Indiana girl hurt in Fla. parasailing accident files lawsuit

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Above: Alexis Fairchild (left) and Sidney Good (right)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2014) – An Indiana teen injured in a summer parasailing accident in Panama City, Fla., has filed a lawsuit accusing the company that ran the trip of negligence.

The lawsuit filed by the parents of Alexis Fairchild names parasail operator Aquatic Adventures Management Group, owner Jeff Jones and Treasure Island Resort Rentals as defendants. Fairchild was vacationing in Florida with her friend Sidney Good when the rope tethering them to the ship broke on July 1, 2013. They crashed into a condo building and hit a power line before landing on some vehicles. The girls are from Huntington County.

Both girls were seriously injured and needed several months of rehabilitation.

The lawsuit accuses the operators of negligence and said the operator took the girls “parasailing on its boat in extraordinarily dangerous weather conditions and lost control of the parasail.” As a result, the suit alleges, Fairchild and Good suffered “catastrophic injuries.” The suit said the operators “knew or should have known of said dangerous weather conditions and ignored the same, causing the injuries.”

The lawsuit also accuses the operators of using unsafe equipment and using their boat too close to the shore. The family is seeking in excess of $15,000 in damages for medical costs and loss of companionship.

Fairchild suffered broken bones in her spine, a serious brain injury and a skull fracture. Her family believes her medical expenses will be an ongoing issue in the coming years. She’s had multiple surgeries will eventually need plastic surgery on her chin.

The lawsuit was filed by the Law Offices of Chalik and Chalik in Bay County, Fla.