Boy givEn sEt­tlE­mEnt Af­tEr BrEAk­ing lEg

Five-fig­ure sum agreed af­ter pho­tog­ra­pher in­jured school­boy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A six-year-old boy who frac­tured his leg af­ter a ho­tel pho­tog­ra­pher fell on top of him has re­ceived a five-fig­ure set­tle­ment from tour op­er­a­tor Thomas Cook.

The young­ster from Peterborough, was on a two-week trip with his par­ents and eight-year-old brother and 14-year-old sis­ter, to the Blue Bay Plat­inum Ho­tel in Tur­key when the bizarre in­ci­dent oc­curred.

The fam­ily in­structed ex- pert in­ter­na­tional per­sonal in­jury lawyers at Ir­win Mitchell to in­ves­ti­gate af­ter the boy’s in­jury left him need­ing a wheel­chair for four months, and un­able to re­turn to school for two months.

The young­ster was walk­ing to­wards the main ho­tel build­ing with his sib­lings on May 25, 2013 when a pho­tog­ra­pher em­ployed by the ho­tel picked him up and ran to­wards the pool. The pho­tog­ra­pher slipped and the pair fell to the floor, with the man land­ing on the boy’s leg.

An am­bu­lance was called and the boy was taken to hospi­tal in Mar­maris where he un­der­went surgery, leav­ing his leg in plas­ter up to his waist.

The boy’s mother said: “Thekids were­walk­ing ahead of us to­wards the main build­ing of the ho­tel, so the first thing we knew of what hap­pened was scream­ing. It sent a shiver right through me, it was hor­ri­fy­ing.

“When we got to him he was­cle­arly in agony. Heasked me if he was go­ing to die.

“To see him in such dis­tress was dev­as­tat­ing for us all and I hate to think that it could hap­pen to any­one else.

“We hope that Thomas Cook has learned lessons from this and that safety and staff train­ing has im­proved at the ho­tel.”

Gurpin­der Chana, ex­pert in­ter­na­tional per­sonal in­jury lawyer at Ir­win Mitchell, rep­re­sent­ing the boy, said: “His ex­pe­ri­ence has beenalot for a boy of his age to cope with and it is per­haps un­sur­pris­ing that he was ner­vous of re­turn­ing to foot­ball and run­ning – two things he loved be­fore his in­jury.”

A spokesman for Thomas Cook said :“We were re­ally sorry to hear about this sad and un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent and the im­pact it has had on the boy since.”

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