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Blinded Golfer Loses Appeal; NY’s Top Court Says He Assumed the Risk

Posted Dec 21, 2010 12:44 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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New York’s highest court has ruled on behalf of a golfer accused of failing to yell "fore" before hitting a ball that struck and blinded his friend in one eye.

The New York Court of Appeals ruled that the friend, Dr. Azad Anand, had assumed the risk of injury, according to stories by the Associated Press and the New York Law Journal. “The manner in which Anand was injured—being hit without warning by a 'shanked' shot while one searches for one's own ball—reflects a commonly appreciated risk of golf,” the court said.

The memorandum opinion (PDF) upheld dismissal of Anand’s lawsuit against Dr. Anoop Kapoor.

Anand’s lawyer, Steven Cohn, told AP that his client is a neuroradiologist who was unable to work after his injury.

Hat tip to How Appealing.

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