Negligent Dog Walker Compensation Settled

December 11th, 2015 | By injuryclaims

A claim for injuries compensation made by a cyclist was was injured after a dog’s leash got caught in the wheels of his bicycle has settled his claim against the dog’s walker. 

When Anthony Steele, aged fifty-nine, was cycling along the seafront promenade in Heysham, Lancashire in August 2012, he was training for coast-to-coast event. However, when he was cycling, he was obstructed by a group of people standing in the centre of the path. He rang his bell with the intention of warning the group of his imminent approach. 

Anthony cycled around the group, but as he was doing this, a dog emerged from the people and ran out in front of his bicycle. The dog’s leash caught in the spokes of the bicycle’s wheel, causing the bike to stall and throw Anthony forward. The force with which Anthony hit the ground rendered him unconscious, and he was rushed to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for treatment. He was treated for major fractures to his skull, as well as fractures to his ribs and clavicle. 

The injuries meant that Anthony had to take a week’s sick leave from work. He also had to attend  neuropsychotherapeutic and cognitive rehabilitation. The hearing in his right ear was permanently lost, and he suffers from chronic pain in his shoulder. Additionally, he endures bouts of dizziness, repetitive headaches and balance problems. 

Three years after the accident occurred, Anthony eventually found the woman who was responsible for the dog that caused the accident. After seeking legal counsel, Anthony made a claim for compensation, alleging that the woman did not know how to adequately control the dog. 

Initially, liability was denied by the dog’s walker, though when the case was due to be heard in Manchester County Court, an out-of-court settlement of £65,000 was negotiated. 

Anthony commented, after the announcement of the settlement, that “All I wanted out of this was to get the financial support I needed for my rehabilitation and to raise awareness of how dangerous retractable dog leads can be, especially if people don’t know what they’re doing with them. I can’t quite believe that all of this has been caused by someone who could not control their dog or be aware of their surroundings.”

Categories: Cycling Claims, Personal Injury Claims

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