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Woman fights for £300k in compensation following elephant attack

Posted in: Accidents and Sickness Abroad Animal Attacks 

One of the country’s top lawyers is to receive £300,000 in personal injury compensation after she was attacked by a rampaging elephant while on safari in Africa. She has sued the safari firm and her guide following the accident. Caroline Pratte suffered multiple fractures and abdominal wounds in the attack that happened on an exclusive holiday in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia in October 2010.

Ms Pratte’s partner Andrew Ness has also claimed for ‘psychological injury’ after witnessing the attack, despite the fact that he was not physically injured. The couple is suing the British Safari guide Samuel Grace: also the lodge’s general manager and safari leader.

£400 per night

Lion Camp Lodge is a luxury retreat that lies in Zambia’s second largest national park, providing a top-class safari experience for up to eighteen guests. Each guest pays up to £400 per night to stay in the high-end accommodation.

The couple’s lawyers say that Lion Camp are “directly liable for the injuries loss and damage they sustained by reason of their own breaches of duty in relation to their safety or are vicariously liable for the acts and omissions of Mr Grace.”

The guide Samuel Grace was born in the UK but grew up in South Africa, before returning to the UK to study Geography at the University of Wales. He now works for a UK-based international safari company.

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