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Trip and Fall Miniature Golf Course Injury Lawsuit Arm Ripped Open

On August 22, 2016, Dzung Tran from Oregon was sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Splendor, when he allegedly tripped and fell on “loose border” trim of the miniature golf course. Tran says he was injured and his arm ripped wide open.

Mr. Tran says he was impaled by a golf club which tore a major artery in his upper arm. Tran claims the golf course was poorly maintained and not built to code.

He has filed a lawsuit on January 6, 2017 in Florida Southern District Court, requesting a jury trial for “damages in excess of $75,000.00”. The lawsuit alleges:

“On or about August 22, 2016, the Plaintiff was aboard the Carnival Splendor, traversing the miniature golf course. The Plaintiff was traversing at a normal pace, in a proper manner, when he was caused to trip and fall on a elevated and unsecured border to the miniature golf course.

Plaintiff was caused to trip due to the unreasonably dangerous miniature golf course, which was designed and maintained negligently and in violation of numerous applicable statutes, codes, and standards. As a result, Plaintiff fell off of the miniature golf course causing his body to be impaled by a golf club, sustaining serious and permanent injuries, including damage to the brachial artery and a number of additional orthopedic and vascular injuries.”

The complaint outlines the following alleged justifications for the lawsuit:

  • Failing to keep and maintain the subject vessel in a reasonably safe condition;
  • Designing and/or installing an unreasonably dangerous miniature golf course and golf clubs on the subject vessel;
  • Allowing an unreasonably dangerous miniature golf course and golf club to remain on the subject vessel;
  • Failing to comply with applicable statutes, codes, ordinances, and standards relating to the subject miniature golf course and golf club;
  • Failing to exercise reasonable care in the selection of miniature golf course and golf club materials on the subject vessel;
  • Failing to ensure that the materials and/or products selected for the subject miniature golf course would not present a tripping hazard;
  • Failing to ensure the golf clubs associated with the miniature golf course were made of sufficient material to avoid fracturing
  • Failing to maintain the subject miniature golf course and golf club in a reasonably safe condition;
  • Failing to inspect, clean, and maintain the subject miniature golf course and golf club in a reasonably safe manner and condition;
  • Failing to install proper and reasonable safeguards to prevent passengers from being injured while using the subject miniature golf course and/or golf club;
  • Failing to warn passengers of the dangerous conditions of the subject miniature golf course and golf club;
  • Failing to adopt and implement adequate policies and procedures for the inspection, cleaning, and maintenance of the subject miniature golf course and/or golf club; and/or
  • All other negligent acts and/or omissions revealed through discovery.
  • Defendant created and/or knew or should have known of the above described conditions through the exercise of reasonable care.




  • As a direct and proximate result of the Defendant’s negligence and the resulting incident, Plaintiff suffered severe bodily injury and resulting pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, incurred expenses of hospitalization and medical and nursing care treatment, loss of earnings, loss of employment benefits, and loss of the ability to earn money. The injuries are either permanent or continuing in nature and Plaintiff will suffer the losses and impairment into the future.“

    A second lawsuit was filed this month, involving a Carnival Breeze miniature golf injury of a child.

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    Supporting Information & Resources:
    Case Resources: Dzung Trans v. Carnival Cruise Lines

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