An Ohio woman is not able to seek damages after being severely injured by a horse at a county fair, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled. The Ohio Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit due to the state law that limits personal injury lawsuits against horse owners and the horse industry.
The court's decision prevents a woman from seeking damages from the horse company after she was injured in a 2007 accident that occurred at the Wayne County fairgrounds. The woman was injured after being kicked in the face by the horse.
While the court ruling bars the woman from seeking damages in a personal injury lawsuit, it still leaves the opportunity for future claims to be filed by the injured woman. The court sent the case back to an appeals panel to determine if the horse owner's behavior was "wanton" and if the owner could still be held liable for her injuries. The horse owner said that the woman was a spectator and that she should be prevented from filing a lawsuit against him.
This case is an example of the ways animal or property owners can be held liable for accidents and injuries to other people. Personal injury claims can become very complicated. Many animal or property owners will claim that they are not responsible for one reason or another so it is best to work with a personal injury attorney to discuss your specific case and what options may be available to receive compensation for your injuries and damages.
Source: 13 ABC, "Ohio high court rejects woman's horse injury claim," Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Dec. 10, 2012
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