Horse Riding Accident Claim – Circumstances of the Accident
David Healey, a specialist serious injury Solicitor with Carter & Carter Solicitors, said:
“Our client who was a young girl who had paid a Stables to teach her how to horse ride. She was a beginner with little experience but after just a couple of lessons was encouraged to canter without having been taught the basics resulting in her falling from the horse and having a horse riding accident.
Horse riding accident claims are notoriously difficult to run as the rider accepts an amount of risk for getting onto the horse in the first place. The client was rejected by a number of Solicitors until I spoke to her and agreed to take her case on.”
Liability Issues in Horse Riding Accident Claims
“This case threw up a number of issues, not least, if you are riding a horse, isn’t it an accepted risk that you may fall off and be injured?
The Stables refused to accept any blame for the accident despite what we saw as poor tuition. The client fell from the horse after it cantered and picked up speed very quickly with the client unable to slow or stop it. She fell from the horse and was badly injured as a result.
The Stables and their Instructor had a duty of care to teach our client properly but many of the basics were missed and she was treated as if she had more experience than she actually did.
Equestrian Expert Evidence
We arranged a conference with an Equestrian Expert who was able to tell us exactly what the Stables had done wrong and which convinced us that there was an element of negligence which caused or contributed to the fall.
“Despite the Stables refusing to accept any blame, we highlighted the weaknesses in their Defence and obtained an offer from them which our client accepted.”