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15.01.14

£12,000 compensation for a client injured in a road traffic accident whilst hacking

Miss N was injured whilst hacking on a B road directly outside the yard at which she stabled her horse.  The car that struck her was traveling too fast for the circumstances and failed to leave enough room. 

The Highway Code is clear in relation to how one should pass a horse and rider when it states that they should be given plenty of room and that the driver should be ready to stop. Liability was admitted in full. 

Fortunately the horse was not injured but Miss N sustained whiplash type symptoms and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Miss N was forced to move her horse to an alternative yard as a result of the accident which left her unable to continue riding in the vicinity of the accident scene.

A claim was brought for Miss N's physical injuries, psychological injury and associated financial losses.

Within the financial losses claimed, compensation was awarded for the increased cost of stabling at the new yard over the course of Miss N's recovery. It was argued that but for the accident Miss N would not have moved her horse. It was further argued that Miss N had complied with her duty to mitigate her financial loss by attempting to find a yard that was the same in terms of cost as the previous one. HorseSolicitor was successful in arguing these points.

Miss N received £12,000 compensation for her injuries and financial losses.

HorseSolicitor was acting on a no-win no-fee basis and legal costs were paid by the third party insurer in addition to the Claimant's damages.

If you have been involved in a horse riding accident call HorseSolicitor now on 01446 794196.


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