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Nicoletti Walker Law Group Nov. 24, 2015

On October 30th, a Cleveland County judge awarded the victim of a golf course accident over $17 million for a traumatic brain injury suffered on the premises. The resident was with a group of others golfing at the apartment where they lived, including an employee who was on duty at the time. While the employee was driving several residents in a shuttle/cart while on the course, the victim fell off the hood of the vehicle and hit his head on the concrete, sustaining a severe brain injury. Unfortunately, instead of instantly being transported to the hospital, the employee placed the victim back on the shuttle and continued to drive. The victim was not transported to the hospital until later that night, causing his injuries to become exacerbated due to the delay.

Sadly, the brain injury has transformed the victim’s life completely. At the time of the accident, he was 28 years old and on his way to becoming an attorney. At this point, due to his injury, his mental and physical capacity is limited and he will have to live in assisted living with a guardian. His life expectancy is likely decreased as well due to the injury.

Due to the nature of the incident, how the injury was handled, and the traumatic brain injury suffered by the victim, the judge awarded damages based on:

  • Lost wages, time, and impairment of earning capacity;

  • Past, present, and future medical expenses;

  • Permanent injuries, disfigurement, and physical and mental pain and suffering; and

  • Punitive damages due to the facility’s decision to forego seeking immediate medical assistance for the victim.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are characterized as bringing about brain dysfunction usually due to a severe and violent blow or jolt to the head. Specifically, serious injuries can result in bruising, bleeding, and sometimes even torn tissue. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, persistent headaches, convulsions, nausea, numbness in fingers and toes, loss of coordination, and additional cognitive symptoms such as confusion, agitation, and slurred speech.

Florida Golf Course Accidents

Injuries on golf courses are fairly common, particularly those involving people being hit by golf balls. Similar to any other premises liability case (where a property owner is liable for injuries that you sustain on their property), golf course owners (including hotel and/or apartment building owners that have a golf course on their property) owe patrons a duty of reasonable care. This is also true for golf cart accidents (like the one this victim suffered from).

Clearwater Brain Injuries Lawyer

If you think you have suffered from a mild, moderate, or severe brain injury, it is important that you consult with an attorney who is experienced in this area. Whether it is aggressively pursuing a favorable settlement or litigation, Mike Walker is there to guide you through this difficult time. These injuries can involve permanent, life-changing medical issues, as well as pain and suffering. Call Clearwater attorney Mike Walker today for a free consultation.