Jockey’s claim falls at first hurdle

Date: Sep 15, 2016

Horse racing is a major pastime around the world. It’s also one of the most dangerous sports to be a part of. A recent case has shown the court process for someone who has been injured on the race track.

While the compensation case failed, it does offer others in similar positions hope that they too can seek personal injury compensation through legal action.

Goode v Angland

Back in 2009, the plaintiff was riding a horse at the Queanbeyan Racecourse. The defendant was also participating in the same race. Just after the race began, the plaintiff was thrown from his mount and fell. As a result of the fall, the plaintiff suffered disastrous injuries that have left him confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

The plaintiff argued that the fall was the result of the defendant’s negligence or breach of duty. He believed the defendant’s actions interfered with the plaintiff and his mount.

The race was captured on both video and still pictures. The sheer amount of evidence was helpful as it allowed experts to review the race and offer assistance to the judge when making their argument.

Dangerous racing manoeuvres a warning to others

While the claim failed, it did raise awareness of some of the more dangerous actions jockeys can take during a race. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that there are a number of rules to ensure incidents like this do not happen.

The ‘hard and fast rule’ refers to times when a horse is in full gallop and outside the pack. When this occurs, the jockey is not allowed to bring the horse back in among the others, unless there’s a full two-horse length to do so.

The rule is clear in this part, however, the interpretation of the law and how it’s identified is a completely different story. When it comes to injuries sustained on the racing course, it’s important to talk to compensation lawyers.

With their expertise and knowledge in your counsel, you can rest assured you have the best bet for success. If you would like to know more about the services offered by a personal injury lawyer, talk to the experts at Gerard Malouf and Partners Compensation, Medical negligence and Will dispute lawyers as soon as possible.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.