A 78-year-old golfer was playing golf at Penmar Golf Course, a Los Angeles City Course, in Venice, California. He finished putting on the green at the 5th hole, and he was headed for the 6th tee. Another golfer teed off from the 5th tee and her ball struck our golfer in the head.
The golf ball caused a serious injury to our golfer. He suffered a brain injury the left him paralyzed on half of his body. Our client was an athlete. He had run in numerous marathons, including the Boston Marathon. But, this accident left him unable to walk without assistance.
The other golfer’s homeowner’s insurance settled prior to trial. However, the design of the course, which led golfers back toward the 5th tee as they were leaving the 5th green also contributed to the accident. Yet, the City of Los Angeles would not accept any responsibility for the dangerous design of the course.
We retained experts including a world-renowned golf course architect to evaluate the conditions at Penmar. At trial, a jury agreed that the course design was flawed, and the jury awarded $1.2 Million for our client.