Horse riding is a popular sport and recreational activity in Australia. While the frequency of injuries and death related to equestrian activities is relatively low, the consequences of an accident can be quite severe. This is particularly true for children and young adults.
If you have suffered an injury in a public space containing horses, whether as a participant of recreational equestrian activities or as a worker, you may be able to lodge a personal injury claim and receive compensation.
Common Causes of Horse-Related Injuries
There are many injuries you can sustain while riding or being in the presence of a horse, including falling from a horse, being hit by a charging or running horse or being bitten by a horse. Injuries can range from wounds and lacerations to fractures and internal organ damage.
A variety of circumstances can lead to a person being injured by a horse, such as:
- The rider losing control of the horse due to inexperience
- An untrained horse acting unpredictably
- A car, another animal, machinery or something else frightening the horse.
If your horse-related injury arises as a result of wrongful behaviour or negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of amenities or life, loss of earnings, medical and rehabilitation expenses, and other out of pocket expenses directly resulting from the accident.
Making a Claim
Horse-related injuries resulting from the wrongful or negligent act of another party generally come under the scope of a public liability claim. Most commercial operators have public liability insurance to cover their financial liabilities in the event of an accident.
To make a successful claim, you must generally be able to prove that your injury has resulted from negligence by the commercial operator. If you are injured by a horse while working, you may be entitled to claim workers compensation.
Get in Touch
Public liability claims and workers compensation claims can be complex and dependent on the specific circumstances leading up to the injury. If you have been injured by a horse in Queensland and would like to make a claim, you should discuss your options with the team at Brisbane Injury Lawyers as soon as possible.
We believe every person has the right to legal representation, which is why we charge no fees until the successful conclusion of your claim. We pay all the outlay costs, including medical and investigation reports until your claim is over.
Speak to one of our experienced compensation lawyers on 07 3188 5800 or contact us today.