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Holiday park likely to face claim

A 12-year-old girl is likely to proceed with a no win, no fee claim for holiday accident compensation following the prosecution of the holiday park responsible for causing her injuries.

An investigation and prosecution by North Somerset Council concluded this week with the holiday park being fined £40,000 for serious health and safety breaches.

The holiday accident occurred in May 2009 when the girl fell head-first through a glass door, sustaining serious cuts and bruises to her face, for which she has needed frequent hospital treatment, including plastic surgery.

The holiday park's director pleaded guilty to four breaches of health and safety regulations. It was heard that he bought the glass doors from a reclamation yard and did nothing to ensure that they were made from a suitable safety glass, such as laminated or toughened.

It was also found that the director had received no health and safety training and had ignored a 2008 warning that he must implement risk assessments.

On hearing the case, the chairman of the magistrates commented on the failure to carry out risk assessments. "He should have done so straight away," he said, "and certainly after he was warned in June 2008 and did nothing that we can see until the unfortunate events of May 2009."

Furthermore, he commented that the defendant should have known about the glass and the likelihood of it causing damage should it be broken.

It is now likely that a holiday accident claim for 100% compensation will follow.


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