Equestrian accidents can be particularly shocking, as they often happen during an enjoyable pastime or profession. They can also be devastating, as they can result in severe injuries. Even as cautious a rider, accidents happen, and when they do, you’ll need someone on your side, fighting for you.
Types of equestrian accident injuries
Riding a horse can be a dangerous activity due to the relative unpredictability of these animals, no matter how experienced you are. However, you don’t necessarily have to be riding a horse to sustain an injury from one. You might suffer any one of many different types of equestrian accidents, including:
- Falls from horses at a riding school if it was caused by negligent supervision by an instructor or being paired with an unsuitable horse
- Being kicked or bitten by a horse that was not properly controlled or restrained in a public area
- Being injured by an out of control horse at an equestrian event
- Injury resulting from the use of a defective horsebox or trailer owned by another person
- Collision with another road user while riding or walking a horse along a public highway
Can you make a claim for an equestrian accident?
If you have suffered an equestrian accident in the last three years that was the fault of another person or organisation, which resulted in you being injured, you could make a potential claim.
Put together all evidence you have about the accident and ensure you have statements from the people who were present when it occurred. This will all help to strengthen your case. It’s therefore a good idea to start your claim as soon as possible.
If you have any doubts about whether you have a strong claim, just give us a call. One of our expert team will be able to talk through your options and help you clarify whether you have a good case.
How much compensation can you claim for an equestrian accident?
When you have an equestrian accident, the level of compensation you could be able to claim will depend on the severity of your injury. In the past, we have managed to secure significant compensation for our clients.
- We helped one client who was thrown from her horse when it was startled by another horse being ridden by a riding school employee. She broke her back in the fall, but we obtained her £37,000.
- Another of our clients suffered a severe injury to her pancreas when she was kicked by a horse while changing its head collar. We helped her claim £30,000 in compensation.
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When to start the claims process?
The best thing you can do when making an equestrian accident claim is to begin the process as soon as possible. When your mind is still focused on the events surrounding the accident, there is a better chance that you’ll remember the important details.
Putting together all the evidence you have around the claim - as well as any witness statements - will help to strengthen your case. It’s advisable to gather all this together as soon as you can.
However, we know that these injuries can affect you for years after happening, so it is still possible to make a claim up to three years after the accident.
Why choose Hayward Baker?
Searching for the right solicitor can be challenging. You have so many options, it can be difficult to know who to choose. It’s important to select a firm to represent you based on experience and knowledge. For example, our solicitors know the laws surrounding protective clothing and the duties of instructors at both riding schools and in livery yards.
We also have the knowledge and expertise to help you recover any financial losses you may have incurred, including any loss of earnings associated with the accident. With Hayward Baker, you’ll receive a service tailored to you as an individual.
Your case manager will help you understand the process, while we’ll be in touch at every important stage in the process. We know how important communication is and don’t want you to have to chase us for information about the progress of your claim.
Contact us for a free first consultation
If you think you may have a claim for an equestrian accident, get in touch with one of our team today and arrange a free no obligation consultation.