While horseback riding is a fun and exciting activity and sport, it is essential that each person take the utmost caution. Unfortunately, even when a rider is careful, there are still countless ways that they can get hurt.
If you or a loved one was injured while on horseback, a well-versed attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. might be able to help. A Michigan horse riding accident lawyer could investigate the unique circumstances of your case and determine if another person or business is to blame. If so, a legal professional could help you pursue compensation for your injuries and other accident-related losses.
Common Injuries After an Accident
The size of most horses, as well as the nature of riding means that any horseback-related injuries are often severe. These might include:
Along with the physical trauma of these or other injuries, an individual might also face significant medical bills and missed time at work, resulting in lost wages. As a result, anyone injured in a horse riding incident might wish to pursue compensation through a civil claim with the help of a well-versed Michigan lawyer. Even when an injured individual is not sure that there is a potential defendant for their case, it might be beneficial to speak with a legal professional to determine which steps they could take.
Establishing Fault for a Riding Injury
Michigan is one of the 46 states that have enacted legislation specifically addressing equine activities, such as horseback riding. While a defendant is not inherently liable for a horse-related injury or death, there are certain circumstances that could result in their liability. For example, an injured claimant could have a successful case if they demonstrated that a defendant:
- Provided faulty tack or equipment for participant use
- Failed to make reasonable and prudent efforts to ascertain the ability of the participant to safely participate in the associated activity before providing them with a horse
- Allowed for dangerous land conditions where an equine activity takes place for which warning signs are not posted and obviously visible
Under §691.1665, of this act, the state has an unusual exception to the liability law that applies when the defendant acts negligently or makes an omission that is the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury. This exception might be beneficial for an injured claimant to pursue a persuasive claim with the help of a seasoned Michigan horse riding accident attorney.
Seek Help from a Michigan Horse Riding Accidents Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in a horseback riding incident, you have legal options and should consider working with a compassionate attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Even when injuries are apparent, navigating the claims process alone is often overwhelming, especially as you recover from your injuries.
A Michigan horse riding accident lawyer could explain your rights, assess your legal options, and help you decide how to best proceed. To discuss your legal circumstances further, schedule a free consultation today.
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