A Yorkshire part-time horse groom has been awarded £20,750 in compensation after she was kicked in face at work.
Jess Rawnsley was 16 when she was kicked in the face by a horse, at the horse riding school she was working at in West Yorkshire in April 2014.
The horse she was turning out reportedly spun around kicking Ms Rawnsley in the face, breaking her jaw in two places and causing her to briefly lose consciousness.
Part of the reason Ms Rawnsley made a personal injury claim is because she wasn’t made aware that one of the horses had a history of temperament issues.
A letter of claim was forwarded to a third party insurer who faulted the incident with the employers negligence for failing to provide Ms Rawnsley with the appropriate information of the horses characteristics, as well as failing to provide steps towards safeguarding Ms Rawnsley’s health and safety at the workplace.
The riding school accepted early liability and awarded Ms Rawnsley an out of court settlement of £20,750 in 15 July 2015.
Although, Ms Rawnsley is expected to make a full recovery from her injuries, the injuries she has sustained has left her with mild paraesthesia in her lip, mild permanent swelling in her jaw as well as altered sensations.
Ms Rawnsley’s representative has spoken about the need to make personal injury claims against employers’ negligence: “We understand that people are often hesitant to bring a claim against their employer through fear of causing difficulties in the work place, but if you sustain injury as a result of your employer’s negligence you really shouldn’t be put off,
“Employers are required to have insurance and have a legal responsibility to ensure that they have done all they can to protect their employees. Appropriate training, a safe work place and suitable safety equipment must be provided.”