Express Solicitors Launches Specialist Equestrian Department

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Express Solicitors are delighted to announce the launch of its specialist equestrian department, specialising in horse riding accidents.

The most recent British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) National Equestrian Survey indicated that:

  • 5 million people (6% of the GB population) have ridden a horse at least once in the past 12 months
  • In 2010, 8% of riders considered themselves disabled in some way
  • A quarter of all GB riders are under 16 years old; 20% are over 45 years old
  • The estimated GB horse population, including both private and professional ownership, is just below one million horses (988,000)

Unfortunately, horse riding can be a particularly dangerous hobby and if you suffer an injury whilst horse riding which was caused by someone else’s negligence you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Luckily a number of our lawyers in the equestrian department, own horses or ride them regularly so can relate to any clients suffering from an equestrian related injury.  Pictured below: Managing Partner, James Maxey, with one of his horses. horse 3

Some of the most common types of horse riding accidents our personal injury solicitors and lawyers deal with involve:

  • Riders being involved in a road traffic accident.
  • Horse riders being provided with a horse to ride which has an unsuitable temperament.
  • Horse riders being injured due to riding on an unsuitable surface.
  • Horse riders being injured due to defective equipment they have been provided with.
  • Poor stable management can increase the risk of an accident occurring. Too many riders in a riding school or failure to plan a route properly can cause accidents.

Express Solicitors has extensive experience in this area and can help you to claim the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Daniel Slade at Express Solicitors represented our client, Sarah Price, when she fell off her horse during a beginner’s riding lesson at her local stables and helped her achieve £5,000 for the injuries she sustained.

horse 2Sarah explains: “I was having my fifth horse riding lesson at my local stables, but things were chaotic there. There were building works going on at the riding centre and my lesson had been moved from my usual enclosed training area to an open field where there were other horses loose.

“The horse I was riding – Coco – was spooked by the noise and chaos of the building works and the other horses in the field and became agitated. The other horses were moved and the lesson continued but an employee then walked two or three horses past the field – Coco reared up in the air and I was thrown from the back.

“I was in considerable pain so that evening I went to Accident and Emergency where a specialist diagnosed injuries to my neck and my lower back.”

Sarah approached Express Solicitors to pursue her claim and was awarded £5,000 in damages for a back injury, post-traumatic-stress disorder and a subsequent phobia of horse riding.

For more information about our equestrian accident department or for legal advice, please call us on 0845 456 4007 or you can email our cycle accident department: equestrianaccidents@expresssolicitors.co.uk

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