Who is at Fault if You Were Injured in a Skydiving Accident?

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Brad Smith answers the question: ” Do I have to pay a fee to meet with an attorney about my personal injury case?”


While skydiving accidents are not as common as car crashes or even boating accidents, you can be injured while performing a maneuver due to faulty or defective equipment or due to lack of experience.

skydiver-Mecklenburg-Union-Iredell-County-Personal-Injury-Law-firm-240x300When a skydiver is injured in a skydiving accident, it may seem that they are the only ones responsible for their injury. However, if the skydiving accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, the injured skydiver may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault party.

Depending on the circumstance surrounding your accident, potentially at-fault parties may include the skydiving company or its employees, the instructor, equipment manufacturer, other skydivers, and others. It is a good idea in these situations to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney in Charlotte to identify liable parties in your skydiving accident.


Skydiving Accidents in North Carolina

The most recent skydiving accident in Chester County showed the dangers of skydiving. According to WBTV, a man was injured while skydiving at Skydive Carolina. The injured skydiver was taken to a hospital in a critical condition.

The skydiver landed in a tree but got his way to the ground. When rescuers found the skydiver, he was conscious and breathing. This was the second skydiving accident at Skydive Caroline in the past three months, according to the report.


How Do Skydiving Accidents Occur?

Although a skydiving accident can be caused by a variety of factors, the most common causes of these accidents include:

  • The skydiver’s lack of experience or training
  • Inadequate instructions or supervision
  • Parachute malfunction
  • Faulty or defective equipment
  • Harness failure
  • Faulty cords and steering handles
  • Pilot error
  • Inadequate pre-flight safety checks
  • Improper packing of parachutes


Who can be Held Responsible for Your Skydiving Accident Injury?

As in most other states, skydiving companies in North Carolina require jumpers to sign a waiver of liability before being attached to a parachute. The waiver of liability means that the skydiver is waiving their right to sue the skydiving company if they get injured while taking the jump.

However, as any knowledgeable personal injury attorney would tell you, you may still be able to sue and recover damages from a skydiving company even if you waive your right to sue. In fact, a waiver of liability does not shield a company from liability if your skydiving accident was caused by gross negligence.

Also, while the waiver may protect the skydiving company, it cannot protect other at-fault parties such as the manufacturer of defective or faulty equipment. If you did not sign a waiver before skydiving, you might be able to sue the skydiving company and other at-fault parties if you can demonstrate that they were negligent, reckless, or careless.

You need someone who is not only familiar with the process of holding a skydiving company or another at-fault party accountable, but who can also help you navigate the legal process in order to obtain compensation for your skydiving accident injury in North Carolina. Schedule a consultation with our personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, to explore your options. Call (704) 370-2828 to receive a video or phone consultation with our lawyers to explore your legal options or fill out our contact form. Now taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and Monroe.







The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.






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