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Settlement for riding lesson injury

Updated: 13 Jun, 2011


Riding accident compensation has been paid to a woman from Stoke-on-Trent who broke her neck while undertaking a riding lesson in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Although the woman broke her two uppermost vertebrae and was required to spend two weeks in hospital listed as a critical patient, her accident injuries could actually have been far worse and resulted in permanent paralysis.

A specialist personal injury lawyer represented the woman's riding accident compensation claim. She told press that the jump, which was an unfixed portable type, was "inherently dangerous and, for a professional establishment to use such a fence, shows a lack of awareness of the risk."

British Eventing (BE) expressed its view that unfixed portable jumps pose a real hazard to riders, particularly the inexperienced. "The importance of properly securing portable cross-country fences must not be underestimated and this applies at all levels," said a BE spokesperson.

However, despite being ordered to pay out £60,000 in riding accident compensation to the claimant, the riding school's owner dismissed the incident as "just one of those things".