Serious Golf Course Injury Dangers
Golfing is a great way to get outside and enjoy some exercise. It’s also a social activity that can be shared with friends. There’s lots of land and sunshine in Texas, and it isn’t surprising that we have over 900 golf courses in the state.
When you engage in physical activities, you might get hurt. And everyone understands that playing golf can lead to aches, pains, muscles strains, and other minor problems. But the people who own and operate golf courses have an obligation to maintain a reasonably safe setting that’s free of unexpected hazards that may cause severe injuries.
If you were harmed in an accident caused by the negligent or harmful actions of the golf course, any of its employee, or another patron, you have the right to seek damages to cover the cost of your injuries and other expenses such as lost income.
When you use a golf course, you’ll probably be asked to sign some type of waiver relieving the owners of liability for some types of injuries that may occur. When you sign the waiver, you’re assuming a certain amount of risk for common injuries that are reasonably associated with playing golf.
Golf course operators often act as though the waiver you sign eliminates liability for any type of harm that occurs on their premises, but this simply isn’t true. Golfers have the right to expect that the course will be properly managed, and that any unsafe conditions will be addressed in a timely manner.
If there were hazardous conditions that golf course operators knew about or should have known about, then owners may be held liable for the resulting damages. In one particularly grievous example, Dallas-area Topgolf courses have repeatedly demonstrated a clear lack of concern for the safety of their customers.
Hazardous conditions that cause serious golf course injuries include:
- Fall risks
- Insufficient netting around platforms
- Broken stairways
- Defective equipment
- Debris and tripping hazards
- Poorly maintained parking lots
- Insufficient lighting
- Unsafe drop-offs
Golf Cart Accident Injuries
Golf carts are very dangerous vehicles. They are made from flimsy plastic material, and they lack the safety features that are required in cars, such as reinforced doors, sides, airbags, bumpers, and seat belts.
Even when traveling at a low speed, golf carts are subject to collisions, rollovers, and other accidents that may cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities. To prevent golf cart accidents, golf course operators must make sure their carts are in good working condition.
It’s crucial to maintain a safe pathway for golf carts that’s free of potholes, drop-offs, and other hazards that may cause an accident.
Golf carts should never be rented out to an intoxicated person, and golf courses have a responsibility to keep an eye on their patrons to make sure they’re not recklessly operating carts.
Common injuries caused by golf cart crashes include:
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
- Loss of limb
- Severe bleeding
- Back and neck injuries
- Internal bleeding
How Your Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one was harmed or killed by a senseless accident that occurred at a golf course, contact a personal injury attorney right away. The experienced litigators at The Lenahan Law Firm will investigate the accident and file a claim against anyone whose negligent actions contributed to your injuries. This may include:
- Other patrons
- Course designers
- Course maintenance companies
- Homeowner or condominium associations
- Manufacturers of faulty equipment
Damages Available for Golf Course Injuries
The people who hurt you should have to pay for what they did. A personal injury claim for a golf course accident will include the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Time missed from work
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning potential
- Medical devices
- Assisted living care
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Wheelchair ramps for your home
- Wrongful death
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