Equine law typically refers to horse-related transactions and litigation, particularly where regulated breeds are involved, such as thoroughbreds, standardbreds, and Arabians.
Need a Texas Equine Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you need to file a lawsuit for a physical injury or transaction dispute involving a horse, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
How Can an Equine Lawyer Help?
Effective representation requires that a lawyer have a thorough knowledge of tort, contract and administrative practice. Perhaps more important, an equine practitioner must understand the “language” that is specific to the horse industry as well as the specialized trade practices that are often unfamiliar to persons who are not regularly involved in the horse business.
Types of Equine Lawsuits
Lawsuits sometimes become unavoidable in the equine industry. There are many examples of circumstances that can lead to litigation:
- Equestrian helmet failed to protect a rider’s head
- Purchase and sale disputes
- Breach of contract
- Injury to a horse
- Horse rider injuries
- Business transaction disputes
- Breeding rights
- Veterinary malpractice
- And more
Filing a Lawsuit for Horse Riding Injuries
Horse riding accident lawsuits are commonly filed for the following types of injuries:
- Traffic or accidents
- People who are injured while working with horses
- Competition spectators and participants
Dealing with horses always involves a certain amount of risk, but you have a legal right to be kept as safe as possible. If your accident was caused by the carelessness or reckless actions of another person, you could be entitled to a financial payout.
It can be extremely expensive to pay for medical bills and take time off work. If you suffered long-term disability due to your horse riding accident, you may also need permanent care and support in the future.
Understanding Horse Ownership
Horse ownership responsibilities include both a significant financial commitment, as well as a substantial time commitment. As a horse owner you are financially responsible not only for the purchase price of the animal, but also for its continuous upkeep including items such as feed, shelter, veterinary bills, and shoeing costs.
Purchase, Sale, and Lease Agreement Issues
If you are selling a horse, you must protect against your potential liability. Specifically, while out on trial the horse does something to injure either the potential buyer, or a separate third party. In such a case, the first thing you should do to protect yourself is to require that the buyer sign a waiver, releasing the seller of all liability from the horse.
Selling a Horse in Texas?
If you are selling a horse in Texas – especially one to be shipped to a buyer in another state – you should take all measures necessary to ensure you have complied with state health documentation requirements. If a buyer wants to undo a sale and a lawsuit arises, he or she will go through all documents you provided with a fine-tooth comb and attempt to find every detail you missed or your vet might have overlooked.
Lack of Disclosure
Lawsuits over lack of disclosure are typically filed by a person who bought a horse that seemed healthy or well-behaved, but quickly falls ill, becomes ill, or aggressive after it is purchased. If the seller failed to disclose information about the horse’s health or behavior, the buyer may be able to file a lawsuit against the seller for fraud.
Why Hire a Texas Equine Lawyer?
Texas does not have a specific set of legal statutes that address the needs of the equine community. Instead the courts rely on a variety of statutes including contract law, tort law, and probate law. An attorney who is familiar with the needs of the horse community and is up-to-date on current equine law developments is able to better analyze equine breeding, buying, selling and management issues in a timely manner.
Lawsuits for Injuries to Horses
Horse owners can lose millions of dollars when an expensive horse is injured at a commercial equine facility, stable, car accidents, veterinarians, and more.
The Clark Firm, LLP files horse injury lawsuits on behalf of horse owners when a horse is injured due to the negligent actions of a business or individual. We have filed lawsuits where the horse was worth millions of dollars before it was injured.
Do I Have an Equine Lawsuit?
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