North Rhine-Westphalia: parents of quarantined girl seek 7,000 euros in damages

The parents of a five-year-old girl living in Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, have filed a lawsuit against the city in connection with the quarantine imposed three times on their child in the spring of 2021. The girl had to stay home for a total of 28 days during that period due to the suspicion that she had been in contact with another child attending the same institution who tested positive for coronavirus. The parents of the five-year-old claim that their child suffered severe mental health damage as a result.

The couple argued that this manifested itself in the girl’s tantrums and aggressive behavior. They were unable to provide an opinion from a psychiatrist or psychologist, but demanded 250 euros in compensation for each day of quarantine. In total, they are demanding as much as 7,000 euros!

The girl’s parents have little chance of winning in court

On Wednesday before the Düsseldorf state court, the presiding judge made it clear that the couple has little chance of winning the lawsuit. As she explained to the girl’s 36-year-old mother Mailine S., it was suspected that her daughter might be infected with coronavirus. Therefore, placing her child under quarantine was justified. The fact that the PCR test results ultimately proved negative was irrelevant under the Infection Control Act.

Moreover, the parents should not have sued the city of Neuss, but the county that decided to quarantine the child. A ruling in the case is expected on May 18.


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