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August 1st 2014

Accidents in Public Places

Families to be compensated after sickness outbreak at East Park pool

Families to be compensated after sickness outbreak at East Park pool

Families who suffered from sickness and diarrhoea after paddling in the visitor pool at Hull’s East Park have been told they will receive compensation for their illnesses As reported in today’s Hull Daily Mail, Hudgell Solicitors are representing five children, aged between one and nine, and three adults, as part of a group action.

Families who suffered from sickness and diarrhoea after paddling in the visitor pool at Hull’s East Park have been told they will receive compensation for their illnesses

As reported in today’s Hull Daily Mail, Hudgell Solicitors are representing five children, aged between one and nine, and three adults, as part of a group action.

They were taken sufficiently ill with cryptosporidium after paddling in the water play park last summer that insurers acting on behalf of Hull City Council have indicated a willingness to compensate them.

Cryptosporidium can be passed on through animal-to-human or human-to-human contact, and people can also be infected by consuming contaminated water or food, or swimming in contaminated water.

Now, almost a year to the date of the contraction of the illnesses, representatives for the local authority have our team of expert solicitors to enter negotiations for clients to be compensated.

Parent Lyndsey Holmes, 26, of east Hull, had taken her two sons, four-year-old Finley and one-year-old Sidney, to the water play park during the period under question last year.

She said they both suffering from the bug soon afterwards – and for the next three weeks – ruining their summer holidays.

“My sons were being sick for just over three weeks and it spoilt the summer for them,” she said.

“They started with vomiting and it was constant, five or six times a day. It wasn’t healthy at all. I took them to the doctors but they said there wasn’t anything they could give them for it, only rehydration sachets.”

“I’m happy that something is being done about it now because I don’t think they realised how serious it was at the time. It’s a shame because it’s our local park and the kids love going there. They still ask to go now.”

Claire Fletcher, legal assistant at Neil Hudgell Solicitors, hopes the matter will lead to lessons being learned at the facility, and others across the region.

She said: “The basic facts of this case are that many families attended a very popular facility in the height of summer and ended up seeing their children taken ill as a result.

“We are glad to see the sensible decision has now been taken to compensate those who suffered and we hope that any issues identified in the investigation conducted by Public Health England are addressed to ensure there is not a repeat of this incident this summer, or in future years.”

For all cases involving children, a district judge must approve agreed compensation awards after considering medical records, and the length and severity of illness suffered in each individual case.

The decision to compensate families follows an investigation by Public Heath England into the matter, which saw a total of 18 people reporting having suffered the symptoms of the condition after visiting the park in Holderness Road.

The paddling pool was closed following the outbreak of the bug, which can cause stomach pain, vomiting and fever.

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