Ohio Catastrophic Injury Attorney and Equine Accident Lawyer Reviews horseback injuries and equestrian accidents for plaintiffs nationwide
Both first-time and experienced riders can be victims of equestrian accidents at any given time. Horses can be unpredictable, and their size and strength make the animals quite dangerous to horseback riders. Because those riding horses sit a height and have their feet in stirrups, any fall can result in severe injury, often a head and spinal injury.
Horseback accidents can result in a kick, bite or trampling injury and lead to bone fracture, traumatic brain injury, hospitalization or even wrongful death. Common injuries occur when riders are trotting, galloping, or cantering when a horse suddenly stops and the rider falls forward off the horse. Many riders and bystanders are kicked by horses each year as well.
Horse Injury & Equestrian Accidents
- Stable Accidents
- Trainer negligence
- Unsafe environment & premises liability
- Unsafe trails
- Kick and fall injuries
- Trample Injury
- Head and neck injury
Equine Accidents & Horseback Injury Prevention
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has published tips in order to help prevent horseback riding injuries, which includes the following:
- All riders should wear horseback riding helmets
- Riders should wear leather boots with a minimal heel.
- Riding equipment should be inspected and undamaged.
- Saddles and stirrups should be appropriate to a rider’s size and properly adjusted.
- Children and novice riders should consider using safety stirrups.
- Novice riders should be accompanied and supervised by experienced instructors.
- Amateurs should ride on open, flat terrain.
- Do not attempt jumps or stunts without supervision. Novice riders should avoid any jump.
- Never ride a horse when taking medications, or under the influence of alcohol.
- Know that horses are flight animals, and will run away from sudden noises and movements.
- Stay alert for anything that might startle your horse.
- When trail riding, do not go off trail.
- Never walk behind a horse. Approach them at their shoulder.
Horse Accidents & Premises Liability Lawsuits
The owners and occupiers of a property have a duty to make the property safe for people invited to engage in horseback and equestrian activities. For example, horse riding trails should be well-cleared and safe. This law dictates that both the environment be suitable for riding and that the animals are domesticated enough and safe to ride and matched well with inexperienced riders.
Those managing a property used for horseback riding and equestrian activity have a responsibility to post warnings of any hazard on a property and fully explain the risks of riding horses in general. Inherent risks should be spelled out to customers and visitors to a property. If a property owner breaches the duty of care owed to a customer, they may be liable for injury, loss or damage suffered on the premises.
If a horse is loose, unbridled and “at large” and causes damage or injury, the horse owner may be legally liable. Contact an equine attorney following any equestrian accident to review the liability of an owner for escaped or wild livestock.
If you or a loved one has suffered a horseback injury, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an Ohio Equine Attorney, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding preventable equestrian accidents.