Horse Riding Injury Claims
Even with sophisticated safety equipment, the unpredictability of animals makes horse riding a dangerous sport. Responsible riders and equestrian schools will certainly do what they can to minimise the risk of injury. However, there are unfortunate occasions where mistakes or another party’s negligence can cause accidents.
It is not always clear who is at fault in a horse-riding accident. That being said, The Compensation Experts can help even if you are unsure whether you have grounds to claim compensation. By discussing the details of the incident, our knowledgeable advisors can determine whether your claim has a solid chance of being successful. They will then put you in contact with a personal injury lawyer who specialises in horse riding injuries.
What are Horse Riding Injury Claims?
The personal injury lawyers we work with at The Compensation Experts have found there are five main causes of a horse riding injury:
- Faulty safety equipment or equipment being the wrong size for the rider
- Incorrect fastening of safety equipment on a horse, including the girth being too loose
- Inexperienced riders riding horses whose temperament does not suit their riding ability
- A horse being scared, for instance, by a car or motorcycle, causing them to throw the rider off
- Poorly planned or managed group ride
Injuries can also arise from being kicked by a horse, or crushed between a mishandled horse and a wall or gate.
Horse riding injuries can include cuts and bruises, dislocations and fractures, including spinal damage, concussion and brain injury. They may even result in death
Personal injury solicitors have, in the past, successfully claimed damages for a woman who was encouraged by a riding school to attempt a manoeuvre beyond her skill level. She had also not been correctly shown how to do the manoeuvre. In addition to this, the horse was not properly controlled by an instructor. This meant that the instructor was found to have failed in their supervision of the lesson. The client fell from the horse and suffered a severe injury. She then had to take time off work to recuperate.
How to Claim Compensation for a Horse Riding Injury
The first step in making a successful compensation claim for your accident is to obtain professional advice as early as possible. One question we are often asked is how long a personal injury claim takes to process. Unfortunately, there is not an exact answer to this. Seeking legal advice can reduce the time by making it easier to obtain the necessary evidence you need to demonstrate the extent of your injury. It can also help to show that the other party was at fault.
As a guideline, a horse-riding accident claim can take around six to nine months to resolve. It may be faster if your injury is straightforward (for example, a broken leg rather than a fractured spine). It can also be faster if liability is too apparent for the other party to dispute. The Compensation Experts work with experienced personal injury lawyers who will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at every step of the way.
We appreciate the prospect of hefty legal fees with no guarantee of a successful application can be off-putting which is why we offer a *No win, no fee (*Conditions may apply. Please see details at the bottom of the page) arrangement for our clients.
Our advisors are happy to talk at a time that suits you, so contact The Compensation Experts to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation today.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. In this case you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure. These include: extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence. They will then notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee*
We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. However, if your claim is successful we will charge up to 25% of the total compensation awarded and if you terminate the agreement before your claim for damages ends then you may be liable to pay basic charges in addition to this.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information you provide, which then helps us to determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our personal injury lawyers are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Team
Each client has their own Personal Injury lawyer who will work on the case from start to finish. They will also be there every step of the way. The client will have a direct phone number and direct email address of the lawyer.
Expert advisors working for you
We specialise in helping victims of injury claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee* basis, so if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
However, you should be aware that the panel of solicitors we work with may charge up to 25% of the total compensation awarded if your claim is successful. Further, if you terminate the agreement before your claim for damages ends you may be also be liable to pay basic charges including (but not exclusively) disbursements, and barrister’s fees.