Can I claim being an amateur jockey?
Accidents are a common occurrence in horse racing and depending on the situation, the rider of the horse may be eligible to make a compensation claim if injuries are sustained in the accident. A recent example of this happened back in 2006 when a jockey, Philip Hide, was riding in a race at Cheltenham and fell off his horse. He was put into a coma from the fall and broke his pelvis, Hide made a compensation claim against the race track owners, Jockey Club Racecourses for 58,000 pounds. The claim was successful in the court of appeal after being turned down in the initial hearing, the basis of the claim was that the track contributed to the extent of his injuries.
The incident occurred in November 2006 after Hide’s horse fell when it got to the first hurdle and it threw him up against the outer rail plastic upright. His hip hit the metal spigot that holds the upright in place which broke his pelvis. In the court case, Hide’s solicitors argued that the outer rail had been placed too close to the hurdle and did not have enough padding on it which made the race track owners liable for his injuries. The judge who initially heard the case at Oxford county court made the decision that the fall was unusual and could not reasonably foresee the nature of the fall.
In the court of appeal, this decision was reversed on the basis that the judge had misunderstood the legislation that applied to the case. The three judges in the appeal court ruled that the race track owners could have avoided or mitigated Hide’s injuries by making the padding on the uprights thicker or made the guard rail further away from the hurdle. Thus, it was ruled that the defendant was not able to show that the circumstances were beyond their control or that these were exceptional events. With this ruling, a review of the current safety measures of racecourses in Britain was made a priority in order to prevent future cases like this and improve safety for jockeys.
When is it possible that the answer to the question “Can I claim being an amateur jockey?” is “Yes”?
If you are asking the question, “Can I claim being an amateur jockey?”, the answer depends on a variety of factors. To determine the answer and have the factors of your case evaluated by a solicitor, contact Accident Advice Helpline. Contact them by calling or texting the relevant phone number found at the top of the page and they will help you determine if you can make a claim.