A woman who was hit in the face by a badly struck golf ball as she was leaving her local golf course has been awarded 7,500 pounds in golf injury compensation.
Rachel Davis was walking back to her car after playing nine holes of golf at the Branston Golf and Country Club in Staffordshire when a golf ball struck her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground. The force of her fall caused damage to her teeth, cuts to her lips and bruising elsewhere on her body. Rachel received immediate medical treatment in hospital for her injuries but was forced to take the following week off of work.
After seeking legal counsel, Rachel made a claim for golf injury compensationagainst the Golf and Country Club. An investigation by East Staffordshire Borough Council was also begun, in which it was found that there were no warning signs in place to advise golfers of the hazard and that a fence which had been erected to prevent accidents of this nature was too low and in a state of disrepair
The Golf and Country Club was prosecuted by East Staffordshire Borough Council and was discovered to be in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Club was fined 5,000 pounds with a further 3,515 in costs, while Rachel was awarded 7,500 pounds in golf injury compensation.