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Leisure show accident lands three children in hospital

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Towards the end of May, five children were injured in an incident at a Kent leisure show. Strong winds caught an inflatable slide which came loose, causing it to topple over.
Three of the children were taken to hospital and the other two were treated by paramedics at the scene for shock and minor injuries.
A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said of the three children taken to hospital that one was a three-year-old child suffering bleeding to the back of the head, and another was a 10-year-old boy suffering back pain.
One onlooker said a number of children were on the slide when it tipped and commented that they fell onto a climbing wall with metal protrusions which was next to the slide.
The local Council and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the incident.
Parents could pursue injury claims
Whoever is found responsible for the Kent leisure show incident could face a claim by the parents of the injured children. Trauma will be considered as well as the physical injuries suffered. It is not clear how extensive were the head injuries endured by the three year old or how serious the back problem of the ten year old was. Any award, or settlement, would be based on whether a full recovery is anticipated but if ongoing problems are expected to ensue, and they call for continuous treatment, it could be another story.
At Stephensons we have specialist child accident claims lawyers with specific experience in pursuing local authorities or private organisations for compensation awards. Often we’ll achieve a settlement without the need to go to court. If your child has suffered an accident in a public place, call us on 0844 245 6601.
By personal injury solicitor and Stephensons’ Partner, Kate Sweeney