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Dennis Quaid

Sued Over Near-Fatal

Horse Accident

9/19/2012 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A horseback rider claims he was nearly killed while riding a horse on Dennis Quaid's equestrian estate, and he's suing the actor over his life-threatening injuries.

70-year-old Lester Wood claims Quaid gave him permission to use a trail on the actor's property to ride a horse to a nearby park in the exclusive Pacific Palisades area of L.A.

Wood said in an interview with the Palisadian-Post newspaper, the sprinkler system next to Quaid's trail suddenly activated, spooking the horse which reared up and fell on top of him.

Next thing Wood knew he was in critical condition at a nearby hospital with a concussion, fractured scapula, torn aorta, multiple pulmonary emboli, broken ribs, a nicked liver, a tear in his bladder, fractured lumbar discs, a shattered pelvis, internal bleeding, and a torn miniscus in his knee.

Wood says he was not wearing a helmet and was looking down at his watch at the time of the accident.

0918_lester_horse_2All told, Wood says the accident cost nearly $500,000 in medical bills -- and he blames Quaid -- who no longer owns the estate -- for what he believes is a flawed trail design.

We contacted Quaid's rep for a reaction to the lawsuit.  So far, no response.

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31.

verlinda    

Stick to riding your LIl Rascal Grandpa

661 days ago
32.

Kelli    

Is this in CA? In Texas, if you have no-liability signs on your property, you cannot be held lialble. Period. Was the rider not made to sign a release form before riding? You can't ride Anywhere around here without a release form. That's just standard. And sorry - only an idiot riders without a helmet.

661 days ago
33.

Spicy mag    

Old geezer should've stayed home. Instead he got pulverized by Christopher reeves horse. Happy trails Hanz.

661 days ago
34.

devilgirl    

So Quaid was nice enough to let the man ride on his estate to in order to get to a park, and this is what he gets, sued, because some dumb ass isn't able to control his horse.

661 days ago
35.

YouDontSay    

Wow he does you a kind gesture of allowing you access to the trail..I am floored.

661 days ago
36.

CC    

And we wonder why property owners shy away from allowing others on their property? Just another case of a person who is unable to take responsibility for their own actions. Lester, you deserve zero, nada, ziltch. My only hope is Lester ends up with $500,000 in legal fees to tack onto his medical bills.....

661 days ago
37.

lucy    

so much for giving him permission.... no good deed what a shame.

661 days ago
38.

Mary Reed    

would this man sue God if a clap of thunder startled the horse ...stupid stupid claim think its about time this old cowboy stopped riding

661 days ago
39.

peoplearesilly    

People are ridiculous, as are the lawyers that represent this nonsense.

661 days ago
40.

FlamingoNut    

Too much missing from this story.
When did the accident happen?
When did Quaid sell the property?
Was he still the owner when the accident happened?
Did Quaid really give him permission?
Still, I don't think it should be Quaid's responsibility.

661 days ago
41.

PJ    

Quaid's insurance company will settle out of court and we will all pay more for our insurance as a result. That's the way America works. No one takes responsibility for their own actions anymore.

661 days ago
42.

scoopie    

Horses get spooked; can't blame a person for something unforseen.

661 days ago
43.

tessa    

how's about staying off private property (important note to anyone approached by this guy! Say NO!! to his request to step onto your property), how's about personal responsibility, how's about recognizing that riding a horse might be dangerous?

661 days ago
44.

Pet peeves    

Yeah, sue that bastard! I have a sign in my front yard that reads "LOOK OUT MY SPRIKLERS MAY COME ON AT ANY TIME AND CAUSE A DUMBASS HORSE TO REAR UP AND THROW AN EQUALLY DUMBASS RIDER OFF".

What the hell is this country coming to, here I am reading TMZ, I'm a dumbass.

661 days ago
45.

tori    

he is suing someone who doesnt own the land? Hopefully Quaid gets the money he pays for an attorney to fight this frivolous lawsuit. Sorry you were hurt , but buy your own land to ride on then. with no sprinklers.

661 days ago
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