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Home > News > Schoolgirl receives accident compensation after a fall at school

29th April 2013

Schoolgirl receives accident compensation after a fall at school

When our client suffered a broken leg as a result of a fall down the stairs at school, she sought our expert legal advice on bringing a claim for accident compensation.

The school refused to admit liability and our specialist accident compensation lawyers were forced to issue Court proceedings. However, they continued to conduct robust negotiation and, prior to the trial, were able to secure compensation for our client’s suffering, trauma and disruption to her education.

Slip and fall accident on the stairs

For some days prior to our client’s accident, the weather had been so severe that the school had been closed for a time. When it re-opened our client noticed that the floors and floor covering at the entrance and throughout the school were wet, and in many places residue of mud and slush remained.

As she left her classroom to go to lunch, she went down the stairs which were still wet from the morning’s foot traffic. Although she was holding the handrail as she descended, when her foot slipped and went from under her, her other leg went behind her as she fell several steps.

Our client was taken to hospital where an x-ray confirmed that she had suffered a fracture. She was admitted to hospital and underwent surgery to correct the broken bones. She was in a great deal of pain and had to have a full leg cast. She was unable to attend school for several weeks and it was many months before she could partake of her previous activities, representing her school in several areas of sport.

Occupier’s Liability Act

Prior to her accident, our client remembers that no signs had been erected to warn of the wet conditions, despite reports of other people having previously slipped during the spell of bad weather. Warning signs have been used since her accident.

By failing to either warn visitors of the possible hazard, and failing to take steps to remove the hazard within a reasonable time, the school had breached several areas of the Occupier’s Liability Act which requires them to ensure the safety of visitors to their premises.

Making a claim for accident compensation

Clear Answers’ specialist personal injury lawyers are waiting to provide you with expert legal advice. We specialise in all types of personal injury compensation claims, particularly slips, trips and falls.

If you or a family member has suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and to talk you through the claims process in plain English. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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