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Jury Awards $950,000 in Golf Cart Accident

Amount: $950,000
Court: Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

A jury verdict resulted in a $950,000 award for a gentlemen injured while playing golf at a local golf course, The client was in the middle of entertaining a business guest when the guest, operating a golf cart in which the client was situated, went out of control and struck a tree, ejecting the client. The client suffered a severely broken ankle requiring multiple surgical procedures.The lawsuit was filed against the operator of the golf cart as well as the operator of the golf course due to the hazardous nature and slope of a hill/curve combination to the cart path that was built on the course. The trial lasted almost a full week in which it was proved that the operator of the golf cart, not the operator of the golf course, was responsible for the golf cart going out of controlFollowing the trial, it was argued that the insurance company had lacked good faith in handling the claim by the trial judge resulting in an additional award for pre-judgment interest.

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