Golf courses can be dangerous places at times and cause people to be injured. If you are injured on the golf course and it was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Contact us 24/7 toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
Have You Sustained An Injury From a Golf Course Accident?
Read Below Why You May Have a Golf Course Injury Claim!
What If I Am Hit By a Golf Ball On a Golf Course?
If another golfer hits a bad shot, and hits you with a golf ball, and they do not yell “fore,” they are considered to be negligent and their homeowner insurance coverage will compensate you for your injuries. They will pay you for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses.
If a golf course is designed in such a way that you were not protected from another golfer’s bad shot, then the golf course would be responsible for your injuries. The golf course has liability insurance to cover them for any injuries.
How Do I Prove Someone is Responsible?
To prove that someone is responsible, you need to prove that they were at fault or what us lawyers call negligent. Below are a few examples of a much longer list of common golf course injury cases:
Golf Course Owner’s Responsibility: It is expected that an owner of a golf course exercise reasonable care in the operations of the golf course. This care means that the course be in a reasonably safe condition for golfers, spectators and employees. However, this does not mean that every errant golf ball that injures a person is the owner’s fault.
To prove that the owner of the golf course is responsible, you have to prove that they were negligent. For example, if the owner has designed the course in such a way that should have been reasonably foreseen as dangerous or could potentially cause an injury they can be found responsible. This could include:
- Overhanging trees on the course
- Reasonable maintenance of the course is ignored
- A tee used to drive the ball is too close to the green where another individual may be putting
- Lack of netting for roads, highways or passageways for motorists or pedestrians or houses built near the course
- Spectator boxes too close to a fairway
- Slick pathways which could lead to a slip and fall
- Negligence of employees
However, it should also be noted that golf courses face insurance risks because of the uniqueness of their industry. This covers more than just storm damage or flooding, this also includes any property or injury damages.
Another Golfer’s Responsibility: A golfer, much like the owner of the golf course, must exercise reasonable care when on the golf course. Negligence on the part of the golfer can be found if they fail to give some type of adequate and timely warning of an errant ball, usually done by yelling “fore” to those in the range of the ball’s path.
What Are Other Situations Leading to Golf Course Injuries?
- Golf Cart Injuries: If a golf cart is poorly maintained and can be seen as reasonably unsafe by an average individual, a golf course owner can be held responsible and negligent for any injury that happens because of the cart. This includes loss of use of brakes, inability to steer, lack of passible pathways which leads to a cart potentially falling or tipping and more. However, if the driver is acting reckless while driving the cart, and causes an accident, they can be held liable for any injuries resulting from the accident.
Many, if not all, golf course owners will insure their golf carts because of their designation as a “recreational vehicle.” The standard used to cover liability claims includes the Commercial General Liability coverage form, which responds to any liability claim arising out of the ownership or use of a golf cart. An insurer might dispute coverage by asserting that the golf cart is an auto since it is a land motor vehicle. It is important you speak to a skilled golf cart lawyer to find what your rights are when it comes to a golf cart injury.
- Slip and Fall Injuries: A golf course owner can be held responsible for any injury that may result because of a slip and fall that should have been seen as being dangerous. This includes water buildups on the pathways, water on the greens, broken sprinklers, erosion or wet surfaces, etc.
Some injuries that can result from an errant golf ball accident include:
- Head injury
- Broken Bone
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Do You Need A Golf Course Injury Lawyer?
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a golf course accident, you could be entitled to compensation. An experienced golf course injury lawyer can help you get compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Please contact us at 1-800-992-6878 toll free or online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.