Many people are not even aware that they could file a lawsuit for their injuries in the event that they have been injured while horseback riding. Our equine attorneys represent all types of horseback riding accident victims. There are several parties involved in a horseback riding accident, including the horse owners, farms, breeders, horse stables, and instructors. 

It could get kind of complex to determine the responsible parties in the event that you have been injured while horseback riding. Our top-rated Sacramento attorneys understand the importance of getting compensation and holding the party responsible for your injuries. We offer free consultations, which could be done in person or over the phone to discuss your specific horseback riding accident case.

Because horses are very large and heavy, accidents typically lead to severe injuries. These injuries should be treated by a medical provider as soon as possible, or it may get worse.

Who can file a lawsuit in a horseback riding injury incident?

If you have been horseback riding in any of the below circumstances, you have the right to file a lawsuit against any negligent party that has led to your injuries. For more information, we recommend that you speak to our attorneys so we can do an in-depth look into your specific circumstance.

  • Horse competitors at horse competitions
  • Rides on private property
  • Trail rides on public property

Almost any type of horseback riding accident carries a risk of catastrophic injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured while horseback riding in Sacramento, California, give us a call today to discuss who the responsible parties could be. You may be entitled to compensation.

What types of injuries occur from a horseback riding accident?

Horseback riding accident injuries could range and could include minor injuries and severe permanent injuries. But, it depends on the accident victim’s pre-existing medical history, age, and how the accident occurred. Examples of injuries include:

Horseback Riding Wrongful Death Sacramento Lawsuits

If you know someone who has passed away from a horseback riding accident, contact our Sacramento wrongful death attorneys for more information. Because horses are considered wild animals, there is always the risk of a horseback riding accident fatality. Horses could stomp on riders after throwing them to the ground, which could lead to death. California law allows relatives of the deceased to recover compensation. 

But, only specific immediate family members could recover compensation, such as children or spouses of the victim.

Wrongful death allows family members to stand in the shoes of the accident victim and hold the negligent party responsible. Just because the accident victim has passed away does not necessarily mean that the negligent party is now off the hook. Wrongful death allows accident victim’s families to recover compensation, such as loss of income and loss of services at home. For example, if the accident victim passed away, and had been contributing a substantial amount of income to the family, this could be recovered.

What are the common causes of horseback riding accidents in Sacramento?

Many riders think that just because they signed a waiver or a contract prior to writing they are not allowed to get compensated. But, that is not the case. Just because you have signed a waiver does not necessarily mean that the negligent party can never be held responsible for negligent actions. Examples of common causes of horseback riding accidents include:

  • Improper animal treatment: if the horseback riding company or stable owner treats the wild animal improperly, the horse could fight back and take their anger out on the rider instead.
  • Improper equipment: animals must always be cleaned, groomed, and examined medically using proper equipment. 
  • Not training the horse properly: horse owners, stable owners, or horseback riding companies have a responsibility to train the wild animal properly.
  • Lack of warnings: horseback riding instructors must always warn riders of the risks associated with horseback riding, and must properly teach riders, especially inexperienced riders.
  • Maintain the horseback riding trail: property owners must always inspect the property for any dangerous conditions and place a warning sign or repair the condition once it is discovered.

When can I file an equestrian accident lawsuit?

Sacramento follows state California law when it comes to the statute of limitations. Statute of limitations is a specific time frame that allows lawsuits to be filed. After this time frame, the statute of limitations for a horseback riding accident is 2 years from the date of the horseback riding accident. But, there are several different exceptions. For example, if the accident victim was a minor, then they have two years from the date that they turn 18 to file the lawsuit. There are several different complex requirements that go along with filing a horseback riding accident lawsuit, give us a call today to discuss.

Could I recover compensation from a horseback riding accident in Sacramento?

You have the right to file a lawsuit for compensation in the event you have been injured while horseback riding in Sacramento. Because horses are wild animals, the injuries that result from such an accident could be severe. That is why you could recover a variety of compensation, which could include:

  • Ambulance Costs
  • Prescription Medication Expenses
  • Emergency Room Expenses
  • Hospital Stay Expenses
  • Physical Therapy
  • Medical Supplies
  • At Home Medical Care
  • Lost Wages
  • Loss Of Earning Capacity
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent Disability
  • Scarring
  • Loss Of Consortium
  • Emotional Distress
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Pain And Suffering 
  • Property Damage

You could recover any of the above types of compensation. But, keep in mind that this depends on the circumstances of the horseback riding accident.

Who is responsible for a horseback riding accident in Sacramento?

Determining fault in a horseback riding accident is a very crucial part of filing a horseback riding accident lawsuit.  An experienced Sacramento horseback riding attorney must take a look at all of the circumstances involved with the horseback riding accident to narrow down any responsible parties. Examples of parties that could be responsible include:

  • Recreational Facilities
  • Horse Trainers
  • Horse Instructors
  • Property Owners
  • Stable Owners
  • Horse Owners
  • Employees
  • Horseback Riding Third-Party Companies
  • Veterinarians
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • Equipment Retailers

Products Liability And Horse Training Equipment

There are rare circumstances where a  product manufacturer could be held responsible for horseback riding accident injuries. For example, in the event that you were riding a horse, and you fell off the horse because the saddle was not secured properly, you may have the right to file a product liability lawsuit if the saddle had a defect. Product manufacturers have a responsibility to make sure that all the products they create are free from any defects. This includes defects such as warning defects, design defects, and manufacturing defects. 

Sacramento Equestrian Accident Lawyers Near Me

Horseback riding accidents are specific types of personal injury accidents. That is why you must make sure that the attorney you choose to represent you has experience representing horseback riding accident victims in the past.

Our top-rated Sacramento lawyers have been representing animal attack accident victims for several decades, and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. contact us today for a  complimentary case evaluation. Our top-rated attorneys are here to help every step of the way, so call Heidari Law Group today.