Minto is a village in the Scottish Borders, with its own earl. The earldom was created in the 19th century and at the moment the 7th Earl of Minto is holding the title. Minto has a golf course, as do most Scottish towns and villages, it would appear.
Golfing whiplash injury in Minto
You might think that golf is a leisurely game and one in which you are unlikely to get injured. However, that would be a rather naïve stance to take, as at least one golfer in the UK has lost an eye after being hit by a golf ball on a golf course. This injury cost another golfer more than £400,000 in damages, some of which was also paid by the golf course owner as the course was found not to have been up to par as far as the health and safety regulations were concerned.
You could get a whiplash injury in Minto while playing golf if you were taking a swing at the ball, but suddenly tripped and fell, jolting your neck as you went down. You could also get a whiplash injury in Minto if you were hit over the head by a golf club, perhaps one that had flown out of another golfer’s hand. If you were injured in the first type of accident, it would have been your fault and you would not have been entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. If on the other hand, your accident was the result of another person’s reckless behaviour or their negligence and you can prove it was in no way your fault, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the person responsible for it.
Accidents in the golf clubhouse
You may slip, trip or fall in the 19th hole at a golf course and if you can prove that at the time of the accident you were not tipsy, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against the owner, if, for example you had slipped on liquid on the floor which should have been cleaned up by a member of staff. To be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim against the owner of the golf club, you have to be able to prove either that negligence of a member of staff caused your accident or that the layout of the course was somehow to blame for it.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you think that you have a potential personal injury compensation claim to file, but aren’t sure how you go about doing this, call us at Accident Advice Helpline. You can call us at any time of day or night, any day of the year on one of our freephone numbers. From a landline dial 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993. For expert legal advice, call now.
Date Published: 21st July 2014