California Horse Accident LawyersFrom trail rides to horse competitions and rides on private property, horse riding can be a dangerous activity. When a horse owner, coach or a company offering recreational horseback riding or lessons acts negligently, the risk for serious injury is even greater. If you or a family member was seriously injured in a horseback riding accident, talk to a personal injury lawyer about your options. If negligence was a contributing factor to the injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
Common Horse Back Riding Injuries Injuries sustained from horse riding accidents can be minor to severe and include:
- Broken back;
- Spinal cord fracture;
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Broken bones, including wrist, shoulder, legs and neck;
- Dislocated joints;
- Loss of visibility or sight
Learn more about your legal options by chatting with a representative now.Head injury and horseback riding safety: Head injuries account for the vast majority of serious injuries and fatalities resulting from horse back riding. According to published data head injuries account for an estimated 60% of all horse back riding deaths. As a result head gear including equestrian helmets must be an essential part of riding safety. Other important safety tips to reduce the incidence of riding injuries are as follows.
- Make sure the saddle fits the rider
- Stay in safe and approved riding trails
- Supervise young children never let a child under the age of 6 ride alone
- Be careful or be aware of different objects and circumstance which might spook the horse
- Make sure all the riding equipment is properly maintained and free of defect
Wrongful Death Lawsuit – Killed in Horse Back Riding AccidentsHorses are wild animals. There is always a degree of risk involved with horseback riding. If your loved one was killed from a horseback riding accident, you may be able to bring a claim on their behalf. California Wrongful Death Laws: California permits wrongful death cases, so long it is brought by a spouse or immediate blood relative. Essentially a wrongful death case allows you to stand in the shoes of the deceased and bring a cause of action on their behalf. What this allows for is compensation for the injuries and losses sustained for the death of your loved ones. It is possible to assert a cause for damages for loss of wages, services and other possible claims. Determining whether you should sue is a difficult decision. Any settlement award is insufficient in comparison to the pain suffered, but it is important to consider your rights.
Liability in Horse Accident LawsuitsMany riders fail to understand that waivers signed at the time of rental do not necessarily limit liability for the rider. A recreational horseback rental company in Los Angeles cannot merely shield itself of all liability through a waiver. Our attorneys can help with your recovery regardless of whether a waiver was signed. Horseback rental agencies can be liable for the following:
- Failure to properly train the horse;
- Improper or inadequate equipment;
- Failure to match the rider with a horse with similar experience;
- Mistreatment of horses which causes disruption during the ride;
- Failure to inform the rider of the horses propensities including past harms committed to other riders;
- Failure to properly inspect the trail or premises to avoid injuries or harm;
- Failure to adequately train the horse; or
- Allowing an injured horse to continue accepting riders.