Woman awarded £52,000 after falling while horse riding
A woman who injured her spine when she fell while riding a horse has been awarded more than £52,000 compensation.
The accident happened while the 56-year-old woman was riding a horse in an arena during a training session operated by a regional park authority. Children were playing and making a noise nearby. One of them let out a very loud high-pitched scream that alarmed the horse and caused it to move suddenly.
The woman was thrown to the ground and fractured her spine. She had to undergo surgery and was off work for a year.
She took legal action against the authority, alleging that it was negligent in failing to ensure that users of the stables did not behave in an irresponsible manner, resulting in excessive noise near the riding area.
The authority denied liability and argued that the woman had voluntarily accepted the risk that the horse might behave in an unpredictable manner. It denied that the stable helpers were behaving in a way that would give rise to a reasonably foreseeable risk of injury to riders.
The two sides agreed an out-of-court settlement of £52,639 to cover the woman’s pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
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