Golfers expect to have a relaxing time whilst they are out on the course, and certainly don’t envisage that they will come home injured at the end of a day’s play. Sometimes, however, accidents do happen, and in these situations many people won’t know that they could be entitled to compensation if they have become injured as a result of another party’s negligence.
A quick Google search will reveal that there are over 2,500 golf courses in the UK. As many courses are open to beginners and those with varying levels of skill, there is an increased risk of a stray ball finding the next fairway. Although golf courses are not widely regarded as accident hotbeds, statistics indicate that on average, 12,000 golf injuries occur every year. If we can prove that the person who hit the ball has been negligent in their actions, then the injured party will be entitled to compensation.
How can a golfer be negligent?
Common practice for golfers is to shout “fore,” as they hit a wayward shot, alerting others to a potential hazard. Shouting may be enough to mitigate fault on the part of the Defendant. If the person hitting the ball has warned others of their stray shot and the injured party hasn’t moved out of the way, then it could be argued they are responsible for their own injuries.
A situation may arise where both parties are found to be at fault for the accident. In cases where a Claimant is found to be partly responsible, then the compensation which is awarded is reduced by the same percentage that they are found to be at fault.
Accidents on golf courses are not as uncommon as you may think. Taylor&Emmet can should you be involved in one. If you’ve suffered an injury whilst out playing, you can contact our experienced solicitors on 0121 752 2818, or by emailing email@example.com
By: Joshua Davies
Title: Am I able to claim for an accident I’ve had whilst I was playing golf?
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Published Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:27:28 +0000