A woman filed a negligence/premises liability lawsuit against a Los Feliz horse riding club Friday, alleging she was injured after being thrown from one of the animals after an employee’s truck backfired.
Jenna Tatoulian, 21, of San Marino, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the Paddock Riding Club and several of its employees. She’s seeking unspecified damages.
A representative for the club did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
According to the lawsuit, Tatoulian went to the riding club on Rigali Avenue on Sept. 1, 2014, for a session with her trainer, Brenda Chalk.
Tatoulian says she was riding a horse when the animal became frightened after a water truck driven by employee Javier Del Angel backfired, causing the animal to break into a gallop.
Tatoulian was thrown off the horse and suffered multiple fractures in her pelvis and tailbone, according to the lawsuit, which names Chalk and Del Angel as defendants.
The club employees knew that sudden noises could scare a horse and cause it to gallop, according to the lawsuit, which further alleges that Del Angel was unfit for his job and should not have been hired.
— City News Service