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Liability Admitted in Turkish Holiday Child Injury Claim

May 8, 2017

Liability has been admitted in a Turkish holiday child injury claim, made on behalf of a six-year-old boy who suffered brain damage when a speaker fell on him.

In June 2014, the Burch family from Gillingham in Kent stayed at the five-star Yasmin Resort in Turgutreis near Bodrum after booking their holiday through Thompson. While the family lounged by the pool, a speaker fell from the roof of the resort building and landed on the head of Stanley Burch – who was just three years of age at the time.

Stanley´s parents – Mitchell and Amy – feared that their son had died due to him lying on the sun lounger motionless. However, another guest at the resort identified himself as a doctor and rushed the young boy to the nearby Bodrum Hospital. At the hospital, Stanley was diagnosed as having suffered an epidural haematoma and he underwent surgery for three hours to drain the excess blood from his brain.

Despite having twenty staples holding his skull together, Stanley was able to fly home with his family two weeks later. He underwent further treatment at Kings College Hospital in London, but doctors fear that scar tissue on the right side of Stanley´s brain will result in brain damage and affect his future development.

After seeking legal advice, Mitchell and Amy made a Turkish holiday child injury claim against Thomson. Following an investigation into how the speaker could have fallen from the roof on the resort, the company admitted liability for Stanley´s injuries. However, as it is too early to know what the long-term effects of the accident will be, no final settlement of compensation has been agreed.

Speaking to his local newspaper, Stanley´s father said: “He is happy and doing well, and we are lucky he is alive. But no-one knows for sure if he will develop 100 percent as he should have. It is very stressful thinking how what happened on that day could still change his life now. We can’t get that day out of our heads, we really thought he was dead.”

Commenting on the Turkish holiday child injury claim, a spokesperson from Thomson said: “Our resort team offered every possible support and assistance at the time of and in the aftermath of the incident, conducting a full investigation to understand what happened. Our Welfare Team based in the UK are also in direct contact with the customers and continue to offer the necessary support.”