982 and 2012 requiring hospitalisation, a particularly low figure when you take into account the fact that there were an estimated 130 million parasailing rides on a harness during this period. The safety council also revealed that there were 73 estimated parasailing fatalities during this period, 10 of which were caused by support equipment failure.
Don’t go parasailing on your own if you have no idea what you are doing
The simple advice is this: don’t participate in an activity like parasailing unless you know what you are doing. If possible, take part in the activity with an experienced parasailor and check the sea conditions and the weather forecast before you head to the water to minimise the risk of a trip or slip. Weather conditions in coastal locations can change very quickly; a clear, sunny morning can quickly turn into a dense fog with very poor visibility.
Have you been injured in a parasailing incident that wasn’t your fault?
Parasailing accidents can take place at any time, and may not always be the fault of the victim. If you have been involved in a parasailing incident, a slip and trip, or any other sport accident and suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to get compensation, just as people injured in a road traffic accident may be able to claim road traffic accident compensation. Faulty equipment and insufficient training are just some of the causes of non-fault accidents in these scenarios.
You can claim for any accident that wasn’t your fault
All people in the UK have the right to claim remuneration for injuries that were the fault of someone else, such as work accidents or claims for repetitive strain injury compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we’ll tell you within seconds if you might be eligible for compensation. For your benefit, we work under 100 percent no-win-no-fee* terms, which means you won’t have to pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice