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A Guide To Golf Course Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Daniel Holloway. Last updated 14th June 2022. Welcome to our golf course accident claims guide. There is no doubt that golf is a popular sport in the UK. Whenever we visit a golf course, we expect to have a fun and leisurely, albeit competitive, day out. We don’t expect to end the day with a trip to A&E. However, golf accidents are not uncommon.

Not only can those playing golf get injured, but also golf balls have struck people passing by, and staff at golf clubs and courses around the country have also sustained injuries. If you have been injured in a golf course accident and it was not your fault, there is a very high chance that you will be entitled to compensation. This is where we come in.

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At Legal Expert, we have many years of experience and we have helped thousands of personal injury victims to get the compensation they deserve, including those that have been injured at golf courses.

To find out more about our company and the service we provide, as well as the accident claims process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

Time limit for making golf course accident claims

If you’ve been injured as a result of third-party negligence, meaning someone breached their legal duty of care to you, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. However, did you know that all personal injury claims have time limits within which you could make one?

In general, this time limit is 3 years. It’s usually effective from the date that you sustained your injury or the date of knowledge, which is the date that you realised your suffering was a result of third-party negligence.

If you try to make your claim after this time limit has expired, you may no longer be eligible for compensation. Therefore, it’s important that you act fast if you know you want to make a claim. Why not speak to one of our advisors today and see what steps you could take next?

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A Guide To Golf Course Accident Claims

There are more than 2,500 golf courses across Britain, covering roughly 1,500 km2. If you have been injured at one of these courses and the incident was not your fault, there is a very high chance that you will be eligible for personal injury compensation. From carting accidents and club related injuries to being struck by a ball, there are many different types of accidents and injuries that can happen at a golf course.

In this guide, we will reveal everything that you need to know about golf course accident claims. We will take a further look at some of the most common golf course accidents, as well as providing information on the number of golf course accidents that happen in the UK.

We will also explain the golf club duty of care, and we will give you details regarding the amount of compensation you may receive for the injuries you have sustained and how you can go about securing it. If, by the time you finish reading this guide, you still have queries, simply get in touch with our friendly team and they will happily explain further.

Golf Course Accident Statistics

In the United Kingdom, approximately 12,000 golfers require some level of treatment every year due to being injured on a golf course. In one year alone, there were over 3,500 head injuries reported. It is not only golf players that can get injured, as spectators have also suffered the misfortune of head injuries due to being struck because of an errant shot.

This has happened at a number of major championships, including the Scottish Open and the Open Championship. In fact, in August 2007, one man was struck by a golf ball due to an errant shot at Niddry Castle in West Lothian, and the incident cost him his eye. The person responsible and the golf course were sued for £397,000.

What Sort Of Accidents Can Happen At Golf Courses?

There are many different types of accidents that can happen at a golf course. We are going to take a look at four of the most common below:

  • Golf course negligence– This relates to injuries that have been caused because of golf courses that have not been maintained properly and contain dangerous slopes, which can lead to players, marshals, and caddies being injured in slip, trip and fall accidents especially. Other issues concerning negligent golf course maintenance include broken glass strewn around, sand traps, cracked pathways, and puddles of water, all of which show that management has not maintained the golf course properly. Fractures, strains, and sprains are common injuries suffered due to this. It is also worth pointing out that all golf courses are required to put fences up in areas that are deemed high risk so that people do not get hit by golf balls. If it is not possible for a fence to be erected, it is important that warning signs are put up so that people are aware of the dangers of walking about in the said area.
  • Golf buggy and cart injuries – You may be surprised by just how common accidents involving golf buggies and golf carts are. They can either be caused because the individual driving the buggy has not been doing so with the required attention and care or because of a fault with the golf buggy itself. Golf caddies and players may get injured if rash driving causes a collision with another individual or buggy, or if faulty brakes cause the golf buggy to fail. Common injuries, in this case, include concussion, whiplash, fractures, and bruises.
  • Golf club injuries – Another common cause of accidents and injuries on golf courses include when a player loses their grip of the club during their swig. If a club goes flying through the air, it could easily strike another person or several people. If you have been injured in this manner, you can make a claim. Injuries differ in severity considerably. Some people suffer concussions and serious bruising, whereas others sustain broken bones. There can also be serious head injuries or cerebral haemorrhages if the golf club hits someone in the side or back of their head.
  • Golf ball injuries – Last but not least, we have golf ball injuries. These are the most common types of accidents that occur at golf courses. Even experienced players can play an errant shot from time to time, which has resulted in marshals and spectators suffering eye and head injuries. Golf balls are dangerous because of their small size and the sheer speed at which they travel. The severity of such a golf course injury differs depending on how far away the victim was from the golfer and the speed at which the ball was travelling.

