A Florida couple has filed a lawsuit against a Perry-based golf cart dealership after the wife was left partially disabled following an accident during the Thanksgiving holiday week two years ago. Danielle and John Pfeil of Arcadia, Fla., filed the lawsuit in federal court in Macon against Mike’s Golf Carts, a company located in Perry, Fla. Danielle Pfeil was seriously injured in the golf cart accident that happened on Nov. 25, 2011, at Jewel Mint Plantation in Washington County. John and Danielle were gathered at a family reunion at the plantation for the holiday. Incidentally, John Pfeil’s parents manage the plantation.
The lawsuit alleges a golf cart modified by Mike’s Golf Carts malfunctioned, resulting in the golf cart overturning on Danielle Pfeil, who was driving it. The lawsuit states the front leaf spring of the modified golf cart snapped under normal driving conditions. Mrs. Pfeil was trapped and her leg crushed under the golf cart when it rolled over. She suffered severe and permanent injuries. It’s alleged that the land, roadway or terrain did not contribute to the golf cart overturning.
Mrs. Pfeil says her medical bills already have exceeded $375,000, and that she continues to incur medical expenses and to suffer from a partial disability. Both compensatory and punitive damages are requested in the complaint. Mike’s Golf Carts, in its response to the suit, says it’s not responsible by “act or omission” for the accident or for any of the damages alleged by the Plaintiffs. The response also alleges the accident was the result of Mrs. Pfeil’s failure to exercise “ordinary care for her own safety.” Jimmy Jordan, a lawyer with the firm Adams & Jordan, located in Macon, Ga., represents the Plaintiffs in this case.
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