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    Can I claim for an injury at a golf range?


    Answers to the question “Can I claim for an injury at a golf range?” vary according to the circumstances surrounding the incident. Accidents at the golf range are surprisingly common, and when they happen, it can be hard to determine if the accident is a result of negligence and therefore, a case for a personal injury claim.

    What is a golf range?

    A golf range is different to a golf course. On a golf range, people stand in booths and drive their golf balls as far down the range as possible, whereas a golf course is where a full game of golf can be played out. In short, there are a lot of balls flying around on a golf range, and the humble golf ball can potentially cause a lot of damage.

    One way you may receive an injury on a golf range is if a ball hits you at a time when it was clearly stated that no shots should be taken. Take, for instance, the golfer who has accidentally released a club that has gone down the range. The range management may ask the other golfers to refrain from hitting balls until after the club is retrieved and the golfer is safely off the range. If anybody hits a ball at this point and injures the golfer retrieving the club, they may be held accountable for the accident.

    How do I know if I have a claim?

    For any compensation claim to be valid, you must not be at fault for the accident. There must be a level of accountability on the part of another party such as the negligence of the golf range owners or the actions of other golfers. If the accident was your own fault, it is unlikely that a valid personal injury claim can be made. If, for example, if you accidentally release your club, step onto the range to retrieve it, and are injured by a golf ball, your own actions caused the accident. On the other hand, if you are hit by a ball while walking across an area that is supposed to be safe, then the golf range owner may be held accountable for the accident. Safe areas should have surrounding fences to prevent wayward shots from penetrating the safe zone and if an accident happens because proper safety fences are not well-maintained and used in the correct places, then negligence is the reason for the compensation claim.

    Where to get help

    Accident Advice Helpline can be contacted in a number of ways for information and advice. One way is to call our free 24/7 telephone helpline to get things moving. In addition, you can find throughout our website case studies and other valuable information such as details about the claim process. If you would like to see approximately how much compensation you may be entitled to from a personal injury claim, use the compensation calculator and find out in 30 seconds.

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    Date Published: May 3, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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