A safari park owned by a celebrity and her husband was the site of a young child’s serious injuries recently, leading to health and safety breach prosecutions and a possible personal injury compensation claim for the young boy’s injuries, accident claim experts recently reported.
The Manor House Wildlife Park, owned by Anna Ryder Richardson, the former ‘Changing Rooms’ presenter, and Colin MacDougall, her husband, was the site of an accident that led to serious head injuries being sustained by Gruff Davies-Huges, a three year old boy, who had been on a family day out with his mother Emma. Upon visiting the wallaby enclosure at the St Florence safari park, a nearby tree collapsed on Gruff and his mother due to high winds, with the toddler needing to be rushed to the intensive care ward of Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales.
Personal injury claims experts say that little Gruff was not the only one to suffer serious injuries in the incident. His mother Emma was also struck on the head by falling debris, and sustained fractures to her pelvis, leg, and arm as well.
Following the incident, Pembrokeshire County Council conducted an investigation into the injuries sustained by the mother and son. Based on the investigation’s discoveries, charges of health and safety regulation breaches are to be leveled at the Manor House, Anna Ryder Richardson, and Colin MacDougall, who are listed as company director and company secretary respectively. Anna, forty eight years old, had been present at the park when the incident occurred, has reportedly been ‘devastated’ by the injuries suffered by Emma and Gruff.