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Dressage motor accident compensation

Car with damaged bumper after accident
14th May 2014
An Olympic hopeful whose dreams were crushed by a road crash is making a motor accident compensation claim against his former friend who he holds responsible for his sorry tale.

Sonnar Murray-Brown was only 20 when the accident happened in January 2009 and had been tipped as a possible dressage contender in the 2012 Games. However, the High Court writ that has been issued as he seeks accident compensation is now demanding unlimited damages from Lee Harris, who was driving at the time of the incident.

The writ accuses Mr Harris of driving too fast and failing to slow down before a head-on collision with an on-coming car, which left Sonnar, his passenger, with a shattered right thigh and knee, as well as serious injuries to his left thigh. As a result, one leg is now shorter than the other, there's extensive scarring and further operations will be needed in the future.

According to Sonnar, the accident has not only robbed him of the chance of riding in the Olympics, but it has also prevented him for becoming a trainer and breeder of horses too – something that would only have been possible if he had been a top level dressage rider in major competitions.

The writ is claiming a minimum of £300,000 in damages, but the true amount could be much greater, as it would need to cover the remaining 40-plus years of Sonnar's working life. Mr Harris has already been convicted of driving without due care and attention, something that could work in the claimant's favour when he makes his motor accident compensation claim.

This story comes after we brought you the news of a young horserider who hoped to serve in the army's historic royal horse artillery unit until she slipped on a wet school floor, causing her to suffer ligament damage. Although an initial accident compensation claim was dismissed, her lawyer is keen to take the matter to the Court of Appeal.

If you have suffered an injury that isn't your fault and your future plans have had to alter because of them, you could be eligible to make an accident compensation claim, which could provide you with the earnings you may have otherwise achieved over the course of your career as well as financial restitution for your pain and suffering.

Reported by Fiona Campbell