If you are the victim of a dressage accident that was not your fault, you are advised to seek the right kind of help and support; i.e. dressage accident counselling.
What is a dressage accident?
As wonderful as horses can be, it is naïve to forget that they are also very large, prone to anxiety and can cause a great deal of damage, if not cared for and treated properly. In any situation involving animals, there is the potential for harm – with horses, that potential is increased exponentially if you are not properly qualified or fully versed in the relevant safety protocols.
It is not only physical damage that can occur as a result of dressage accidents, because psychological trauma is very common too. This type of accident, even when not resulting in serious injury, can cause some rather challenging psychological problems; for example, an intense fear of returning to horse riding and dressage, in the wake of an injury or incident. If dressage is a treasured hobby, or indeed a profession, such issues are bound to have a devastating impact on your life.
How do I deal with psychological trauma?
If there is evidence to suggest that you may benefit from it, your GP can refer you to an NHS specialist for dressage accident counselling. Yet, it is not the only option open to you, in these circumstances. It is also possible to seek treatment at a private clinic, but you will have to pay additional costs. If there are no NHS appointments, or specialists, available, it can be worth looking into private counselling.
Whilst we cannot financially contribute to these costs, our solicitors can aim to help you recover some, or all, of them as a part of your original claim for compensation. This is something that Accident Advice Helpline offers for no extra charge, because we believe that a compensation claim should account for all aspects of suffering, including loss of income and damage to possessions.
Can I make a claim?
You are eligible to claim for financial compensation, if the dressage accident occurred within the last three years, and was a result of negligence on the part of a third party; usually the organisation responsible for the maintenance of the environment in which the injuries were sustained. You will need to give a personal account of the accident, and provide evidence to support your claim for compensation.
Our expert solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis, so that you do not have to pay upfront to pursue a claim for remuneration, against an individual or an organisation. If you have received, or are due to receive, treatment from a private counselling service, and would like help recovering a portion of the costs, call one of our friendly advisors direct today on 0800 180 4123. We operate a free 24-hour helpline, so do not hesitate to get in touch and arrange a consultation.
Date Published: October 19, 2014
Author: David Brown