Golf Course Liability Lawyers
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The mere ownership or operation of a golf course does not automatically make its owner liable for any injury suffered while on the course. There are, however, certain situations under which a golf course owner may be liable for injuries occurring on the premises.
What Is The Duty By A Golf Course's Owner To Those Who Play On The Course?
The golf course owner's duty is to create rules for the protection of those who rightfully use the course and make sure those rules are enforced. The owner also has a duty to maintain the course using ordinary care and to remedy any potential causes of injury. A golf course's owner will only be liable if he fails to exercise ordinary care (i.e. is negligent) in how he operates the course.
What Are Some Injuries The Owner Of A Golf Course May Be Liable For?
Injuries on a golf course for which the course owner may be liable typically arise in three different situations:
- Errant golf ball shots: Players on a golf course have a general duty not to drive their balls without giving warning (i.e. yelling "FORE") when they are within hitting distance of people in the field of play. As a result, the owner of a golf course is not liable for injuries sustained when no warning is given. Golf course owners will typically be liable if they fail to put up safety nets in areas where it is foreseeable that an errant shot may injure someone or it is foreseeable that the layout of the course has a strong potential for injury
- Golf cart injuries: Liability to a course's owner arises from improper maintenance of the golf cart or failure to repair a dangerous condition of the course on which it is used
- Slip and fall / Premises liability: Like tennis clubs, golf course owners may be liable if a player slips and injuries himself because of a defect in the course known to the owner that has not been fixed
If I Am Injured On A Golf Course, Do I Need A Personal Injury Attorney?
A personal injury lawyer will be able to evaluate the seriousness of your injury, the degree of negligence of the golf course, and the likelihood that you will be able to recover for you claim. If you are injured while playing golf on a course, while driving a golf cart rented from the course on its grounds, or hit by a golf ball close to a golf course, you should contact an attorney for advice on your claim.
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Last Modified: 11-30-2011 03:59 PM PST
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