The last thing you would expect if you went out for a walk would be to trip over a dog lead. After all, the majority of responsible dog owners keep their dogs on a short lead when walking them. The exception might be over a park or some other similar place, but even then they have a responsibility to pay attention to who is around them. Dog lead injuries are more likely to occur when extendable leads are in use.
Dog lead injuries are more likely to happen with extendable leads because it can be very difficult to see them. You might assume the dog is off the lead because you cannot see the thin lead attached to them. If the lead is across a path and you are walking or jogging along, you might end up tripping or falling as a result.
How common are dog lead injuries of this type?
Thankfully these injuries are rare, mostly because the majority of dog owners are responsible and have good control over their dogs. They also ensure they take every step to make sure everyone else around them is safe too, and that the lead is not extended when anyone else is nearby.
If an accident does occur, the individual who has been injured can contact a company such as Accident Advice Helpline. In these situations it is a good idea to make sure you have access to the facts of the case as you know them. Witnesses might also provide more information that could help.
How serious might injuries be that are caused by a dog lead?
In some situations people might be injured purely because they are tripped up by a dog lead. If there is no time to save themselves they might hit their head on the way down or on the path when they fall. If they can put their hands out, hand injuries are perhaps the most common injury to suffer.
Accident Advice Helpline is always here to consider the evidence surrounding an accident of this nature. If you have suffered injuries when tripping over a dog lead within the last three years, you may wish to call us on 0800 689 0500. This will give you an opportunity to speak to an experienced advisor. They might be able to help you with a no win, no fee* claim for compensation.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen