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Attorney: Parasail Victims Settle Large Sum, Enough To 'Secure Both Girls’ Futures'

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Alexis Fairchild (left) and Sidney Good (right) are the two Indiana teens who were seriously injured during a parasailing crash about two years ago and helped inspire a new Florida law regulating the industry.

A settlement may have been reached for the two Indiana teens who suffered serious injuries in a Florida Panhandle parasailing incident, but the attorney for one of the girls says the case is still not over for the victims.

Wes Pittman is the attorney for Sidney Good, one of the girls whose family sued the parasailing company, its owner, and resort for the July 2013 parasailing crash in Panama City. Good along with her friend, Alexis Fairchild, were seriously injured after their rope snapped as a storm neared. They then crashed into a building, a power line, and parked cars. Pittman says many surgeries later, the girls are now trying their best to move on.

“The case is not over for these girls by any means because they will always suffer the horrible injuries that they received, but in terms of the legal matters and the financial matters, the case is now behind them and they can move on as they’re beginning to do with the abilities that they still have,” said Pittman.

The accident inspired a new law that now puts some regulations on the industry, like making sure parasail operators are insured and don't operate during severe weather. But, Pittman says the girls and the victims’ families still want stricter regulations during this upcoming legislative session.

Meanwhile, Pittman says while the settlement amounts are confidential, he says the families are happy it will “secure both girls’ futures.”

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.