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Horse riding, a beloved activity for many, offers both recreation and sport. However, it also carries significant risks that can lead to serious injuries. When accidents occur, the physical, emotional, and financial consequences can be substantial. Pursuing a horse riding injury claim can help victims secure the compensation necessary to address medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages resulting from the incident.

Whether the injuries stem from negligence, faulty equipment, or inadequate training, establishing a clear and compelling case is crucial for securing the appropriate compensation. Our specialist solicitors work hard to take some of the stress away from our clients by overseeing the horse riding claims process and working hard to obtain the best settlement for our clients.

If you believe that you have suffered an injury as a result of negligence, you could be entitled to make a horse accident claim. At Beacon Law, our specialist personal injury solicitors can assist you in making a claim for horse riding injuries, providing you with guidance and support along the way.

Common accidents that lead to horse riding claims

Common accidents that lead to horse riding claims often stem from a variety of factors, including human error, equipment failure, environmental hazards, and animal behaviour. Here are some prevalent types of accidents that typically result in horse riding injury claims:

  1. Falls from horses: Riders can fall off horses due to sudden movements by the horse, loss of balance, or improper riding techniques. Falls can result in serious injuries such as fractures, concussions, and spinal injuries.
  2. Horse kicks or bites: Horses may kick or bite, especially if they are startled, frightened, or not properly trained. Such incidents can cause severe injuries, including deep lacerations, broken bones, and soft tissue damage.
  3. Equipment failures: Defective or poorly maintained equipment, such as saddles, bridles, and stirrups, can fail during a ride, leading to accidents. Claims can be made if the equipment failure is due to manufacturing defects or inadequate maintenance by the stable or owner.
  4. Riding on unsafe terrain: Riding in areas with uneven, slippery, or hazardous terrain can cause accidents. If the terrain is not properly maintained or if riders are not adequately warned about potential dangers, the responsible party may be liable as they have a duty of care.
  5. Negligent instruction or supervision: Inadequate training or supervision by instructors or trainers can lead to accidents, especially for novice horse riders. Claims can be made if it is shown that the instructor’s negligence contributed to the injury.
  6. Failure to match horse and rider: Placing an inexperienced rider on a horse that is too spirited or not adequately trained can result in accidents. Proper matching of horse and rider is crucial for safety.
  7. Horse health issues: If a horse is sick or injured and this condition is not disclosed or addressed by the owner or stable, it can lead to unpredictable behaviour and accidents. Claims can be based on the failure to ensure the horse’s health and safety.
  8. Stable and property hazards: Poorly maintained stables or riding facilities, including broken fences, loose boards, and other hazards, can lead to accidents. Property owners may be liable if injuries occur due to these unsafe conditions.
  9. Road traffic accidents: Road traffic accidents involving horses and vehicles can occur on roads or trails. These incidents can be due to driver negligence, lack of proper signage, or insufficient rider awareness.

Understanding these common accidents can help victims identify the cause of their injuries and pursue appropriate legal action to seek compensation for their losses.

What is the process of making a claim for horse riding injuries?

During your initial consultation, our team of personal injury solicitors will provide you with comprehensive advice regarding your horse riding injury claim and inform you about the relevant limitation rules that apply.

Our experienced lawyers will request detailed information about your accident and the injuries you sustained as a result. This information will enable our personal injury lawyers to assess the likelihood of a successful claim on your behalf.

Examples of the information our lawyers may require include the location, date, and time of the accident, a description of the nature of your injuries, details of any witnesses to the incident, information about the defendant involved, and a thorough understanding of the circumstances surrounding the accident.

During the initial stages of your claim for horse riding injuries, it is crucial to gather relevant evidence to support your case. This evidence may consist of CCTV footage of the incident, medical records documenting your injuries, photographic evidence of the harm suffered, and statements from witnesses.

In some cases, your personal injury solicitor may recommend undergoing an official medical examination to obtain detailed medical reports specifically related to your injuries. These reports will serve as vital medical evidence, providing a comprehensive understanding of the nature and extent of your injuries. Even if you have received prior medical care, a thorough assessment will help ensure accurate and reliable medical reports for your claim.

If we determine that your injury claim is likely to succeed, we will offer to proceed with your case on a no win no fee basis. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay any legal fees.

Once your claim is filed, the defendant will be notified, and they will have the opportunity to accept or deny liability for your injuries. If liability is accepted, negotiations for a settlement will commence. However, if the defendant denies liability, court proceedings may be necessary to resolve the dispute.

How much compensation could you receive?

Determining the amount of compensation for a horse riding accident claim is a complex process and depends on various factors specific to the case. Compensation amounts are influenced by factors such as the severity of the injury, the impact on the individual’s life and earning capacity, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and the long-term consequences of the injury.

Personal injury compensation is typically split into the following categories:

  • General Damages: These damages aim to compensate for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity caused by the injury. The severity and long-term effects of the injury are significant factors in determining the general damages awarded.
  • Special Damages: Special damages cover the quantifiable financial losses incurred due to the injury. This includes medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, loss of earnings (both past and future), expenses related to care and support, and any necessary adaptations to the individual’s living arrangements.

It is important to note that there is no fixed compensation award for a horse riding injury claim, as each case is unique. The final compensation amount will be influenced by the specific circumstances and the evidence presented in the case. Our solicitors will also advocate for interim payments for our clients to cover any immediate costs, such as medical treatment and travel expenses.

What are the time limits for making a claim for horse riding injuries?

The general time limit for personal injury claims, including horse riding injury claims, is three years from the date of the accident or from the date when the injured person became aware of their injury and its connection to the accident.

However, it is important to note that there are some exceptions and variations to the general limitation period. These exceptions include the following:

  • Minors: If the horse riding injury claim involves a person who was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, the three-year limitation period does not begin until their 18th birthday. In such cases, a claim can be made at any time before the person turns 21.
  • Mental Capacity: If the injured person lacks the mental capacity to make legal decisions, there is no time limit for making a claim. The limitation period only starts when the person regains capacity.

How can Beacon Law assist with a claim for horse riding injuries?

Our team of horse riding injury claim solicitors are highly experienced and capable of assisting clients on a wide variety of cases. We work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for our clients, continually providing a high standard of service.

To find out more about our no win, no fee claims funding and legal fees, please have a look at the funding section on our website.

If you have been injured in a horse riding accident at the fault of someone else, then please contact us today at 0330 1332 857 to start your claim or complete our contact form at the top of the page to request a call back from a member of our personal injury team.

Beacon Law are a Solicitors registered in England and Wales with our registered office based in Manchester. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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