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Golf Course-Related Injury Risks

By Grant Law Office on April 30, 2023

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Enjoying a day playing golf is a favorite pastime for many residents and visitors to the Atlanta area. Unfortunately, a pleasurable day playing golf can turn into a nightmare under the right circumstances. Golf is not traditionally considered a dangerous sport, but injury accidents can happen, even on the most beautiful, famous, or well-managed courses.

Types of Golf Course Injury Accidents

The most common types of injuries associated with golf carts include:

  • TBI (traumatic brain injury)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Back injury
  • Neck injury
  • Fractures
  • Internal injuries
  • Amputations
  • Skull fractures

Golf Cart Crashes

Some golf cart drivers fail to operate golf carts in a safe manner. These vehicles lack many of the safety features of passenger vehicles, such as doors and seatbelts. When in a collision or rollover, an accident can result in very serious injuries or even death. The number of accidents involving these vehicles has led to a staggering 15,000 trips to the ER per year. When a claim or lawsuit is filed, it may name the golf course owners, the golf cart manufacturers, or several parties.

Struck by a Golf Ball

The impact of a fast-moving golf ball, when striking the head, can lead to very serious or even fatal injuries. An estimated 40,000 golfers seek emergency medical treatment due to injuries from golf balls or club heads that have become detached during a swing, as reported by GolfSupport. They report that the risk of injuries on the golf course outstrip the rate of injuries in other games considered much more dangerous, including rugby, known as one of the most dangerous of all contact sports.

Struck by Golf Club

Golfers who fail to exercise care when swinging a club, ensuring no other individual is within striking range, have caused many serious or fatal injuries. Being struck by a golf club could come about when the club slips out of the hands of the owner, or even throws a club in anger.

Trip and Fall Accidents on Golf Courses

If a golf course owner failed to maintain or warn against a hazardous walking surface, whether in the club house, on walkways, or other area of the course, and an individual slips and falls, the injuries sustained can be very serious or fatal, often involving broken wrists, elbows, or severe head injuries, or brain damage.

Golf Course Parking Lot Accidents

A serious or fatal injury can occur in the parking lot of a golf course, due to inattentive drivers, or vehicle operators who enter or leave a parking lot at an unsafe speed. Many golfers enjoy a drink or two at the clubhouse and may be well over the legal limit when leaving the parking lot, and fail to see a pedestrian or other vehicle, causing a crash and injuring an innocent individual.

TopGolf Facilities and Injury Cases

TopGolf Atlanta is among the premier entertainment venues in the city. Experienced golfers and individuals new to the sport enjoy being able to practice their shot and enjoy the sports bar and restaurant. Residents and visitors flood to the facility to practice the game, eat, and drink. Unfortunately, these facilities are the location of many serious injuries. The combination of sport and alcoholic beverages comes with inherent risks. Drunk golfers may swing widely, hitting another patron with the club, or hit a ball wildly, or even backwards, leading to very serious injuries. Falls on the TopGolf facilities can lead to severe injuries, including head, neck, lost eyes, spinal cord, back, and brain injuries. If you or someone you love was injured on a TopGolf property, contact Grant Law Office for a free case consultation.

Who is Liable?

Depending on the facts in the case, liability could lie with one or more parties, including the golf course owner, manager, or an individual golfer. The first step in filing a claim or lawsuit is a full evaluation of the facts to determine which party or parties acted in a negligent manner. With the help of the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Grant Law Office, a full review of your case can reveal the best way to move forward to pursue full compensation for all damages.

Contact Grant Law Office at (404) 995-3955 for immediate assistance and a free case consultation if you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries or loss of life in a golf cart accident.

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