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Man Awarded $1.5M for Country Club fall – New Jersey

  • Published: December 23, 2012

Floyd Romyns, 44, was awarded $1.5 million after incurring a serious head injury when he fell retrieving a golf ball from a sand trap on the 15th hole at the Newton Country Club in Morris County, New Jersey.

In a 5-1 vote, the civil jury decided that All Turf Inc. of Long Valley, New Jersey, was careless for not getting rid of the wood edging from around the sand trap on the 15th hole of the country club. Romyns was standing in the vicinity of a trap, close to the edge, when the sod just gave way. According to court records, this resulted in his falling into the trap and striking his neck and head on the wood collar, or edging, that formed the border of the trap.

The finding of the jury in the personal injury case was that Romyns was not comparatively negligent. As noted in the official records of the court, the jury found $1.5 million in compensatory damages for his pain, suffering, physical and mental impairment and loss of the enjoyment of life.

As shown in court records, Romyns has been subjected to several surgeries, including spinal operations which required fusions at six levels of cervical and thoracic spine, as well as vocational rehab.

If you or a loved one finds yourself in a similar situation after being injured on public (or private) property, call us for a free consultation; we may be able to recover compensation to cover hospital bills and other losses due to an inability to work.