Mr J was walking with his brother-in-law and his brother-in-law’s dog when the dog suddenly spotted a fox and bolted. His brother-in-law didn’t have a proper grip of the lead and the lead became entangled in Mr J’s legs, pulling him over. He hit the ground hard breaking his knee. Mr J was a driver by trade and was unable to work as a result. Liability was denied throughout on the basis that what happened couldn’t have been predicated and the accident was unforeseeable. Slee Blackwell successfully argued that the King Charles Spaniel breed of dog was bred for hunting and it therefore should have been known that this dog would bolt after a fox. The claim was settled and Mr J was compensated for his injuries.
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