Golf balls are supposed to come off the head of a golf club at a high velocity. The golf club head, on the other hand, is supposed to remain on the end of the shaft. In Colorado the head of a Wilson pitching wedge left the shaft and struck the head of another golfer, causing very significant injuries. This week a jury tallied up the score.
The Colorado story appeared in the Rocky Mountain News.
A federal jury awarded nearly $2 million Tuesday to a man who was struck in the head when a golf club made by Wilson Sporting Goods Co. came apart during a swing.
David R. Price, 48, won’t collect that much because part of the jury’s award was larger than Colorado law allows. His lawyer, Ben Aisenberg, said Price likely will collect about $1.1 million, not counting interest. The exact amount still must be calculated.
Price was injured April 28, 2002, while golfing with his son at the Sunset Golf Course in Longmont. The club, a pitching wedge, came apart when Price’s son swung it. The club’s shaft was too narrowly ground and improperly fastened to the head, according to testimony during the trial.
Price lost his job in the heating and air-conditioning industry and lost his home in foreclosure because of his injuries, according to testimony.
Colorado U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel had ruled before the trial that Wilson was responsible for manufacturing the defective club. That left only the amount of damages Price should collect to be decided by the 10-member jury.