If you cannot see the type of injury you have sustained above, please do not fret, as you will still be able to make a claim if you can prove liability. Simply pick up the phone for more information.

Who Is Liable For Accidents On A Golf Course?

Golf course liabilities is an important matter when it comes to making any type of golf course accident claim. In most incidents, the liability will be placed on the shoulders of the golfer who struck the ball, if this is what happened.

However, this is only the case if the actions of the golfer are deemed negligent. Generally, a player should not play the stroke until he or she knows that the area is clear. Of course, there are many other types of accidents and injuries that can occur on a golf course.

In the next section, we will take you through the liability of the golf course, which is typically to blame for slips, trips and other injuries that have been caused because of poor maintenance.

The Golf Course’s Liability

All employers in the UK are required to provide a safe and healthy environment. This is not only for their workforce but for the spectators, visiting players, and club members too. This is per the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974.

As part of the duty of care that the golf course needs to adhere to, they should make sure that fences are put up in areas whereby a golf ball could cause serious injuries due to a mis-hit. Of course, there are going to be places whereby it is simply not possible to put up a fence. If this is the case, prominent signs should be put up to ensure risk is reduced.

All golf courses need to carry out risk assessments regularly to ensure they keep on top of their health and safety requirements. If the golf course has failed to do this, and you have been injured as a result, you can make a claim for golf course accident compensation.

Golf Course Accident Claims For Faulty Equipment

Almost all golf courses in the UK enable you to hire out a golf buggy. These buggies should be maintained properly to make sure they do not roll over or their brakes do not fail. If an accident has been caused because a buggy has failed or because any other type of equipment was faulty, you will be able to launch a claim.

I Have Been Hit By A Golf Ball, Can I Claim?

‘What happens if you hit someone with a golf ball?’ is a question we often get asked about. If a golf ball has hit someone, the personal injury victim may be entitled to compensation. However, it does depend on the circumstances surrounding the case. For example, if the person in question did not check that the area was clear before striking the ball, they may be deemed liable.

Nevertheless, if it was considered a freak accident, so to speak, and the golfer did everything that was expected of him or her in terms of safety, then there may not be the basis for a claim. Rather than trying to guess, though, the best thing to do is give Legal Expert a call and explain what happened. We will then be able to inform you as to whether you have a strong chance of securing compensation or not.

How To Launch A Successful Golf Course Injury Claim

The process when it comes to golf course injury claims is actually very straightforward when you work with us. All you need to do is give our helpline a call, and we will take it from there. We will start out with a free consultation.

This gives you a great chance to ask all of the questions you have. It also allows us to embark on a bit of a fact-finding session. This is nothing for you to worry about. We will ask quite a few questions, but it is only so that we can advise you in the best possible manner.

Judging The Severity Of A Golf Course Accident

There is no denying that golf course accidents and injuries can vary in terms of severity considerably. This is one of the most pivotal factors that are going to be considered when determining how much compensation you may receive. After all, a golf ball may have struck both you and another person.

However, your injuries may be much more severe than the other person’s. You may have been hit at a greater speed or you may have been much closer to the golfer who struck the ball. From severe head injuries to minor bruising, there are so many different types of injuries that can occur, so the medical report that your doctor puts together plays a very important role in determining the level of compensation you will get.

What Can I Claim For When Making A Golf Course Accident Claim?

Compensation is split into two parts when making a personal injury claim. The first half is what is known as general damages. This is the payout you will get for the pain and suffering you have been subject to. It is worth noting here that this does not only relate to the physical damage, but you can claim for psychological injuries too.

The second part of compensation for golf course injury claims is what is known as special damages. When someone gets injured, it is very likely that they will experience a few financial expenses or consequences because of this. For example, people often need to take time off work while they recover, and this results in a loss of earnings or even a future loss of earnings. You can claim for this as this is part of special damages.

You can also claim for any other costs involved, be it travel expenses, care costs, domestic help costs, medical bills and the like. The only requirement is that you can show the expense directly relates to your injuries. Furthermore, you will need proof, so make sure you keep a hold of receipts, documents, and anything else that shows the cost.

2022 Compensation Payouts For Golf Accidents

As mentioned above, compensation for a golf ball injury could be split into two heads of claim known as general damages and special damages. Getting hit by a golf ball could cause a variety of injuries – both physical and psychological. General damages is the figure that’s awarded for the pain and suffering caused by these injuries.

In order to help you understand how this figure can be calculated, we’ve included some figures in the table below. These have been taken from a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is updated semi-regularly and was last done so in 2022.

