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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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46.

Fuck Celebrities    

Who twisted this a$Shole's arm to ride on Quaid's property?

577 days ago
47.

Susan62509    

Lester Wood is very lucky to be alive from all those injuries. A flawed trail design is not a good reason for a lawsuit. He's better off to sue the horse. !!!! lol

577 days ago
48.

exoticdoc2    

Your fault for riding a horse, dude. You voluntarily chose to climb up on a 900 pound bundle of nerves that will spook at butterflies, a shadow, the wind...or absolutely nothing. Don't try to blame someone else because your horse tried to kill you...they are prone to that.

577 days ago
49.

Toilethead    

Sounds like the guy is an amateur who doesn't know how to handle a horse. Screw 'im.

577 days ago
50.

Tracy    

What's the saying? No good deed goes unpunished? Unbelievable.

577 days ago
51.

jrcole    

sounds like he just wants to sue over his screw up,but denise 1st rule post no trespassing and DO NOT LET ANYONE ON YOUR LAND because you are liable.we tell all our neighbors and kids stay off our property we live in the country also and had to post our property and after catching kids on our land had to tell their parents 2x's to keep them on their own land.people are sue happy

577 days ago
52.

Bill Leslie    

what a loser. uses someone else's land, loses control of HIS own horse, and then sues. whiny azz punk loser.

577 days ago
53.

mike cesario    

Lester Wood is an idiot and the fact that he is allowed to file a lawsuit is just one more example of what is wrong with this country. No accountability for idiots and just not enough genetic screening going on.

577 days ago
54.

DaveT    

Always liked Dennis Quaid, nice guy, figures he'd be nice enough to give someone permission to cross his property, too bad the jerk turned around and sued him, what if he was riding somewhere else off the property and a rattlesnake startled the horse, would he sue the snake?

577 days ago
55.

lowens1975    

Why can't people accept responsibility for their own decisions and actions? Nobody forced this guy to ride a horse on that trail. And, he never should have chosen a horse so easily spooked.

577 days ago
56.

Danielle    

That's silly. Everyone knows that you ride a horse, (anytime, anywhere) at your own risk. Sprinklers, squirrels or just a crazy horse, it's the rider that assumes responsibility.

577 days ago
57.

EastCoastChopper    

Sue the guy that sold you that crazy horse! Ohh...he's a broke mexican? I got it!

577 days ago
58.

Steph    

This is why no one wants to help anyone or let them move across your property .. You can get sued ... People LOOK for this kind of nice guy... Little bit of money...LETS SUE!!!! ooooppppsss I triped....

577 days ago
59.

Bob    

Seems like a perfect example of why people shouldn't ride on horses (or any other animal). We have legs that can take us where we need to go. The only animals we should be riding are each other.

577 days ago
60.

Dobby    

Gee, that's what you get for being nice in California? I wouldn't let ANYONE on my property. People are so sue-happy it's disgusting. I even feel sorry for Lindsay Lohan today, and that's saying a lot.

577 days ago
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