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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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106.

Mrugowsky    

Horses are awesome but moneygrubbers aren't. Dude obviously had little or no experience and riding isn't as easy as it looks on t.v.

435 days ago
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MilanZ    

This is the reason so many trails are closed and being closed. Every ignorant idiot who shouldn't be on a horse in the first place can't wait to sue when something happens, which is always a possibility when riding a horse.
Courtney King, an Olympic rider, is now the first to tell you to always wear a helmet. She was brain-injured just riding from barn to arena by her horse spooking at something by chance. She wasn't wearing a helmet, now she does, and advocates for it.
If he couldn't handle being on a horse at age 70 he should have stayed home.

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