HOW MUCH IS MY GOLF CART ACCIDENT CASE WORTH? WHAT DAMAGES AM I ENTITLED TO?
Golf cart accidents can result in injuries that range from simple bumps and bruise pain to catastrophic, disabling damages that can last a lifetime. Seeking treatment afterwards can be overwhelming, often requiring extensive medical treatment and missed time at work. Fortunately, Rhode Island law provides a way for you to hold the negligent person or company financially responsible for your injuries and damages.
Damages for injuries to golf cart accident victims in Rhode Island can include payment for:
ECONOMIC DAMAGE – such as tangible out of pocket costs which are often established with bills and invoices
- Medical expenses, including past, present, and future bills
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Transportation costs
- Costs of medical devices and modifications and accommodations to your home or vehicle
- Costs of assistive devices
- Expenses for in-home healthcare and household services
- Lost wages, both from missed work and missed future earning potential
- Household bills
NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES – which include general intangible damages. These damages affect quality of life, but are oftentimes more significant, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Anxiety and post-traumatic stress (emotional distress)
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Lifestyle impairment
PUNITIVE DAMAGES – In some instances the responsible party’s conduct is so egregious that punitive damages are appropriate as a means of punishment and a deterrent to future bad conduct.
In the event that a loved one has died in a golf cart accident you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim for those left behind. Of course no amount of money can bring your loved on back or provide adequate compensation, but you nevertheless may be able to recover for funeral and burial costs, loss of income, and loss of companionship.
At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our golf cart accident injury lawyers will fight for every dollar you deserve. On these types of cases it is often helpful to work closely with expert witnesses to ensure that your injuries and damages are valued fully. This extra effort makes sure that you recover all you deserve for your golf cart accident injuries.
GOLF CART ACCIDENTS INVOLVING E-Z-GO GOLF CARTS MANUFACTURED BY TEXTRON
In recent years, a rash of lawsuits have been filed against the E-Z-Go Division of Textron, Inc. based on injuries sustained in accidents involving the E-Z-Go Golf Carts. These lawsuits have alleged breach of warranty, manufacturing defects, negligence, design defects and failure to warn. Recently, in a lawsuit in Kentucky seeking to hold the E-Z-Go Division of Textron, Inc. responsible for the tragic death of a 15-year old E-Z-Go Golf Cart passenger after a rollover accident the plaintiffs sought to introduce evidence of over 47 prior accidents involving the E-Z-Go Golf Cart. They alleged that the prior incidents were proof of notice of defects and / or failures of E-Z-Go and Textron’s required corporate safety program. The plaintiffs wrote:
“Plaintiffs urge the Court to allow admission of the proof of other rollovers, other speed-related incidents, and other events that bear enough similarity to some of the facts in this tragic wreck so as to assist the jury in deciding if Textron had notice of use of its product by young teenagers, unlicensed drivers, on slopes, with braking issues and subsequent loss of control, and/or rollover, if one or more of those items constituted a known defect, if Textron intentionally minimized or destroyed evidence of such events, and if Textron’s response and lack of response to such events reflects an adequate corporate safety program.”
If you or a loved one has been injured after an accident or rollover involving an E-Z-Go Golf Cart manufactured by Textron, Inc. you should call Marin and Barrett, Inc. immediately. We may be able to assist in your recovery for breach of warranty, manufacturing defects, negligence, design defects, and failure to warn. Textron, Inc., who manufactures the E-Z-Go Golf Cart, is a major defense contractor and manufacturer and recorded a net profit of $1.22 billion in 2018.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE INJURED IN GOLF CART ACCIDENTS?
In 2008, a study titled “Golf Cart-Related Injuries in the US” analyzed all non-fatal golf-cart related injuries in the U.S. emergency departments from 1990 to 2006. The study revealed an estimated 147,696 people aged 2 to 96 were treated in emergency rooms over the 17-year period. Injuries to children accounted from 31.2% of the cases and soft tissue damage was the most common injury at 47.7%.
HOW CAN OUR RHODE ISLAND GOLF CART INJURY LAWYERS HELP?
Have you or someone you love been injured by in a golf cart rollover or golf cart accident? At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our injury lawyers understand that injuries from a golf cart accident can have serious and long-lasting consequences. You have the legal right to seek compensation from the responsible parties and we can help to make sure that you are fully compensated. Call our office at 401-228-8271 to schedule your free, no obligation golf cart accident case evaluation today.
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HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH MY GOLF CART ACCIDENT CASE?
First thing is first, be sure to get the medical attention you need. Once you do that, the bills will start pouring in and the expenses add up in a hurry. Realistically you’ll want to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The evidence you may need is often the freshest shortly after the accident, and you can rest assured that the party or parties responsible for your injuries will be gearing up for their own legal fight and you will not want to be left behind.