A day on the lake in Central Florida recently turned tragic when a Kentucky man was killed in a paragliding accident.
Michael McGuire was paragliding on Lake Beauclair in Lake County at the time of the accident, according to the Orlando Sentinel. A witness told emergency responders that the man’s paraglider appeared to malfunction and was spinning out of control before it slammed into the water.
McGuire, who was 59 years old at the time, was spotted early in the morning in the lake, south of Mount Dora. Lake County Sheriff’s officers and emergency responders went to the lake in response to a call about a downed paraglider. They said they found McGuire’s paraglider in the lake and two other paragliders parked safely on nearby Deer Island.
Legal Rights for People Injured in Florida Accidents
McGuire’s tragic accident is an unfortunate reminder of the danger that can come with paragliding and other popular water activities in the Sunshine State. Whether it is boating, jet skiing or even swimming, accidents can and do happen.
Anyone who is injured in a paragliding or other accident has the right to seek compensation from those responsible. That may be the other people out on the water or the company that manufactured faulty equipment that contributed to the accident. Even if you are partly to blame for the accident, you may be able to obtain some compensation based on proportionate fault.
The money damages typically available in personal injury cases in Florida include compensation for past and future medical bills, as well as missed wages while recuperating, property damage and pain, suffering and emotional distress. In the tragic case that a person is killed in an accident, his or her family has the right to seek similar compensation for wrongful death.
The central question in these cases is whether the person or entity accused of causing the accident was negligent. To prove negligence, you have to show that the person or entity owed the injured person what courts call a “duty of care” and that the person did not live up to this responsibility. You also have to establish that this caused you to be injured.
Speak with a Villages Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a paragliding crash or a wide range of other accidents, it is important to have a seasoned personal injury lawyer in your corner. An experienced attorney can help you get the full compensation that is available under the law.
Villages accident attorney Tim Babiarz has been fighting for people injured in accidents for more than two decades. Mr. Babiarz is a tenacious litigator who is committed to helping people get the full compensation available under the law.
Our office is conveniently located in the Villages. We are also proud to represent clients throughout the area, including in Ocala, Leesburg, Lady Lake, Wildwood, Summerfield and beyond. Call (352) 205-7559 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Villages accident attorney.