Family members of a New Orleans, Louisiana, man who died because of a fall from a moving golf cart have filed a wrongful death suit against the golf course where the incident occurred. Official reports show that the organizations that hosted a charitable golf tournament at that facility are also named in the wrongful death suit. The victim was fatally injured in late 2012 while participating in a tournament hosted by the Kelley Gibson Foundation/Feed the Relief at Lakewood Golf Course.
The lawsuit claims that the man was riding with his family members on the back of a golf cart when that vehicle struck an uneven stretch in the pavement. The man fell from the cart, striking his head on the concrete and suffering catastrophic injuries. That man was hospitalized for his serious wounds, and he died because of those injures on Feb. 1, 2013.
Family members are seeking financial compensation for a variety of civil claims in connection with the incident. The man’s wife and children are pursuing damages for impairment loss, loss of income, funeral expenses, medical costs, and pain and suffering, among others. The defendants are accused of negligence, carelessness and recklessness.
Those defendants have rebutted the family’s claims, arguing that the man’s relatives were not operating the golf cart in a responsible fashion at the time of the accident. They say that the victim’s fall and subsequent fatal injuries were a direct result of his choice to ride on the back of the cart. Further allegations have been brought that the man’s relative was driving irresponsibly when the incident occurred.
Victims who have suffered the loss of a loved one because of someone else’s negligence may be entitled to financial compensation for their woes. Just like this family, many clients may be eligible to file wrongful death claims for pain and suffering and other complaints. A Louisiana attorney may be able to provide additional information to help victims recover damages from negligent parties.
Source: The Louisiana Record, “Family sues after man’s death in fall from moving golf cart” Lizzy Fitzsousa, Mar. 31, 2014