Accident at work involving horses

There are a vast range of jobs which involve working with horses from working at a riding school, being a groom or equine manager to being a Jockey, working in a stud, a farrier or being a trainer. Whilst the jobs may be different in their roles, they all have one thing in common, they all involve working with large animals, capable of causing serious injury and in some cases, death.

 

It is commonly accepted that horses, by the fact they are animals, are unpredictable and therefore a certain amount of risk is associated with being in their proximity. However, just as any other employer, yours has a duty to ensure you are safe at work and take appropriate steps to lower and/or prevent the risk of injury.

 

You could be bitten or kicked. You could fall from a horse, resulting in anything from soft tissue injuries and bruising lasting a few months, to serious spinal, life changing injuries.

 

By virtue of the size and weight of a horse you could suffer crush injuries, if a horse were to fall either on you, or against a wall/ fence/gate within a stable or field.

 

Bringing claims for injuries caused by horses is a complex area of law and they are not usually straightforward nor easy to pursue. Therefore, it is important to seek specialist legal advice. We are experienced in this specialist area and have a proven track record of successfully perusing these types of claims.

 

We will look to claim damages and compensation arising from the incident to ensure that you are put in the position you were before the incident.

This can include:

  • Compensation for your injuries, both mental and physical

  • Treatment costs

  • Lost earnings

  • Care and help provided by family and friends while you are recovering

  • Clothing and other property damaged in the incident

  • Any other losses resulting from the accident.

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