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Young girl electrocuted on miniature golf course

When individuals visit an entertainment facility, they have the right to expect the premises or property of the entertainment facility to be safe. Sadly, this was not the case for an 11-year old girl while visiting a miniature golf course. The young girl was electrocuted while wading into a pond on the miniature golf course to retrieve a ball.

Another tourist heard the girl's scream and attempted to assist her, but this individual was also injured while making a rescue attempt. Shortly after the incident took place, the young girl was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. As it is not known why the water at the golf course was electrified, we can likely expect that a wrongful death lawsuit will be filed.

If one is injured in a place of business, such an individual may wish to retain a local attorney that understands how to find such a business liable. At least in Pennsylvania, premises liability lawsuits often occur because the property owner failed to keep it properly maintained.

Though there is the possibility that not all hazardous conditions can be eliminated from the property, property owners must nevertheless attempt to correct problems on the property that can cause injury - especially such hazards that are not open or obvious. If the hazard cannot be eliminated, the owner should at least attempt to warn individuals visiting the premises, and barricades should be placed up wherever possible to keep such individuals away from the hazardous area.

Obviously, an 11-year old girl wading into a pond on a miniature golf course should not be electrocuted. Even the danger of such an electrocution should not exist.

Source: Reuters, "New York girl electrocuted at Florida mini-golf course," by Barbara Liston, June 29, 2012

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