Andria Terrill, a jockey who sustained serious injuries when racing a horse at Suffolk Downs in 2013, is suing the East Boston track. She got hurt when the 3-year-old horse she was riding stumbled as it was heading out of the gate.
According to the Boston Globe, Terrill, then 30, fell off, losing consciousness and landing on the track. She sustained multiple fractures to her skull. According to her Massachusetts injury lawsuit, she continues to suffer balance issues, headaches, dizziness, problems with focusing and concentrating, and emotional instability. Now, she claims, that she won’t be able to race again.
Terrill is blaming Suffolk Downs contending that racing officials did not enforce Massachusetts’s safety helmet standard for jockeys. Because of this, she says that she did not wear the type of helmet that would have protected her from her injuries. She wants the racetrack to pay her $1.3 million for her Boston personal injuries, including loss of earnings.
Terrill’s Boston injury lawyer says that not only was his client told that helmet she was using complied with the state’s helmet requirement but also the headgear had been inspected.
Depending on the state where you were injured, as a professional jockey, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Regardless, there may be other parties that played a role in allowing or causing your work injuries or deaths to happen that you can sue for damages.
At Altman & Altman, LLP, our Boston workers’ compensation lawyers and Massachusetts personal injury attorneys work with individuals that were injured while doing their job. In addition to work injury benefits, you could be able to file a third party lawsuit against other negligent parties.
For example, property and venue owners are responsible for making sure patrons, visitors, and participants are protected from hazardous situations or unsafe environments. The same can be said for event managers and organizers. An injured professional may be able to pursue Massachusetts premises liability or personal injury damages from such parties.
Jockey sues Suffolk Downs, alleging lax helmet policy, The Boston Globe, December 28, 2014
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