Horse riding injury compensation claims
In this guide we explain everything you must know about making a horse riding accident compensation claim.
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 riding, you will most likely suffer an injury of some kind.
If that injury has been caused by someone else's negligence that can lead to a compensation claim being successfully pursued.
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.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
If you have suffered a horse riding injury and can answer "yes" to any of the following questions you may be able to claim compensation:
- was the accident someone else's fault?
- will you be able to prove that your injury was as a result of another person or the company's negligence?
- did the accident occur in the last three years?
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. Our solicitors 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 - Our 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. Our solicitors will explain the process for your claim at each and every step of your case in a clear and jargon free manner.
Compensation for a wide variety of horse riding injuries can be obtained. Compensation is governed by reference to the Judicial College Guidelines (Judge's Guidelines) and by reference to previously reported cases where people have suffered similar injuries.
One of the most common injuries caused in a horse riding accident is an injury to the hip. Compensation can vary from relatively straightforward soft tissue injury where there has been a complete recovery (£3000.00) to serious cases which have resulted in hip injury/hip replacement where the client remains in significant pain and restricted movement. (up to £100,000.00).
Road traffic accident claims
Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.
Find out more about claiming horse riding injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims
*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)
Accidents at work - Claims against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim horse riding injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims, from less-severe claims to long-term injuries. Our solicitors are chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims and their level of specialist experience.
Personal injury solicitors now work on a No Win, No Fee basis.
No Win, No Fee means that if your claim is not successful, you will not need to pay any legal fees.
If you do win your case, a success fee will be deducted from the compensation award and paid to your solicitor.
About the author
Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.
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