If you are interested in making a show jumping accident claim, you can find the advice you need about your eligibility by contacting the experts at Accident Advice Helpline.
As long as your accident happened in the last three years and required you to seek medical attention, you could have a legal right to compensation.
We have a long history in winning successful claims, and this makes us the ideal choice of advisers.
What are the risks of show jumping?
Show jumping takes a lot of skill and practice. The activity can be performed or practiced all over Britain, in many different horse jumping centres and competitive arenas. Whether you are a newcomer to the sport or have been taking part for years, the main risk to your personal safety is likely to come from the horse.
Horses can be notoriously flighty animals, which can be suddenly spooked by a noise or sight. Even with the best training and exposure to a range of situations, horses can suddenly revert to their instincts and rear up or bolt.
Show jumping accidents can involve being thrown from a horse and potentially trampled on or colliding with a fence. Collisions can be highly dangerous and even fatal if the horse you are on falls on top of you or crushes you against a barrier.
The love of the sport can keep you going and much can be done to minimise the risks to your personal safety, but risk cannot be totally eliminated.
What do I need to do to make a show jumping accident claim?
To make a show jumping accident claim, it needs to be shown that someone else was at fault. You may have been out show jumping in a dangerous venue, with the fences placed too closely together or the barriers held down tightly where they should be easy to detach.
While taking part in a show jumping competition or practicing in a horse-riding centre, the venue organisers have a legal duty to ensure that your health and safety is secure. Any failure on their part in this regard can give you the basis for a credible accident claim.
Typically, useful evidence to base your claim on will include health and safety breaches, videos of your accident or photographs to back your claim and your medical record. You can strengthen your ability to make a claim by writing down as much as you can remember about your accident.
Concentrate on the facts surrounding your case, including when and where the accident happened, who was to blame for it and why, and what the physical or mental effect was on you. Our expert solicitors work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and will assess what kind of evidence exists to help you claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
You can start a show jumping accident claim today by calling us on our free, 24-hour helpline.
Call 0800 689 0500 to speak with one of our advisers, or text ‘claim365’ to 88010 to receive a call back from us.
You can also try our free, 30-second claim calculator online. This application asks a few short questions and can give you an estimated claim amount.
Date Published: July 10, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Horse riding accident claims