An outbreak of E.coli 0157, which resulted in young twins suffering acute kidney failure, is set to result in substantial personal injury compensation payouts.
The outbreak occurred at Godstone Farm, an open farm in Surrey, in August 2009. 93 people became ill, 76 of them being children under the age of 10.
The E.coli strain 0157 is particularly dangerous to children under the age of 5 and elderly people. Discovered in 1975, it is carried by farm animals and is hard to detect because it does not cause them illness.
Personal injury solicitors launched legal proceedings last June on behalf of 27 of the affected children, including the twins.
Initially the farm defended the personal injury claim against it even though the Health Protection Agency produced a report detailing numerous ways in which the farm were negligent in its handling of the outbreak .
However this week, personal injury lawyers announced that the farm is no longer contesting liability and could now have to pay the families millions in compensation.
The twins were just two years old at the time of the incident. They spent several weeks in hospital after suffering acute renal failure and could need dialysis or kidney transplants in the future. They, and the other affected children, now have compromised kidney functioning and the long-term implications of this will only become known as the children get older.
The families live in the constant worry that their children will develop life threatening complications in later life and the compensation payouts will ensure financial support is available to deal with any health problems that may arise.