Every year thousands of individual are struck by fast moving golf balls in public golf courses and country clubs across the country. Though most of the injuries suffered are minor, some individuals suffer grievous and in some cases life threatening injuries. Victims of severe harm in golf courses may be entitled to compensation from all liable parties.
Common Injuries Resulting From Being Struck By Golf Balls
Some of the most common injuries associated with golf ball strikes are as follows.
- Traumatic Brain Injury – impact to the head
- Cracked and crushed skull and skull fractures
- Broken nose and other facial fractures
- Ocular injuries resulting in the loss of eyesight
- Minor to moderate bruising
Establishing Liability – Who Can Be Place At Fault for Your Injuries
There are several ways to establish liability in a golf ball injury incident. At fault (liable) parties commonly associated in such accident include the following ..
1. The owners and operators of the golf course for failure to properly maintain course and or failure to properly warn of the high risk of golf ball injuries in certain areas of the course. Failure to provide for proper netting of the golf course so as to prevent golf balls from leaving the property.
2. The architects and designers of the curse for faulty design resulting in an increased probability of golf ball strikes on unsuspecting individuals in the golf course and outside the golf course.
3. The golfers themselves – if they knew or should have known of the presence of individual in the area where they intended to strike the golf ball towards.
Compensation Available for Victims – Recovery for Victims of Golf Course Injuries
Individuals who have suffered severe harm are entitled to financial recuperation from all at fault parties. The specific types of recovery available for victims include the following…
- All medical and rehabilitation expenses
- All future medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Economic damages including loss of wages and future loss if income
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive Damages
When Are Punitive Damage Compensable: Punitive damages are awarded when the at fault parties actions rise to the level of intention conduct and or reckless disregard for the life and health of the injured party. For example: If the at fault party knew that there was an individual on the green but decided to strike the ball in that direction anyway.
Attorney Consultation Available: If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a golfing incident or by a runaway golf ball and have any legal questions feel free to contact our law offices. All legal consultations are provided by our law firm free of charge.