I was shocked this afternoon to read that a mother has been ordered to pay what could amount to a six-figure compensation settlement to a boy who was blinded by her son.
The woman's ten year old son accidentally hit his classmate in the face with a golf club during his birthday party, causing the boy to lose sight in one eye. The crazy golf venue has also been found liable due to a lack of signs warning children not to raise their clubs too high, and it must contribute to the compensation award.
Mail Online reports:
A top judge has today ruled that the 10-year-old's mother must now pay the injured boy damages after the incident at a crazy golf course on an amusement park.
She knew her son - who cannot be identified and was referred to only as J, was 'boisterous and required firm handling' said Mrs Justice Whipple.
Ordering the mother to pay damages to the injured boy - known as S - the judge said she 'negligently' failed to tell her son not to swing the club too high.
I can't begin to imagine what a traumatic experience this was for the injured boy and his family but I was shocked to read that the other boy's mother has been ordered to pay damages.
My view is that accidents happen, as the old adage goes. Had the woman's son deliberately wielded the golf club at his friend then I'd see every reason for the judge's ruling but in this case I'm surprised – not least because in the past I have had to rush one of my kids to A&E to have his head glued back together after his brother accidentally hit him in the head with a golf club under similar circumstances.
Things like this can happen in a heartbeat despite your best parenting efforts and the idea that a parent can be deemed liable for an accident like this – the judge ruled that she ought to have given a 'firm and clear instruction' to her son not to swing the golf club – worries me.
Aside from the fact that this puts me off organising an activity-based birthday party for my kids ever again, I can't begin to imagine how either family in this situation must feel. Do you think the judge was right in this ruling on account of the life-limiting consequences for the boy who was blinded in this incident? Come and join the conversation over on our Facebook page.