The JCG consists of a detailed compendium of injuries with related figures that can be used as a guide for valuing a general damages payment. Legal professionals make use of the JCG when going through this process, as well as other helpful resources, such as medical evidence.

The extent of the damage can vary on a case-by-case basis. The amount you receive for any injuries caused by negligent golfing accidents will likely reflect how severe your injuries are. You’ll find some examples of bracketed figures in the table below.

Type of injuryAverage payoutDescription
Head£282,010 to £403,990When the injured person has very little response to their environment
Severe Back Injuries£91,090 to £160,980Such as breaks to the back, which will have a permanent affect on the life of the victim.
Moderate Back Injuries£27,760 to £38,780Damage to the muscles and ligaments of the back, which will cause pain until healed.
Minor Back Injuries£7,890 to £12,510Sprains, lacerations and bruising, which will heal rapidly and have no lasting affect.
Wrist InjuriesIn the region of £7,430Uncomplicated Colles' fracture.
Wrist Injuries£3,530 to £4,740Minor or undisplaced fracture.
Hand Injuries£140,660 to £201,490Total loss of both hands
Hand Injuries£96,160 to £109,650Total or effective loss of one hand
Mental Anguish£4,670Fear of impending death

Can’t find the injury you have experienced in the table provided? Don’t panic – you will still be able to claim if you can prove negligence or carelessness on the behalf of someone else. For a better understanding of the typical payout amount for your injury, just give us a call.

Other examples of claiming compensation after being hit by a golf ball

The settlement you receive following a successful golf course injury claim can also include other figures known as special damages. The amount that’s calculated will depend on the level of financial loss you have experienced as a result of your injury or injuries.

If the golf injury is severe enough, this could lead to a prolonged absence from work. As such, the loss of earnings that you experience can be calculated and awarded to you to reimburse you for this loss.

Other costs such as certain medical expenses can also be considered for reimbursement.

We understand that it can be confusing when trying to understand how much your claim for a golf injury could be worth. Speaking to our advisors is the best way to get advice and estimates specific to your circumstances.
We can also help you understand the laws surrounding this kind of incident, such as if the ball goes over the fence, and laws of that nature.

No Win No Fee Claims For Golf Course Accidents

One of the main reasons why so many people choose Legal Expert to launch a claim is because of our 100 per cent No Win No Fee promise. This means that you only pay legal fees to us if your claim is a successful one and you are awarded compensation.

If for some reason, things do not go as we expect them to, you will not need to pay a penny in legal fees. This takes away the financial risk that a lot of people associate with making a claim. It also means that you are not going to need to make an upfront payment to get started, so anyone can claim, no matter how much money they have in the bank.

Once your claim has been won, you’ll pay a small success fee to your solicitor that’s legally capped.

It is also worth pointing out that this makes your solicitor accountable for the service that he or she provides, which can give a lot of people great peace of mind

Why Choose Legal Expert To Launch A Claim For A Golf Course Incident

There are a number of different reasons why you should choose Legal Expert to launch a claim for an accident at a golf course. This includes the following:

– We always put our customers first as weknow that you are going through a terrible time. Therefore, we will focus on your claim while you focus on getting better.

– We have an excellent track record for securing the highest possible payouts as we are not just happy with securing any old amount – we want the best for our clients.

– Our service is 100 per cent No Win No Fee. The benefits of this were explained in the former section.

– We have years of experience in the industry, and in this time we have helped many personal injury victims to secure the compensation they deserve. Our reputation and track record speak for themselves.

Contact Us Today

There are many different ways you can get in touch with us here at Legal Expert if you would like to proceed with a claim or you have any further queries concerning golf course accident claims:

We’re open 24/7, so you can get in touch at any time that is convenient for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, we’ve answered some of the more questions we’re commonly asked. If you have any follow-up questions or other issues you would like addressing, then get in touch.

You can do so by using any of the methods above. Our advisors are ready and waiting 24/7 to help you in any way they can.

Do You Need Golf Insurance?

It is not a legal requirement to have golf insurance in order to play. However, it is advised to have a policy in place in case someone is hit by a golf ball that you have hit. Otherwise, there may be a risk that you will have to cover the costs of the compensation owed to the victim.

Who Is Liable If You Hit Someone With A Golf Ball?

The responsibility can often rest with the person who struck the ball. However, the matter of negligence will enter the discussion. For example, if the golfer struck the ball with the knowledge that there were other people on the same course then this could be considered negligent behaviour.

A golfer should be vigilant and only strike the ball when other peoples’ chances of getting hit by a golf ball are relatively low.

Can You Sue A Golf Club?

It is possible to sue a golf club if you have evidence that they were partially negligent along with the golfer who caused your injuries. For example, they may not have implemented safety procedures when this should have been done.

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