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4 December 2015 2 Comments
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Royds Withy King gets a result where another firm could not

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We acted for Sally* who was a stable girl in her twenties. Sally worked in a racehorse training yard and one morning on the way to the gallops the filly she was riding became so agitated that she flipped over. Sally had no chance to avoid the accident and the horse landed on top of her.

Sally suffered a badly crushed pelvis and even after the prolonged healing process she continued to suffer from severe chronic pain that continues to affect her life. Sally was unable to work for a considerable time and she can no longer ride for a living.

At first Sally instructed another firm of solicitors. Insurers denied liability and the case stalled because they did not fully understand the Animals Act 1971 which was the key to obtaining compensation.

Soon after Sally heard about Royds Withy King and transferred her case to us the defendant insurers admitted liability. A settlement was quickly secured giving Sally over £100,000 which was used for on-going therapy and to compensate her for a large loss of earnings claim.

*not her real name

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2 comments on Royds Withy King gets a result where another firm could not

  1. Posted by Wendell McClore on October 28, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I live in Klamath Falls Oregon..I hit a black cow on the way home from work on a public road. I’m curious to how your laws work in England. My insurance company, Geico, is doing very little to help me get the compensation I deserve because I was not injured. I was the only one involved in the cow accident. The cow got out of the cow owner’s fence and is now dead. The cow owner is liable. My Ford Explorer is totaled. The vehicle is not drivable. The vehicle was towed away from cow accident scene. I have called several law firms in the USA and none of them think I have a case that I could win against the cow owner nor the cow owner’s insurance company. What is your advice?

    • Posted by Richard Brooks on October 29, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Sorry to hear about the Explorer. In Britain the farmer is responsible for animals straying from where they are supposed to be unless it can be established that a someone else was to blame (e.g. by pulling down a fence) or that something extraordinary happened for them to be on the road. It could be that the animals were so scared by a storm that they broke an otherwise decent fence or jumped a normal gate/fence/cattle grid, which does happen even with a cow or a pig once in a blue moon.

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