Horse riding injuries can be life-changing
Because of the speed and strength of horses, injuries caused by horse-riding accidents can be devastating. Many people ride to relax and unwind, which makes it even more shocking when accidents happen.
Horse riding does carry risks, but stables and trekking centres should make sure you have the equipment and training needed to be able to ride safely; if they’ve failed to do this and you’ve been injured, we may be able to help you claim compensation.
If you’ve suffered an accident, at very least your injury will have caused you pain and affected your independence and family life, but it can also affect your ability to work or may have caused you to spend time in hospital.
The compensation you receive will aim to cover the expenses of your injury, allowing you to focus on your recovery without having to worry about money.
You can get in touch with us on 0800 376 0150 for free, impartial advice. You’re never under any pressure to start a claim. We’re simply here to answer your questions and help you understand whether you can make a claim.
Can you make a claim?
When you play a sport, or take part in activity, it’s easy to think that your accident was just part of the risk of taking part, and that because of that you’re not able to make a claim – but that’s not true.
While there are some cases we may not be able to help you make a horse-riding injury claim, we can help if your accident:
- Happened in the last three years
- Was someone else’s fault (either through a lack of training, equipment or deliberate behaviour)
- Caused you an injury
Causes of horse riding accidents
Horse riding can be dangerous, and there are a huge number of ways accidents can happen.
Below are some examples of negligence which may have caused an accident:
- Faulty equipment, including tack, safety hard hats, girth, or reins
- Road accidents, where other drivers haven’t been considerate and have spooked the horse
- Poor leadership and unclear instruction
- Being crushed by a horse – you should be trained to roll away if you fall off
- Unpredictable horses – you should never be given a horse which isn’t suitable for your level of skill or experience
- A kick or fall from a horse
People can also be injured as spectators at equestrian shows or events if the proper measures haven’t been put in place to protect the audience.
If you’re involved in any accident, we recommend that you report your accident to the instructor or riding centre staff as soon as you can. It’s also very important to visit a doctor or hospital for tests – although you may feel fine, you may have internal injuries.
Working with horses
Nobody deserves to be injured while they’re at work. If you work with horses regularly, then your employer should take measures to make sure you’re as safe as possible.
As part of this, they should provide you with the equipment and training you need to carry out your job safely, and they should take reasonable steps to avoid injuries.
If you’ve been injured because of an employer’s negligence, no matter whether you’re in a paid or voluntary position, we may be able to help you make a work accident claim.
Over our 25 years’ experience, we’ve seen how much of a difference compensation can make. Not only can it cover the pain and suffering you’ve been through, it can also make sure you’re not left out of pocket for any of the expenses your injury has caused.
Our specialist solicitors have a wide range of experience. They’ll make sure you receive the full amount of compensation you’re owed. As part of this, they take into consideration the full impact of your injury, and how it affected your work and loved ones.
Your compensation can also pay for equipment, alterations to your house or car, therapy and any other support you need because of your accident.