Court: Oahu Golf Club To Pay Man $6M For Tee Tumble

January 15, 2013

A Circuit Court jury in Hawaii is ordering an Oahu country club to pay a 79-year-old man more than $6 million for the broken back he suffered when he fell nearly 20 feet from the first tee of the club’s golf course.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported a jury found Amar Sappal suffered nearly $12.5 million in damages for injuries.

The jury found Sappal and Mid-Pacific Country Club were equally negligent, so the club must pay half the damages.

Sappal fell from the tee at about 11 p.m. in June 2009. He was there with his son, a club member.

Mid-Pacific lawyers denied the club was liable. They suggested Sappal was intoxicated. They argued that Sappal was familiar with the elevated tee from having played golf there.

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  • January 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm
    ralph says:
    A golfer finds out that his wife of the past 25 years had a sex change before they met, and was actually born a man. At the divorce hearing, he is completely outraged. "All t... read more
  • January 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm
    T Dubya B says:
    What, no props for the set up?
  • January 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    Huh! says:
    Hard to believe the golf club could be that negligent and not have more have to wonder how much this man contributed to his own injury.
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