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How can Wosskow Brown Solicitors help you claim for compensation after a horse riding accident?
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Our No Win No Fee agreement means you can pursue a personal injury claim, without having to worry about paying any upfront legal costs. Should your compensation claim be unsuccessful, our No Win No Fee agreement can provide you with the peace of mind that you won’t be charged, and left out of pocket. You shouldn’t be put off making a claim due to any financial risk, allowing you to rightfully seek the compensation you deserve after a horse riding accident that wasn’t your fault.
Horse Riding Accident Compensation Claims
Approximately 3 million people in the UK ride horses; as a sport, for leisure, or other reasons. Despite the relatively low number of riders, the amount of people injured on or around horses is high. Riding a horse is undoubtedly a dangerous pastime due to the nature of the sport. There is always risk involved no matter the level of experience. We can help you claim compensation, following a horse-riding accident that was not your fault.
Horse riding related injuries can range from simple sprains or fractures to much more serious, back and head injuries. All of which can be a result of many factors, such as the temperament of the horse, or the negligence of a third party.
Such injuries can affect your quality of life, especially more serious ones, and even the lives of those around you. Even minor injuries can still have a significant impact, such as disabling you from work for a period of time or causing you to miss out on events.
To help make the process of recovery easier and less stressful for you, we can help you claim compensation and get what you deserve if the injury was not your fault.
Lisa Overton-Locking is a member of our Personal Injury Team at our Attercliffe Office, and a keen equestrian herself. The combination of experiences allows Lisa to have a considerable understanding of equine issues and how they can affect a rider, including Road Traffic Accidents involving horses.
Can I claim compensation after a horse riding accident?
Even with the highest quality training, horses are still animals with minds of their own. Due to this, many equestrian accidents might be unavoidable. However, some personal injuries may be the fault of a third party. If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Although there is risk involved in dealing with horses, you still have a right to be kept safe by those responsible for your wellbeing. Horse riders are amongst the most vulnerable on the road. Other road users owe them a duty of care and should take the proper precautions to avoid putting you and your horse in danger.
Other parties who owe you a duty of care can include but are not restricted to riding instructors, organisers of events, owners or keepers of the horse, or equipment manufacturers.
Our Personal Injury Team will look at what could have been done and what precautions should have been taken to prevent your accident and work with you to make a claim against those responsible.
How can I claim compensation for a horse riding accident?
A claim for compensation for personal injuries as a result of a horse-riding accident can be made under common law negligence, or more specifically under the Animals Act 1971.
In order to make a claim for compensation, those responsible for the accident must be established. This area of law is rather complex as there are potentially multiple defendants, such as the animal's owner, the manufacturer of faulty equipment, the organiser of an event/competition. There may also be cases where defendants refuse liability by arguing that the individual had consented to risk of injury.
We recommend you contact us as soon as possible after your accident. A member of our Personal Injury Team will discuss what happened to you in a free initial consultation, and honestly advise on whether we think you have a case.
If you open a case with us, we will guide you through all the necessary evidence that will be required to support your claim, and contact those involved to see if they accept responsibility. If liability is accepted we will work to try to secure interim payments for you before the claim is settled, to help pay for any expenses such as treatments and inability to work.
Give us a call. We are here to help.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much compensation can I claim after a horse-riding accident?
Probably one of the most common questions asked by clients when first enquiring about a personal injury they have suffered, is ‘how much compensation am I entitled to?’ Or ‘how much is my claim worth?’
It’s incredibly hard to say how much compensation you are entitled to following a horse-riding accident, as compensation is based on your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Due to the different circumstances, this is based on it means no two claims are the same, and all are treated individually.
To get a better idea of this, it helps to know how a claim is calculated. Take a look at our "How much compensation can I claim?" guide to understand all the factors involved in calculating your compensation claim.
How long will my claim take?
Each case is different, and the amount of time your claim will take all depends on you and your recovery; therefore it isn’t possible to provide a definite timescale.
It is important to wait until the full extent of your injuries has been made clear before making your final claim; otherwise, the amount of compensation you receive will not be comparative to the injuries you have suffered. Claims involving serious and complex injuries can sometimes take several years due to the complexity of issues and time required to assess the true value of the injuries.
The time frames are also dependant upon the Defendant admitting liability and not raising any other issues in respect of the claim. If liability is admitted promptly, and your injuries are not life-altering, it’s possible for your claim to be finalised within a few months. However, if the other party denies fault, the claim can take longer.
How long do I have to make my claim?
Generally, a person has 3 years from the date of their accident/injury to make a personal injury claim; or court proceedings must have begun within this time period.
There are some exceptions to this, which our Personal Injury team would be able to advise you on. For example, for a child, the time limit begins on their 18th birthday, and there is no limit for anyone who does not have mental capacity.
We would strongly advise contacting us as soon as possible after a horse-riding accident, allowing as much evidence to be persevered as possible, to help your case.
Can I claim lost earnings?
Will I need to attend a medical appointment?
It is normal to have medical appointments, in order to gain a fair and reasonable insight into the extent of your injuries. By doing so, it can ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
I haven’t been to my GP or Hospital - Can I still claim?
Yes but given that you have not sought any medical attention your injuries may be seen as minor in nature.
Horse Riders Safety - Tips & Advice
Horses and their riders are vulnerable on roads as they are unprotected by a stronger body such as a car.
Riders - If you are a horse rider, take note of these vital tips to ensure you and your horse are safe:
- Always remain in control of your horse by keeping rein contact. Riding with a loose rein increases the risk of an accident if your horse is startled.
- Keep to the left-hand side of the road near the kerb.
- Never ride more than two abreast, and only ride two abreast if a young or inexperienced horse is involved.
- Always look behind regularly to check on the traffic situation and listen carefully for anything that may alarm the horse; take a detour if necessary.
- Stay to the left of the road even when approaching a junction and intending to turn right. Check for traffic and signal by holding your arm out for three seconds to indicate your intended direction to turn so that surrounding traffic can clearly see your signal.
- When signalling, ensure that your whip is in the same hand that remains on the reins.
- Be careful when approaching a passing hazard, such as a parked car, and ensure that the road is clear before you move towards the centre of the road to pass the hazard.
- Wear a hard hat and high visibility clothing when riding your horse.
Car Drivers - Here are a few tips for car drivers so that you can play your part in preventing road accidents involving horses:
- Always drive slowly when passing horses as they can be startled by the sound of cars.
- Give plenty of space in case the horse roams towards the centre of the road as you pass.
- Look out for horse riders’ signals and if you notice they are turning off, allow them space and let them turn without getting too close behind them or trying to overtake.
- Avoid using the horn around horses.
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