Golf Spectator Needs Stitches After Being Injured By A Golf Ball


The Law Of... preventing golf ball injuries

With the success of champion Jimmy Walker in the recent PGA and golfing season in full swing, Simpson Millar considers the serious consequences of golf ball injuries.

Just how dangerous is golf?

The PGA tour was off to a bad start as one of the players, Tony Finau, accidentally shot a golf ball into the face of a spectator, resulting in her needing several stitches. Finau kindly went out of his way to check how the young girl was by visiting her the day after her injury, surprising her with chocolates and flowers.

After the incident, Finau commented that he hoped she was okay and had not been seriously injured.

A Dangerous Sport?

However, not all people who have been injured on golf courses are so lucky and the injuries individuals can sustain from golf balls can be extremely serious.

Last year, a player in Lanarkshire was hit on the head with a golf ball and suffered from a serious head injury, which required hospital treatment. The judge overseeing the case found that the danger posed by the risk of an errant shot to those nearby was 'reasonably foreseeable', and the player was awarded £10,000 in compensation for his injuries.

In 2011, the same judge also awarded £400,000 in damages when a famous player lost an eye due to a golfer’s poor shot. In this particular case, there was a ruling that the club was also liable due to its failure to erect adequate warning signs on the golf course.

Dealing With Injuries

Kimberley points out:

"The implications of a head injury are serious and spectators or passers-by who have been hit need to be mindful of physical and psychological injuries that they can be left with as a result of damage to the brain."

The long-term effects of an acquired brain injury could lead to a range of cognitive, behavioural, and physical symptoms that could impair everyday life and functioning. These vary from person to person, but may include symptoms such as:

  • Difficulties with concentration and communication
  • Impaired judgement
  • Disorientation
  • An inability to multitask
  • Increased anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood changes
  • Restlessness
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Double vision or blindness
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Speech impairment or problems
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Short term memory loss
  • Problems balancing
  • Disrupted sleep patterns

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