Welcomes Court Ruling On Mare's Value After Accident
Essex Insurance Brokers managing director Barry Fehler has today
welcomed a ruling by a Gloucester County Court judge which has
awarded damages for the psychological damage a horse suffered
in a road accident.
Paul Singleton accepted evidence that a six-year-old mare, which
was being trained for showjumping and dressage, had lost value
after a car collided with her on the road. Now, he was told, the
horse could cope with quiet country lanes but had problems with
busier roads. Her value had dropped from between £3,250
and £2,750 to about £2,200.
ruling serves as a warning to drivers, but also enforces advice
giving to owners insuring their horses that they should look closely
at options which give them access to legal advice and help,"
said Mr Fehler.
many riders have been in a similar situations after a road accident,
but have not had the resources to pursue the driver through the
about 55 per cent of South Essex clients take up the option of
buying into a scheme which gives them a 24-hour helpline providing
advice and assistance with legal costs. It is an opportunity pioneered
by the company, where for a premium as low as £12, they
also get 24-hour access to emergency veterinary help.