Work accident claim news
Stable hand kicked by horse to claim £300k
A 60-year-old man working as a stable hand in Norfolk is seeking £300,000 in accident at work compensation after being kicked by a horse.
The employee of the yard had been returning a racehorse to its stable when it kicked him in the face and knocked him unconscious.
The accident caused the man to suffer a fractured cheek and serious spinal cord damage which has left him paralysed from the chest down.
The man was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance, where he underwent surgery before being transferred for rehabilitation treatment to Sheffield.
The stable hand has now launched a claim for accident at work compensation from the horse racing trainer and owners of the Wymondham farm, where the incident took place. He is seeking £300,000 in damages as well as an order allowing him to return to court for more damages if his condition should worsen.
As his battle for work accident compensation commences, the man spoke out to say, "When I was in hospital in Sheffield I saw kids as young as 14 paralysed from the neck down and it made me feel lucky I have had 60 good years of life. I have been kicked several times before and had some horrendous falls and emerged unscathed; this time I was unlucky."