Who is Liable for a Golf Ball Accident?

Who is liable for a golf ball accident if I was hit in the face by an errant golf ball at my local course?

Who is Liable for a Golf Ball Accident?

Who is Liable for a Golf Ball Accident?

Question:

Who is liable for a golf ball accident if I was hit in the face by an errant golf ball at my local course?

Answer:

In order to determine who is liable for a golf ball accident, it will be necessary to establish the circumstances in which your injury was sustained. In most claims for a golf ball accident the golfer who struck the ball is the liable party, but there may also be reason to claim injury compensation against the club at which you were playing if it can be established that a faulty course layout or a breach in the golf course´s duty of care resulted in your injury being sustained.

Solicitors assisting clients in a golf ball accident compensation claim will often look beyond the golfer who physically struck the golf ball, as only one-in-ten golfers have any form of golf liability insurance for when they are responsible for accidents on the golf course. Although claims for a golf ball accident can be made against the negligent individual´s home insurance policy, if the golfer is a tenant or a visitor from another country, a home insurance policy may not be in existence or may have low limits in respect of how much compensation for a golf ball accident you are able to claim.

A golf course, however, has to adhere to health and safety regulations in respect of it being a leisure venue and has to ensure that – as much as possible – the risk of injury is eliminated. This means that as part of the golf course´s duty of care, fences should be erected to contain areas in which a golf ball could be mishit and cause injury and prominently displayed signs should warn visitors to the golf courses of the risk of injury where this is not possible. Should there be a lack of fencing or signs at your golf course or they are not maintained in a good condition, you should be able to claim golf ball accident compensation against the golf course´s liability insurers.

Until such time as it can be established who is liable for a golf ball accident, you should continue with the procedures that would need to be completed before a claim for a golf ball accident can be made against any party. Therefore – if you have not already done so – seek professional medical attention for your injury and make a report of your accident in the golf course´s “Accident Report Book”. Thereafter it is in your best interests to discuss the circumstances of your accident at the golf course with a personal injury solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity to determine who is liable for a golf ball accident.

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