Couple files lawsuit against Perry-based golf cart dealership

bpurser@macon.comDecember 9, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A Florida couple has filed a lawsuit against a Perry-based golf cart dealership after the wife was left partially disabled after an accident during the Thanksgiving holiday week two years ago.

Danielle and John Pfeil of Arcadia, Fla., filed the lawsuit in November in federal court in Macon against Mike’s Golf Carts, 2434 U.S. 341 in Perry.

Danielle Pfeil was seriously injured in the golf cart accident Nov. 25, 2011, at Jewel Mint Plantation in Washington County, the lawsuit states.

Her husband’s parents manage the plantation, and the Pfeils were gathered at a family reunion there for the holiday.

The lawsuit alleges a golf cart modified by Mike’s Golf Carts malfunctioned, which resulted 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.

Pfeil was trapped and her leg crushed under the golf cart, the lawsuit states. She suffered severe and permanent injuries.

The land, roadway or terrain did not contribute to the golf cart overturning, the lawsuit states.

The medical bills already have exceeded $375,000, and Pfeil continues to incur medical expenses and suffer from a partial disability, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial, compensatory and punitive damages, and payment of all legal costs.

In a response filed to the lawsuit, Mike’s Golf Carts states it is not responsible by “act or omission” for the accident or any of the damages alleged by the couple.

The response also alleges the accident was the result of Danielle Pfeil’s failure to exercise “ordinary care for her own safety.”

Jimmy Jordan, one of the Macon attorneys representing the couple, declined to comment on pending litigation. Dan Bullard, a Macon attorney representing Mike’s Golf Carts, could not be reached for comment Monday.

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