Common horse riding injuries may range from minor bruises, abrasions or cuts to broken limbs, brain damage or spinal injuries. In some cases, injuries caused by horses may consist of:
- Crushed toes (where a horse stood on someone’s foot).
- Crush injuries caused by individuals being forced against gates or walls.
Tragically, some of the more serious brain and spinal injuries by equestrian accidents may be fatal, as may a falling horse landing on top of its rider.
Causes of equestrian accidents
Accidents involving horse riding may be caused by an array of factors. In some cases, such incidents are a matter of sheer bad luck, while in some cases, someone else’s mistake or negligence may have led to an injury. Such cases may, for example, consist of riders being:
- Provided with a horse of unsuitable temperament.
- Provided with defective or improperly secured equipment (hat, bridle, girth, reins or saddle).
- Allowed/forced to ride on unsuitable surfaces.
- Involved in road accidents involving motorised vehicles.
Some horse riding injuries are caused by inadequate management/leadership, especially when inexperienced riders are involved. In this case instructors should be placed at both front and back of a group, as failure to do this or to ensure someone is capable of giving proper signals to traffic may lead to personal injuries.
Occasionally, equestrians are also injured by slipping on inadequately cleaned stable floors or tripping over equipment. Like injuries by falling off a horse, slip and trip injuries can vary significantly in severity.
If you were injured while pursuing equestrian activities, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. To qualify for a compensation claim, your horse riding related accident must have occurred no longer than three years ago and someone else must have been responsible for your fall, trip, slip or other horse-related injury.
Claiming for compensation
Accident Advice Helpline can advise you with regards to your claim eligibility. Their lawyers are highly skilled and have years of experience in handling cases of riding injury claims. Claimants do not have to do anything until their compensation has been secured; because claims are processed under no win no fee*, or conditional fee agreements. Call an adviser today on 0800 689 0500 to learn more about how to claim for compensation. Available 24/7, advisers will put you under no obligation to claim through this law firm, and all calls are free and strictly confidential.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown