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Young victim recovers from spinal cord injury

West Virginia residents, like people all throughout the country, like to get away from their everyday lives from time-to-time. Many of them accomplish this by going on a vacation. Whether a trip involves spending time at a West Virginia vacation spot or traveling out of state, people often like to try new and exciting activities while on vacation. Of course, nobody expects a vacation to end in disaster due to one of these activities.

For two teenagers, their trip last year to a Florida hotspot did end in disaster. The two girls were parasailing off the coast when a terrible accident occurred. They were strapped together in the parachute when the line between the boat and their parachute snapped. The detached parachute sent the girls flying into nearby condominium buildings and power lines and eventually crashing onto parked cars on the ground.

One of the girls suffered brain trauma and a spinal cord injury as a result of the accident. While she has made great strides toward a remarkable recovery, the girl still has health problems that include double vision and diminished peripheral vision.

The other girl's family has filed a lawsuit against the company that operated the near-fatal parasailing adventure.

Both girls are fortunate to be alive after such a terrible accident. However, severe injuries, like a spinal cord injury, can have effects that last for a lifetime. Even in the best scenarios, injuries like this usually require intensive medical treatment and prolonged rehabilitation.

In this case, if the parasailing company's negligence led to the accident, it will be liable for monetary damages to the injured girls. Likewise, any person who is the victim of someone else's negligence should know their legal options.

Source: New York Daily News, "Florida parasailing accident victim says her body was ready to die," Irving Dejohn, Jan. 22, 2014

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