Newest Ruling in Golf Course Cases - Plaintiff Hit in Eye by Errant Shot Loses Vision and Case

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Will New York become a haven for lousy golfers? That's a possibility given an appeals court ruling last week in the case of two (theretofore) friends and golfing buddies who took to the course on October 19, 2002. One of their threesome got hit in the eye by an errant golf shot from another in the threesome, sustained a traumatic retinal detachment, lost sight in his eye, sued his buddy and has now had his case dismissed as a matter of law.

Golf course injuries can be quite severe and lawsuits concerning them seem to be on the rise. The courts, think tanks and commentators have repeatedly addressed the situations under which there will be liability for misdirected golf shots. When one must one yell "fore," and when should an injured golfer's case be dismissed because he was out of position? These are just some of the issues being discussed in the cases and by others such as Walter Olson who chronicles the high cost of our legal system at Overlawyered (where today he mentions the case here discussed).

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