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Darts accident led to boy sustaining eyeball injury

13th December 2013

It is understood that the boy, then five-years-old, was playing darts as part of a hotel-organised activity when another child threw a dart, which then pierced his eyeball.

High Court proceedings seeking compensation for injury have been issued in London against the hotel and tour operator.

The family’s specialist holiday accident solicitor stated, “On April 11, 2008, [the boy] was playing in a game of darts at the hotel organised by the animation team. Approximately 12 children were involved in the game. One, or a maximum of two, of the animation team were supervising.

“The dartboard had been placed against a tree. The children took it in turns to throw darts at the board. One participant whose name is unknown took his turn. When he had finished he went to retrieve the darts. [The boy] was then called up by a member of the animation team to take his turn.

“As he waited the other child threw a dart towards him, which hit him in the left eye.”

It is alleged that the hotel failed to provide adequate supervision and instruction and that it is therefore liable for the expenses, losses, as well as pain and injury incurred by the boy and his family. It is also argued that the eleven-year-old’s employment prospects have been adversely affected by the accident.

The compensation claim resulting from the hotel injury is thought to be valued at more than £50,000.

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