In fl is a golf liable if a gold ball hits me on my property adjoining the golf course

I was standing in my back yard and a golf ball came through
the air and dropped on my foot

Asked on April 21, 2016 under Personal Injury, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The golf course and golfer are probably not liable, since being hit a golf ball is a known risk of living next to a golf course: by having a house next to the course, you are generally deemed to accept the risk of stray golf balls, and when you accept a risk, you cannot recover compensaton for injuries from it.
There are grounds under which they may be liable--
1) the golf course, if you can show, such as by expert golf-course designer testimony, that a reasonably designed golf course would have a retaining or safety barrier of some sort there, but it would take such expert testimony to try to establish that; or 
2) the golfer, if you can identify him or her and show that he/she was doing something improper--for example, trying to hit the ball into your yard, rather then simply playing the game and the ball went astray
--but it is not certain you'd win, and may not be worth the time and cost of the suit.


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