Compensation is being sought by a woman who required extensive facial surgery after she was stamped on by a horse.
Kara Goldsmith had to undergo more than 20 operations to rebuild her face after one side of this area of her body was left shattered following an incident in March 2008.
She also required specialist treatment at Sunderland Royal Hospital - an institution managed by the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust - to help her rehabilitation.
Ms Goldsmith took the horse on a ride as she intended to purchase it from businessman and owner Barry Patchcott when the animal reared up without warning and threw her to the ground.
The horse then stamped on her face as she lay on the ground and Ms Goldsmith is taking legal action against Mr Patchcott as she claims he failed to warn her that the creature was difficult to control.
She told Journal Live: "I have come a long way but I still have a long way to go. I have had nearly 30 operations and will need more in the future."
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Posted by Francesca Witney