DALLAS — You know what they say, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Well, one Dallas attorney says that’s exactly the situation at TopGolf. Marc Lenahan has filed two lawsuits on behalf of five plaintiffs.
They claim the golf company’s loose safety policies caused them serious injuries — from a broken nose to spinal cord damage.
One of the plaintiffs, Rebecca Brown, says she was sitting at a table at TopGolf in 2013 when an intoxicated guest hit a ball backwards. The ball hit her in the face, and doctors weren’t able to save her right eye. Now, she wears a prosthetic.
NewsFix reached out to TopGolf. In a statement, they say: “We care about the well-being of all our guests, and safety continues to be a top priority.”
But Lenahan says if that’s true, they need to make some changes. Among other things, he’s calling on them to install barriers between and behind the golf stalls, and to increase the coverage of the safety netting on the second levels of the facilities.
He says the latter could have saved another plaintiff, Air Force Serviceman Charlie Palomo, from a fall that left him paralyzed back in 2012.
Brown agrees that change is needed, saying the combination of flying balls, swinging clubs, and flowing alcohol is a recipe for disaster.
“It’s basically an accident waiting to happen,” Brown said.
Time will tell if TopGolf swings into action to implement safety changes, or if a judge awards a lot of green.