An Italian golfer is facing a lawsuit for 500,000 baht in damages after his golf ball struck a Thai caddy in the eye while playing at an undisclosed Chiang Mai golf course in January.
The female caddy, 56-year-old Phairin Kanthawong, filed for the damages claim at Mae Ping Police Station in Chiang Mai province, accompanied by the golf course manager.
She informed police that a golf ball struck by the Italian man in January of this year had hit her in the eye, cracking her eye socket and severely affecting her vision. She said she has not been able to see clearly since the incident.
Ms. Kanthawong presented a medical certificate confirming the injury and stating that she required eye surgery.
She told officers that she now has permanently blurry vision, needs to wear sunglasses while outside, and can no longer work as a golf caddy.
The Italian man, whose name has not been released, informed the police that Ms. Kanthawong had decided on her own accord to stand on the fairway while he hit his shot. He explained that golf caddies must always stand behind the ball when a shot is being taken.
The victim agreed that it was an accident and said she had been standing between 150 and 200 meters from the ball when it was struck.
Despite this, she is demanding half a million baht from the Italian man as compensation for the injury and inability to work.
The Italian golfer has already paid 5,000 baht compensation to the woman for her medical costs and insists that the demand for 500,000 baht is too much.
If an agreement is not reached, the matter could end up in court.