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Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

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It has been reported that lawyers who represent a farm at the centre of an E. coli outbreak which occurred during the summer of 2009 have admitted liability and agreed pay to compensation to victims of the outbreak who have suffered injury and loss. The compensation awarded to all the individuals involved could potentially amount to millions of pounds.

In total 93 people were infected during the E. coli outbreak. Many of those injured were children. Approximately 76 children under the age of 10 became ill. A number of those children infected required hospital treatment. Some of the children infected suffered serious complications such as kidney failure and spent weeks in hospital. The long-term effects of the infection on the children who suffered serious symptoms such as kidney failure are not yet known. I sincerely hope that the children affected receive the compensation they deserve and I am happy to see that the insurers of the farm have recognised the farms liability and agreed to pay compensation to the victims.

An independent inquiry into the out break of E coli found unacceptable delays by the Health Protection Agency in setting up an outbreak control team.  The farm involved was allowed to remain open even though officials already knew that there had been cases of the bug in people who had visited the farm. 

E. coli is a common bacteria which can be found everywhere in the environment. There are a number of different strains of E. coli bacteria and some strains can be very dangerous to children and the elderly. Good hygiene is recommended as the main way in which to prevent infection.

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