horse riding accident claims
Have you or your child suffered an injury following a Horse riding Accident?
If you or someone you care for has been injured during due to a Horse riding Accident then an injury compensation claim should be possible.
The injury itself will itself is likely to cause pain and suffering to the injured person, but there can also be a range of additional consequences and other forms of financial loss involved. It may be the case that your horse has suffered injury too or worse and vet bills can be very expensive.
Our specialist horse riding accident solicitors can help you with everything, from claiming for your personal injury and your losses, such as loss of earnings and veterinary expenses, to arranging private medical treatment and rehabilitation to assist in your recovery and get your life back on track. Pursuing compensation for your accident is not something you have to do on your own, you need specialist advice. Trust us to help you.
About horse riding injury claims
A personal injury claim can be made by anyone injured in an accident involving a horse under the Animals Act 1971, which is very clear about the liability of horse owners and riding instructors when such incidents occur.
Accidents on the roads are the most common cause of injury for horse riders. Horses and cars can mix safely but there are times when a horse can become spooked and act out of character thereby causing an accident or where other road users do not give a horse enough space and can collide with the horse knocking the rider off and causing them an injury. Being exposed without protection and falling from a height can be enough to cause an injury, never mind if the rider actually collides with the vehicle.
Remember to always wear a riding hat. James Hooker, 18, was riding a family horse near Swansea when he fell by accident and hit the ménage fence causing him a personal injury.
Following the fall, the horse then kicked James in the head causing him a further serious injury. Fortunately, James's hat took the impact of the kick, splitting it down one side. James suffered a chipped eye socket, chipped right shoulder blade and a nasty laceration to his cheek. James's mother explained "the doctor in A&E said he would have been killed outright if he'd not been wearing a hat”.
Fortunately, James is now back at home and feeling better.
PSR Solicitors urge all riders to always wear a riding hat to protect themselves as even with personal protection it is possible to suffer a personal injury, which is better than a fatal accident.
About Horse Riding Accidents
It is estimated that around 3 million people across the UK participate in horse riding. It is a popular sport but it is not without its risks, as the 3,000 people who are injured each year will tell you. Half of these accidents happen on the country’s roads and injuries can often be severe including brain injuries, spinal injuries and in some cases fatalities. Our experienced solicitors can help you with a wide range of horse riding accident claims such as:
- Claims for children Injured by horses
- Claims for riders or spectators injured by Horses at events
- Claims for people bitten, kicked or trampled by a horse
- Clams for people whose injuries are exacerbated by using defective riding equipment including saddles, bridles and reins
- Claims against Riding Schools for negligent care of students
Horse riding accidents that result in serious personal injury is a particularly difficult and complicated area of the law as there many different circumstances in which such accidents can occur and many different defences are available to those who are potentially liable.
The fact that horse riding is seen as a high risk sport is often used as a defence by some who claim that riders consent to the potential dangers before taking part. To effectively counter this argument you will need the expertise of a dedicated personal injury solicitor, who has significant experience and specialism in this area.
Many law firms now operate a call-centre style arrangement with teams of untrained fee earners handling claims. This means that you won’t know who is recovering your compensation, will have no personal contact with a qualified solicitor and could find that your claim is significantly reduced or lost altogether. After everything you have already been through, you deserve the best legal team fighting your corner and at PSR Solicitors we understand just how vital receiving the full amount of compensation is to your recovery and your financial security.
Recognised as the leading personal injury Solicitors North Wales and Cheshire there are many reasons to choose PSR:
- We are meticulous and thorough in establishing fault and preparing an effective claim.
- We have a proven track record for recovering the highest possible level of compensation.
- We will provide access to the best medical care, rehabilitation, specialist equipment and house modifications.
- Financial support and interim payments will be arranged swiftly to cover your costs and loss of earnings until your claim is settled.
- We will advise on any benefits to which you may be entitled.
- We will assist with personal injury trusts to protect your claim.
We offer clear, straightforward advice and will keep you updated at all stages of your compensation claim. We are always on hand to answer any questions and are here to provide you with maximum support throughout. Our friendly approach will put you at your ease while our knowledge and legal understanding will reassure you that you’ve got the right team on your side.
Am I eligible to make a Claim?
If you have been injured in a horse riding accident in the past three years due to the fault or negligence of someone else then you are able to make a compensation claim as recompense for the pain, inconvenience and financial damage caused.
The amount of compensation awarded will be dependent on the severity of your injuries and the extent of any medical care and rehabilitation you will need. The court will look at how your injury is likely to affect your ability to work and will consider your loss of earnings both now and in the future.
Although it cannot change the pain and harm caused, your compensation claim is designed to recognise what you have been through and will cover:
- Medical costs
- Any equipment you may need or alterations to your home or vehicle to enable to continue living independently
- Loss of earnings
- Any vets bills for your horse
- Damage caused to your equipment
How do I make a Compensation Claim following Injury by a Horse?
Claiming compensation for any injury can feel daunting and overwhelming but we will manage and coordinate everything for you.
After an initial, no-obligation chat, we will advise you on how likely you are to have a successful claim and how much you can expect to receive.
We will need as much information from you as possible to assist with a successful claim including:
- Photographic evidence from the accident scene.
- Statements and contact details from any witnesses.
- Contact and insurance details from the driver.
- A full description of all your injuries and medical care received so far.
- A record of all expenses incurred to date as a result of your injuries.
We understand that detailing the extent of your injuries, the pain you are experiencing and how your day-to-day life has been effected by what has happened may be extremely difficult for you but we will go at your own pace and will never make you feel rushed or under pressure. We can come and speak to you at home or in hospital, if your injuries make it difficult or impossible to travel to one of our offices and we can, in some circumstances, take your initial instruction over the phone so that we can act as quickly as possible to access the care and treatment you need.
Contact the Horse Injury Claim Experts
If you are looking to claim compensation for an accident on a horse and you want free advice from a fully qualified solicitor then please contact us now. Using one of our specialist solicitors ensures that you have a better chance of winning your claim and receiving all of the compensation and help that you are entitled to.
We have offices throughout North Wales and Cheshire and you can contact us safe in the knowledge that one of our expert solicitors will take care of everything for you on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you won't have any legal costs to pay if your claim is unsuccessful so No Win No Fee = No Risk To You.
So for specialist personal injury advice that you can trust please contact us today by phone, email or by completing our online enquiry form and one of our friendly team will be in touch.
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