Teen Injured In Skydiving Accident Awarded $760,000 In Damages.

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When Mackenzie Wethington was finally allowed by her parents to go skydiving, it was a longtime dream come true for her. However, that dream soon turned into a nightmare as a parachute malfunction sent her rocketing towards the ground. Although badly injured in the immediate aftermath, Wethington survived and is expected to make a full recovery. She is also looking at a significant monetary recovery, as U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti in Texas recently awarded Wethington $760,000 in damages.

Wethington’s lawsuit claimed that she had been given inadequate instructions by Robert Swainson, operator of the skydiving business Pegasus Air Sports. The suit further alleged that the parachute given to Wethington was old, in poor condition, and unsuitable for someone of Wethington’s skill level. Swainson initially responded to the allegations by claiming that Wethington suffered her injuries because she did not heed the essential advice given to her by Swainson, and panicked when things did not go right. Wethington was represented by attorney Robert Haslam, who operates out of Fort Worth, Texas.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of the negligence of another, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact one of our expert personal injury attorneys here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our Massachusetts injury lawyer professionals today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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