This article was published on April 25th, 2012
A horse rider has won a six year battle for compensation following a brain injury she sustained when she was thrown from her horse in an accident with a motorbike.
It is believed that the woman could win up to £500,000 for the accident which changed her personality, put a severe strain on her personal life and caused her and her husband to eventually go bankrupt.
The 43-year-old, who wished to remain unnamed, was riding when a loud motorbike exhaust spooked her pony and then collided into its back legs, causing her to fall and land headfirst on the floor.
She was not wearing a helmet when the accident happened and as a consequence, suffered severe personal injuries to the head.
In a statement to local press the rider said: “I saw a motorcyclist coming towards me and that’s the last thing I remember.”
“Apparently, I ended up lying in the road, covered in blood. One of the police officers who dealt with the accident met me a few months later and said he was amazed I was still alive.”
Her husband, who quit his job after the accident happened and ended up on benefits said: “What we need now is closure. Hopefully, with the cognitive therapy, I can return to being her husband instead of her carer.”