Employee of Tiger Woods dies in crash, Woods faces lawsuit

On Behalf of | May 15, 2019 | Wrongful Death

Restaurant owners in Ohio may want to know about a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Tiger Woods because it concerns the duties that restaurants have toward employees. A 24-year-old employee at The Woods, a restaurant established by the golf star in Jupiter, Florida, was allegedly served an excessive amount of alcohol after his shift. This led to the employee fatally crashing his 1999 Chevrolet Corvette on Dec. 10, 2018.

The lawsuit, filed in Palm Beach County on May 13, names Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, who is the manager of The Woods’ Jupiter location, as the defendants. It claims that Woods had participated in the serving of alcohol that night although the attorney representing Woods states he was not there.

Even if he was not present, Woods may still be held liable due to a foreseeable risk of injury. It was reportedly well-known that the decedent had a history of alcohol abuse. It was up to management, then, to take reasonable steps to prevent him from drinking excessively; on the night of the crash, he was served drinks for about three hours after his shift ended.

The decedent was found with a BAC of .256, which three times the legal limit. The decedent’s family is seeking damages in excess of the jurisdictional limit of $15,000.

Every property owner has a duty of care to all lawful entrants. In some cases, even trespassers fall under this duty of care. Whether it occurs on a person’s property or on the road, a death caused by negligence may form the basis for a case under wrongful death law. The family or another eligible dependent may seek compensation for pre-death medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of support or consortium. A lawyer may assist with the filing.