Horse Jumping Event Leads To Brain Injury Of 4-Year-Old Girl
A lawsuit has been filed against three entities after a 4-year-old girl sustained a traumatic brain injury when a horse fell on top of her. The girl is now permanently deaf as a result of the injury. Among the named defendants are the horse’s rider, a school that provided the grounds for the event, and the organizer of the event.
The plaintiffs allege that during the competition, the horse came within a short distance of the child. The rider failed to maintain control of the horse, causing the horse to capsize and fall onto the girl. The child suffered a fractured skull, permanent deafness in one ear, facial nerve paralysis, a lung contusion, and traumatic brain injury. Their damages are estimated at somewhere between $800,000 and $1 million.
In a case like this, the main squabble between the parties is not over who was responsible for the accident, but the extent of the plaintiff’s damages. In a case like this, it becomes very difficult for the defense to build any reputable counter-arguments to the charges. The rider should have been able to control the horse properly and their failure to do so resulted in permanent injury. Nonetheless, the matter hangs in limbo as the plaintiff fights for the maximum recovery.
This case is interesting because the statutory maximum for damages in the court where the lawsuit was filed is $750,000. The plaintiffs moved to have the case transferred to another court with a higher statutory maximum. The defendants attempted to block this move arguing that the girl’s injuries were not substantial enough to warrant a more than $500,000 settlement. The court granted the plaintiff’s motion to move the case to another court where they would be able to recover more than the statutory maximum.
Why? Well, essentially, the girl has suffered a permanent disability: Deafness. This deafness will make it more difficult for her to engage in social activities and learn in a classroom environment. She will thus need special education services to move forward. While her doctors say she is recovering from the cognitive problems she faced in the wake of the accident, there are still psychological factors at play. Plus, the girl will never have the use of one of her ears again.
The defense benefits by minimizing the impact of the accident on the girl’s future. The plaintiff benefits by maximizing the impact of the plaintiff’s injuries.
The five masks of the liar
There are five arguments made in sequence that generally tell you everything you need to know about someone’s perspective. First, they deny the allegation. When that doesn’t work, then, they justify the conduct. Then when that doesn’t work, they equivocate on the accusations or blame someone else. Then when that doesn’t work, they minimize the damage their conduct caused. When that doesn’t work, they beg for sympathy. You can see this play out in almost every trial you’ll find. Lawyers need to peel back these masks to ensure that the first four don’t work. Once the fifth mask is peeled back, you begin the accountability phase.
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