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Compensation For Blind Woman Injured By Golf Balls

Irwin Mitchell has helped a blind woman to claim compensation after she was injured several times by golf balls from a golf range next to her home.

In August 2008 our client lived in a mobile home next to a golf range. She had gone outside when a golf ball escaped from the range and hit her on the hand.

It was an ongoing problem for our client and thousands of golf balls had escaped from the nearby golf range and gone into her home and garden.

The second incident occurred in August 2009 when she was again injured. Our client was outside her mobile home taking in the washing when a golf ball hit her left hand again.

The third occasion was on 4 September 2009 when our client was sat on the sofa in her home and a golf ball came in through an open door and hit her above the right eye. 

The situation was worsened as our client was registered blind and therefore could not anticipate when a ball was likely to come.

Our client suffered soft tissue injuries to her hand which resolved fairly quickly and an ache above her eye. She had lived in the home since 1996 and since that time the golf range had been causing problems. There had been several broken windows over the years.

In May 2002 larger nets were put up by the new owners of the golf range as they were fully aware of the problems it presented to residents. Unfortunately our client was left feeling unsafe in her home and eventually moved. She suffered a post traumatic stress reaction including anxiety.

Liability was admitted by the golf range and an out of court settlement was agreed in the sum of £7,000.

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