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Golf range ordered to pay W150m in eye injury case

The Seoul Central District Court said on Monday that it has ruled in favor of a plaintiff who filed a suit against a golf range after the customer suffered serious eye injury from another customer’s club.

Authorities said the plaintiff suffered significant visual impairment in the right eye after being struck by another person making a back swing at the tee next to his at a driving range in Seoul in 2015.

The victim reportedly sustained the injury near the whiteboard-mounted pillar that stands in between the tee boxes. Members are required to reserve tee boxes and time slots at the whiteboard. 


(Yonhap)
(Yonhap)

According to court officials, the court has ordered the driving range and insurance company to jointly pay the victim nearly 150 million won ($138,150) for failing to ensure its facilities and equipment are safe.

The court views that the facility operator holds considerable responsibility for the accident, citing the “narrow distance between the whiteboard and tee boxes.”

As the plaintiff showed “carelessness” walking into the swinging range, the court did not hold the swinger accountable for hitting in his designated area.
By Catherine Chung (cec82@heraldcorp.com)
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