Horse Riding Injury Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a horse riding injury, we can help.

Whether your injuries were caused by a slip or trip, fall or other incident, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor

You can make a compensation claim for an accident in a public place with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

Your solicitor will ask you about how the accident happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will then identify who is legally responsible. Based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses they will also work out how much money you can claim.

We can help you make an public place accident claim, on a No Win No Fee basis.

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Introduction

Three million people a year ride horses in the UK, sometimes as a sport, other times for leisure.

Unfortunately, it is often underestimated how dangerous horse riding can be. Experienced riders will know that however careful you are that injuries are an inevitable consequence of horse riding and that at some point during your time in the saddle you could suffer an injury.

If that injury has been caused by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.

Horse riding injury compensation claims advice

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a horse riding injury as a result of an accident you should always seek medical advice whether from your GP, walk in centre or accident and emergency department. Your recovery is paramount and seeking early advice can help both diagnose and treat any problem. You should also try to do as many of the following as possible:

  • obtain details of any witnesses who saw the accident. A name and phone number will do.
  • report the matter to an relevant party to make sure a report of the accident is completed.
  • take photos of the aftermath especially if these will show how the accident happened
  • take photos of your injuries, if they are visible.

Do I have an injury claim?

You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury happened:

  • within the last 3 years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.
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Do I have a claim? - Common questions

What if a child was injured?

The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.

A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start an injury claim on their own behalf.

Read more about claiming injury compensation on behalf of a child.

Can I make a horse riding injury claim right up to the three-year limit?

Technically, yes. However, in practice, not always. Many solicitors will not take on a horse riding injury claim that only has a few months (sometimes even a year) left before the time limit expires. The panel of solicitors will take a claim on as late as possible where it is felt that the claim could be successful.

How will a claim help me?

You should choose a solicitor who has a solid understanding of the law and horse riding injury claims and how this affects your claim. One who knows what evidence is needed and how to get it. Your solicitor will have many years of experience of just these types of claim. We have detailed knowledge of the regulations involved and how employers and companies should adhere to them.

How Quittance's panel of solicitors differ:

  • Smaller caseloads - greater chance of success - The solicitors handle smaller caseloads than many firms meaning we spend more time on your individual case. The more time we spend on a case, the greater the chance of success.
  • Specialists, not generalists - Here at Quittance, we live and breathe Personal Injury work. We do not take on any other type of legal work meaning we are specialised an fully focussed on your case.
  • We empathise - Because Personal Injury is all we do, we understand things from your perspective as a claimant and show a caring and are always highly considerate in our approach to you and your case.
  • Communication - Help is always at hand and a regular update is provided every 28 days so you are fully in the picture at each stage of your case. Of course if anything happens in the interim we will contact you and you can contact us at any stage.
  • Clarity - Making a claim can be a confusing process. Your solicitors will explain the process for your claim at each and every step of your case in a clear and jargon free manner.

How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.

The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.

For example:

General damages for a life-altering back injury can be £65,000

For a more minor arm injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £4,000.

However, if you have a life-altering back injury and a more minor arm injury, you would typically receive £65,000 + a reduced percentage of £4,000.

Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.

What is the average injury compensation for an injury claim?

The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.

However, the money you would receive following an injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

Can I see the complete Judicial College tables?

The table above (excerpted from the Judicial College Tables) shows the most common horse riding injury claims. To see the complete list see: Judicial College Injury Tables.

Calculate my injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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How long does a horse-riding injury claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation for a horse-riding injury can vary considerably.

For example, a simple liability accepted public place accident claim could be settled in a matter of weeks. If the defendant denies liability, a claim can take considerably longer. On average an accident claim takes 6 to 9 months. For more information on how long your claim could take, see: How long will my claim take?

How else can a solicitor help me?

Your solicitor will handle your injury claim from the initial FREE case evaluation, through to the financial settlement.

Your solicitor will work with other specialists to provide caring and sensitive support and help you with:

  • Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
  • Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
  • Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
  • Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.

Less than 5% of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.

Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.

Read more:

Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

No win, no fee - the facts

'No win, no fee' means that if you do not win your injury claim, you won't have to pay any legal fees. Known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA', no win, no fee is a legal agreement between you and a solicitor.

No win, no fee - our guarantee

Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is no financial risk in making an injury claim, even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

If your injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees at all. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Can I get Legal Aid?

Legal aid is no longer available when making a personal injury claim, but a Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win, No Fee) can reduce the financial risks of making a claim.

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Injury FAQ's

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more:

Claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

Yes. You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long do I have to make an injury claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the injury to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for an injury after 3 years?

Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.

However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.

If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.

There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim injury compensation.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

Calculate your claim limitation date

Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more:

Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

I need the money now - what are my options?

If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.

Read more:

How to I get an interim compensation payment?

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor