The family of a six year old girl who contracted e.coli have won a share of £1 million in compensation from the farm responsible for the outbreak. During a visit to Godstone Farm, a total of 76 children fell ill with the bacterial infection, ten of which were seriously affected by the outbreak. One of these children was six year old Claudia who suffered acute kidney failure and spent three weeks in critical condition causing her family to take action. Claudia will now have to be monitored in the future to ensure that there are no complications due to the severe infection. The children who fell ill were reportedly able to enter enclosures and interact with various animals at the farm but were not given adequate provisions to clean up afterwards. Due to the strain of E.coli involved, hand sanitisers at the farm were not able to kill off the bacteria resulting in one of the worst outbreaks of E.coli Britain has ever seen. The family pursued compensation and shared a £1 million payout with the nine other families who were severely affected. The farm was held solely liable for the outbreak of infection due to the inadequate provisions for cleaning.
Claiming injury compensation
Injury and accident compensation covers a variety of situations including cases similar to the E.coli outbreak. Illnesses can also be claimed for due to the distress and serious complications that can occur as a result of negligence. Infections may come from any source including:
- Restaurants, cafés and anywhere serving food or drinks
- Farms or zoos with opportunities to interact with animals
If you or a family member has suffered from an illness due to someone else’s negligence, then you could also be entitled to compensation. A personal injury law firm like Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with your claim.
How to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
If you have contracted e.coli or a similar food or water-borne infection, you may be entitled to compensation like this family. Should you have evidence of negligence on the part of a third party then you can give Accident Advice Helpline a call to speak to an advisor about your case. The number is open 24/7 and is free to call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. We operate under a ‘no win, no fee**’ policy so you won’t have to worry about using your own cash to pursue your accident or injury claim.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown