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Golf courses can be dangerous places for patrons

There are many recreational activities enjoyed by residents of Western Pennsylvania that due to factors such as the weather, can only be engaged in during the warmer summer months. Golf is one of those activities.

While many may expect sore muscles after a round of golf, no one expects to suffer a more serious injury on the course such as being struck by a golf ball hit by another person. This is in part due to the fact that there is an etiquette in golf that generally keeps players from hitting a ball when the group ahead of them is in the way. Despite this, from time-to-time individuals do hit balls out of turn, sometimes leading to injuries.

Depending on what part of the body a person is struck, the severity of the injuries suffered will vary. If, for instance, someone is hit in the head, it could cause a brain injury. Injuries inflicted in this way may lead the person who hit the golf ball to face a personal injury lawsuit.

Of course this is not the only way in which a player could suffer an injury on the course. Sometimes players are hurt due to the way a course is maintained or laid out. In these situations, a premises liability lawsuit could be filed against the owners of the golf course.

Regardless of how an injury on a golf course is inflicted, injured parties should know that they may have legal options. A personal injury lawyer can help outline what those options are.

Source: The New York Times, "The Intersection of Golf and the Law," Bill Pennington, June 23, 2013

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