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Premise Liability/Negligent Security
Generally, an equine activity sponsor, professional, or person, including a corporation or partnership, will not be liable for an injury or death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities. Florida law, however, allows for five exceptions to this general rule. Under any of these exceptions the equine sponsor, professional, or person will be liable if they:
- provide the equipment or tack, and knew or should have known that the equipment or tack was faulty, and it was so faulty as to be totally or partially responsible for the injury;
- provide the equine and failed to make reasonable and prudent efforts to determine the ability of the participant to engage safely in the equine activity, or to determine the ability of the participant to safely manage the particular equine based on the participant’s representation of his or her ability;
- own, lease, rent, has authorized use of, or is otherwise in lawful possession and control of the land or facilities upon which the participant was injured, and the injury was due totally or in part, to a dangerous latent condition which was known to the equine activity sponsor, equine professional, or person and failed to post warning signs;
- commit an act or omission that a reasonably prudent person would not have done or omitted under the same or similar circumstances or that constitutes willful or wanton disregard for the safety of the participant, which act or omission was a proximate cause of the injury; or
- intentionally injures the participant.
Compensation may be available to you if your injuries are a result of at least one of the five exceptions permitted under Florida law. Contact me to review your legal options.