Accidents at Top Golf
Our personal injury lawyers are aware of several serious injuries that have been reported by TopGolf customers, and we believe that there are likely more injuries that have not made headlines. Here are some examples of injury reports that are publicly available:
Top Golf Accident Fort Worth: Severe Eye Injuries
Multiple TopGolf customers have suffered severe eye injuries during nights out at TopGolf locations. Some of these victims have even permanently lost their eyes because of the severity of their injuries.
There have been at least two customers who have lost eyes at the Dallas TopGolf location.
In one case, Cooper Brown was enjoying a TopGolf outing with friends in Dallas when the night took an abruptly catastrophic turn. An allegedly drunken fellow TopGolf patron allegedly hit a ball that landed in Cooper’s right eye, blinding him in that eye. He has now replaced his right eye with a prosthetic one.
In 2013, another Dallas TopGolf customer lost her eye in an accident involving another customer at TopGolf. Rebecca Brown says that she was sitting at a table when another allegedly drunk customer hit a ball backwards and into her eye. Like Cooper, she too lost her eye due to how severely it was damaged and now wears a prosthetic.
There is at least one other eye injury case at TopGolf, in which a woman lost her eye when her friend swung his club backwards and struck her.
Top Golf Fall
We are aware of at least four people who have been injured in falls at TopGolf locations:
- Air Force Serviceman Charlie Paloma was paralyzed after a fall at TopGolf in 2012.
- In August of 2013, a man was injured after his foot went through an anti-fall netting system at TopGolf and he fell several feet to the ground.
- Two Fort Worth men were hospitalized in July of 2017 after falling from a second-floor deck during a fight at TopGolf. They suffered minor injuries.
Man Suffers Severe Facial Injuries in Fight at TopGolf
In Essex, England, a man suffered severe facial injuries during a fight with two other men at a TopGolf location in June of 2019. The fight broke out following an argument and spilled outside of the location. A 21-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were both charged.
While specific details regarding the fight are not available, our lawyers believe there is a significant chance that alcohol was involved. Excessive drinking is very common during TopGolf outings, which can often lead to short tempers and physical fights.
Top Golf Safety – Customers Endangered?
In our legal opinion, TopGolf has failed to do everything in their power to prevent serious injuries to their customers. There are some aspects of the TopGolf experience which we believe have left customers vulnerable to suffering preventable injuries:
Binge drinking is extremely common and arguably even encouraged at TopGolf. TopGolf is supposed to be a more exciting and fun alternative to a traditional golf course, and the business markets food and alcoholic beverages as part of the experience. Several TopGolf locations even have multiple bars on site.
Customers are frequently drunk while swinging clubs and hitting balls, which has led to customers getting injured by flying balls or golf clubs that customers have lost their grip on. Alcohol can also cause short tempers in some people, which can lead to serious injuries suffered when physical fights break out.
Questionable Safety Standards
Businesses have a legal duty to make sure their customers are safe from preventable dangers. When a customer suffers a serious injury due to unsafe conditions at a business, that customer may have grounds for a lawsuit against the business under a legal concept known as premises liability.
In our view, there is more TopGolf could do to prevent customer injuries. Some ideas include:
- Adding vertical nets to hitting bays so customers are protected from flying golf balls and clubs
- Train staff to recognize visible signs of intoxication and stop serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated customers
- Hire security staff to watch out for customers who are behaving irresponsibly
Despite the fact that there have been several reports of severe injuries at TopGolf, we believe the company has failed to make adequate efforts to improve customer safety.
Filing a Lawsuit For a TopGolf Injury
At Justice Guardians, we believe that companies that endanger their customers through negligence must be held accountable for their negligence. We also believe that those who suffer preventable injuries deserve financial compensation for the damages they’ve suffered. If you’ve been injured at TopGolf, you may be able to recover the following damages in a personal injury lawsuit against the company:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages from missed time at work
- Loss of future earning potential
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- and other personal and financial difficulties you face due to your injuries
Our personal injury lawyers are prepared to analyze your case, determine if TopGolf negligence is to blame, and help you file a TopGolf injury lawsuit. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation.