Have you ever been tripped over by a dog lead? This can potentially happen if you are walking along and you come across a dog owner who has a dog on an extendable lead. In this situation the lead can be very thin and you may not realise it is even there. You might think the dog is off the lead and walk or run or even cycle right through it.
These leads are made to be strong even though they are very thin. As such it is very easy to be tripped over by a dog lead or even hurt if you fall off your bike. Compensation claims can be contested if there is evidence of negligence on behalf of the dog owner. For example it could be proven they were not attentive to the other people in the area.
How could you be hurt in this situation?
A lot would depend on where the lead was and how the incident occurred. For example if you tripped over it, not realising it was there, you may have little time to try and break your fall. You might potentially suffer cuts and bruises and perhaps even sprains or broken bones depending on the severity of your fall.
In every case it would be important to work out what happened and to see whether there were any witnesses to support your story. These elements all help to support a case seeking compensation if this turns out to be a possibility. Working out whether the dog owner was to blame is an important part of assessing the situation from a legal point of view.
Have you been tripped by a dog lead?
This accident is easy to prevent if the dog owner is aware of who else is nearby. They should not let the lead extend over a path where someone else might approach and they may not see the lead. An accident that occurs where someone trips over a lead can potentially result in some nasty injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide no-obligation advice if this has happened to you within the last three years. If you call us today, free of charge, on 0800 689 0500 you can find out whether your injuries might warrant making a no win, no fee* claim to seek compensation. Get the answers you want now.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen