FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA

Crime-courts

Horse attack suit set for review

By From page A3 | May 29, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The lawsuit filed by an Access Adventure volunteer who says she was injured in a horse attack returns June 27 for a case management conference in Solano County Superior Court.

Claudette Ramirez said she was directed to feed a young horse in a pen and given no warning or instructions. The mother of the horse was in the same pen and kicked Ramirez in the arm and face, the suit adds.

Medical costs for Ramirez are more than $72,000, according to the suit.

The policy for Fairfield-based Access Adventure, which uses wheelchair-accessible horse-drawn carriages to provide recreation for people with disabilities, requires any volunteer to be trained and evaluated before working with horses, states the lawsuit, filed in August 2013.

No training or evaluation was provided before the Aug. 8, 2011, incident, according to the lawsuit.

Michael Muir, director of therapeutic driving for Access Adventure, said Wednesday he could not comment on the case in litigation. He said the corporate status for Access Adventure has been reinstated after an issue arose about how it filed taxes.

The group files its taxes every year, Muir said.

An insurance company said in a court document that Access Adventure is a suspended corporation, barred from appearing on the lawsuit, but Muir said that issue has been resolved.

The California Secretary of State website lists Access Adventure as an active corporation.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy

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