Zoo accident could lead to compensation award

Zoo accident could lead to compensation award 2492

Serious injuries suffered by a toddler and his mother during an accident in a public place could lead to a claim for compensation.

Emma Hughes-Davies - a 28-year-old teacher - and her three-year-old son Gruff were crushed by a falling branch while they visited the Manor House Wildlife Park in Tenby, Wales, in August 2010.

The child had to spend two weeks in intensive care due to the severity of his head injury, while his mother also hurt her head, as well as her leg, arm and pelvis.

Ms Hughes-Davies and her child were in the wallaby enclosure at the zoo - which is owned by former television presenter Anna Ryder Richardson - when a heavy branch fell from a tree due to strong winds and struck them.

The woman has now made a complete recovery but Gruff needs ongoing treatment and Pembrokeshire council has confirmed it will be prosecuting the park for breaches of health and safety regulations.

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21/03/2012 16:52