Golfer is Injured by Country Club Employee

    Premises LiabilityThis case takes place in Ohio and involves a golf cart accident resulting in serious injury. An employee was operating a golf cart in order to transport water coolers near the caddy facilities. The driver crashed the golf cart into the plaintiff who was walking nearby. The driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, and his employers allegedly knew of his intoxication prior to his operation of the golf cart. The plaintiff suffered severe injuries in his right leg, including a compound fracture. The country club contends that they were not responsible for the actions of the driver, as they felt it was not their responsibility to ensure that the employee was not drunk, and that the driver had become intoxicated without their knowlege. The plaintiff alleges the country club is responsible for its employees at all times, and is therefore responsible for the driver who was driving the cart.

    Question(s) For Expert Witness

    • 1. Please discuss your background in country club management.
    • 2. Can you discuss industry practices regarding country club owners' responsibility for their employees?

    Expert Witness Response E-008981

    With more than 40 years professional experience in golf courses, I am highly qualified to serve as an expert reviewer of this case. This accident traces back to upper management. As a former director of operations and vice president of facilities for multiple golf courses, I have questions about the defendant’s alcohol policy, employee book, and their hiring criteria for management. It seems that there was an egregious lack of oversight for the employee involved in this unfortunate accident. I would be happy to review this case on the behalf of the plaintiff.

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