Farm likely to face compensation claims after accepting E coli responsibility

Nearly 100 people are likely to be eligible for personal injury compensation settlements after a farm admitted liability for their contraction of E coli.

Godstone Farm in Surrey has accepted responsibility for incidents in which 93 visitors were infected with a potentially lethal strain of the virus - which can cause conditions such as gastroenteritis - following trips there in the summer of 2009.

Some 76 of the affected people were under the age of ten and it has been found that despite the fact that the organisation first learned of the presence of E coli there in August of that year, the farm did not close to visitors until four weeks after this date.

In addition, several of the children suffered kidney failure due to the virus and subsequently spent weeks needing medical attention in hospital.

Tracy Mock, mother of twins who were affected, commented: "As a family we have suffered significant pain and distress and may still not know for many years to come the long-term consequences for the twins' health."

Posted by Craig Williams

13/01/2011 16:50