Horse, Pony or Donkey Caused Injuries?
It’s fun to go horseback-riding, whether in a riding ring or on a challenging trail ride. But if an accident occurs and you are injured while riding, could someone else be liable?
Horses are unpredictable, even when well-trained, and riding them carries an inherent risk. Riders have responsibilities to their animals, and wearing all necessary safety equipment. However, the owner/operator of businesses such as ranches, stables, tour companies or riding schools must provide reasonable care to prevent accidents.
Other seemingly safe activities can carry risk too. A pony ride at a child’s birthday party can be risky because of the instability of animals in crowded and noisy locations. A family visit to a nearby farm or petting zoo can turn into a nightmare if someone is injured.
Types of Injuries
Both children and adults can suffer many different injuries from horses, ponies and donkeys, including:
- Sprains and broken bones from being stepped on or trampled
- Concussions and broken bones from falls or being kicked
- Injuries can range from short-term to partial or total permanent disabilities.
Importantly, all of these can occur not only to participants but also to innocent bystanders. Again, the unpredictable behavior of the animals, no matter how well-trained, increases the risk of injury to anyone nearby.
Who is Liable?
Here are some of the ways that the owner/operator may be liable:
- Faulty equipment, such as the saddle and bridle
- Improper safety equipment such as a riding helmet
- Uncontrollable animals
- Inadequate training for guides or instructors
- Failing to warn you of unsafe conditions
Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured by an animal, it’s important to consult with an attorney skilled in these types of personal injury cases. Our attorneys will meet with you to learn about the circumstances around your injury. We will present you with the best options for your case, and then guide you through the entire legal process.
A successful settlement from a personal injury lawsuit can help you meet unexpected expenses:
- medical bills, both current and future
- wages due to lost work time
- counseling costs
- other expenses from unanticipated life changes due to a disabling injury
Our firm aims to maximize your award and discipline those who are negligent.
In any activity with humans together with animals, the top priorities are for the safety and enjoyment of the participants, and the health and safety of the animals. However, even if the rider and the owner/operator act responsibly, accidents still can occur. Reach out for a qualified injury attorney experienced in horse, pony and donkey cases if you’ve been injured by one of these animals call our firm at (877) 776-1219 or complete our contact form.