Horse riding can be a thrilling pastime, and working with horses can be a rewarding experience. However, should something go wrong, the consequences can be life-changing. If you’ve been involved in an accident, and it wasn’t your fault, our specialist equine accident solicitors are here to build a successful team around you and your claim.
Our experienced team of personal injury solicitors include specialists in the field of animal accidents, with a track record of successful claims, here to help you get the compensation you deserve for an accident involving a horse.
Our team has a wealth of experience in horse accident claims, and have been successful in seeking compensation for injuries such as:
- traumatic brain injury
- spinal fractures
- complex knee and ankle fractures
- pelvic injuries including “open book” fractures.
We also have experience of claims as a result of many different situations. For example, you may have found yourself:
- injured whilst working with horses
- injured following a road traffic collision or other accident
- injured during a lesson
- injured trekking
- injured at a competition, either taking part or watching.
Starting a horse accident claim
After we have received your enquiry, one of our legal experts will:
- be in touch to determine the facts of your situation, and determine whether you have a claim
- once we have done this, our team will advise you on the strength of your case
- we’ll then explore the next steps and, if you agree, get your claim started.
If you need any further information on the process of making a personal injury claim, take a look at our guide on the process here.
How long do I have to make a claim?
Limitations on personal injury claims state that you should make a claim within three years of the date of injury, or three years of your knowledge of the injury.
How much compensation might I receive?
The level of compensation you receive will depend entirely on the nature and severity of your injury, and how it has impacted upon you. For example, compensation will usually be calculated on the basis of:
- loss of past and future earnings
- expenses caused by the injury
- pain, suffering and the effects it has on your life.
If your injury is very serious, we may also claim damages for any care arrangements you might require, as well as any alterations to your home or special equipment you may need.
How can I make a claim when no-one was to blame?
Because riding horses is known to be dangerous, people injured by a horse are given extra rights to compensation for accidents caused by dangerous horse behaviour. Everyone understands that there are risks to working with horses. It is also understood that there should be insurance in place to cover the risks if they materialise.
Claims are often made under the animals Act 1971, making keepers strictly liable for dangerous behaviour even though no-one was to blame, let alone the horse.
Remember that most normal horses can behave dangerously in particular circumstances. A spooked horse can nap, shy, buck or kick. Most horse accident claims concern horses that are normally well-behaved.
Who is the claim made against?
When people are injured by horses, Claims are often made against the keeper of the horse. They sometimes find themselves making a personal injury claim against their employer or the owner of the horse. This is why employers and owners have insurance to pay compensation for animal accidents.
How long will a claim take?
The length of time a claim takes will depend entirely on the nature and severity of your injuries.
How can I fund a horse accident claim?
We offer many different options to fund a personal injury claim, however the most common is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), more commonly known as no win no fee funding. This ensures that, in the event your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay your opponent’s legal costs.
Typical animal accident cases
“What the team is known for:
Somerset-based practice that comes recommended for its focus on spinal cord and brain injuries. Also offers niche expertise in areas such as fatal accidents and animal cases. Demonstrates further skill in the area of asbestos-related diseases.
“I feel there is a strong culture within the firm that fosters excellence delivered in a friendly, approachable way,” reports a source.
Another interviewee states: “They are the best local firm for me to deal with as their whole focus is professional and efficient.”
Represented a claimant who suffered serious brain injury, in a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority case worth £15.8 million.
Stuart Brazington (Band 1) leads the brain injury team and possesses notable expertise in serious spinal cord injury claims. One source highlights: “He’s a brain injury specialist; it’s a tricky area and he’s very good at it. He knows a lot about medicine as well as litigation tactics.”
Senior associate Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) offers particular strength in severe injury cases arising from accidents involving animals, sports and motorcycles.
Louise Hart is Recognised Practitioner.”
Chambers 2018 Somerset
“What the team is known for:
Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including industrial disease cases, cycling accidents and equine matters. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accidents as well as catastrophic injuries, with a focus on brain and spinal injuries.
Interviewees praise the lawyers’ involvement in each case: “They are very supportive of clients, you get the feeling that it’s not just business to them. They work well in teams, are responsive and quick to get back to you.”
Others agree, and attest the success of this ethos: “We were never made to feel like a case, we were treated with open communication as we if we were in a partnership. The attention to detail and professionalism of the lawyers led to great results.”
The “tenacious and excellent” Ian Carrier (Band 1) focuses on catastrophic injury work, primarily spinal and brain injuries, as well as fatal accident claims. One client states: “He has strong communication skills, and excellent and far-reaching technical knowledge. We could not have asked for a better partners, it was just superb case management.”
Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) is highly reputable in claims of high complexity and severity including paediatric cases as well as those with complex neurological issues. One interviewee states: “She is very thorough and has an exceptionally good manner with clients. She is someone who inspires trust.”
Helen Childs (Band 2) is a specialist in industrial diseases and is especially noted for asbestos litigation. One client attests: “She is an expert in this field, which was paramount. She worked tirelessly and went to the moon and back for us. She was empathetic and genuine, nothing was too much trouble.“”
Chambers 2018 Oxford and Surrounds
“Royds Withy King’s personal injury team has ‘a wealth of experience and a very client-focussed approach’. It is ‘very strong on brain injury claims’ and provides an overall ‘excellent’ level of service. Particular areas of expertise include spinal injuries, chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, amputations, asbestos-related diseases, fatal accidents as well as claims arising from accidents involving animals, in particular horses. The ‘vastly experienced’ team is jointly led by Louise Hart and Stuart Brazington. The ‘tenacious’ and ‘knowledgeable’ Hart has ‘unrivalled’ experience in acting for clients who have sustained a personal injury with subsequent chronic pain’ while the ‘highly competent’ Brazington is ‘a very good strategist’. Senior associate Mark Hambleton, whose specialisms include sports-related injuries, is ‘client-focused’. The practice’s recent caseload includes representing a client who had suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury in a multi-million-pound claim before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) First Tier Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.”
Legal 500 2017 South West
“The ‘excellent and forward-thinking firm’ Royds Withy King in Oxford, which ‘strikes the right balance through quality advice and great client care’, was created through a merger between law firm Royds and the Bath-based Withy King in September 2016. Team lead Tracy Norris-Evans specialises in brain injury and paediatric claims and also acts as a professional deputy, while the ‘experienced practitioner’ Ian Carrier is known for his spinal injuries and fatal accidents work and has ‘impressive attention to detail and case preparation skills’. Other notable individuals are Richard Brooks, who regularly handles animal-related claims and ‘knows equine matters inside out’, and industrial diseases expert Helen Childs. As a result of the merger, James Millar Craig, who gained experience in permanent health insurance cases, was added to the team. The ‘highly organised, knowledgeable and approachable’ associates Jennifer Seavor and Rachel James joined from Boyes Turner and Irwin Mitchell, respectively. Especially recommended in ‘asbestos-related claims’, Seavor represented a client who had developed mesothelioma through his occupation at a railway company from the late sixties to the early seventies; he wanted the claim to settle during his lifetime and accepted an offer of £230,000.”
Legal 500 2017 South East