Lots of people love working with horses either as a career or a hobby. Most of the time, this is great but if you suffer an accident and sustain a personal injury, things can be different very quickly. If you have been in a horse riding accident that wasn’t your fault, you might be able to make a personal injury claim.
Horse Riding Accidents – common causes
Depending on the situation your horse riding accident took place in, a variety of people could potentially be responsible for your personal injury. They could include, but aren’t necessarily limited to:
• The owner of the horse or stables where you are working or riding.
• The driver of a car if you, and the horse you are riding, are involved in a road traffic accident that causes a personal injury
• The venue owner or organiser if you are involved in a horse riding accident at a competition, show or other event – if, for example, they have failed to follow the proper safety procedures.
As it isn’t always clear cut who is responsible for a horse riding accident, it is definitely worth seeking legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer so that you can clarify the situation. Also, depending on the circumstances of your accident, more than one person or group might be responsible and so this will need to be taken into account.
Horse Riding Accidents – don’t delay your claim
One important thing you need to be aware of when making a personal injury claim for a horse riding accident is the time limit for these claims. Personal injury claims have a 3 year time limit which usually starts from when the accident occurs. However, if you only become aware of your injury later on, the 3 year limit starts from the date of diagnosis of your injury.
Also, if a child is injured in a horse riding accident then the 3 year limit does not come into effect until their 18th birthday.
Compensation is likely to be awarded to you if you are successful in your personal injury claim. This compensation is designed to cover any expenses you may have incurred due to your horse riding accident and any loss of earnings you’ve suffered. The aim of it is to put you back in the financial position you would have been in if the accident hadn’t happened.
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