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Accidents at schools

Accidents can happen at school in a variety of circumstances and in some of them it may be possible to bring an accident claim for compensation.

Some school accidents happen as a result of simple slips or trips. The occupiers of the school have the same responsibility as any owner of land to prevent and avoid foreseeable risks of injury so, if for example, your child falls and is injured as a result of a hole in the playground which presented a real tripping hazard which should have been repaired, a claim for accident compensation can be brought.

If an accident happens as a result of inadequate supervision, again a claim might be possible.

Schoolgirl receives accident compensation after a fall at school

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.
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Some school accidents occur from sporting activities. Generally, a sports player is deemed to consent to the risk of injury from normal and reasonable conduct of the sport by players taking reasonable care. If the injury occurs as a result of behaviour that no reasonable player would have consented to, again a claim may be possible.

Sometimes school children are the victims of assaults. In such cases a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority can be considered, and it may even be possible for a claim to be pursued against the school particularly if there was a lack of proper supervision which contributed to the assault.

There has been incorrect media speculation that the Government have banned the right of teachers and pupils, who are injured on school outings, to bring compensation claims. That is not right.

There are very clear health and safety laws which apply to school trips which, if injury occurs as a result of not following them, may give rise to a personal injury claim. At Clear Answers our specialist lawyers can advise you on how to apply these laws to a potential claim.

Teachers are also victims of accidents, illnesses, and assaults at school during the course of their work. They are entitled to claim compensation for these in the same way as any other employed person and have all the legal rights of anyone making a personal injury claim for an accident at work.

If an accident happens, wherever possible always keep a record and take photographs if relevant; take the names and home addresses of witnesses; keep evidence of doctors visited and treatments, and keep receipts for any injury related expenses.

It is always important to obtain prompt specialist advice. Strict time limits apply for making a personal injury compensation claim, so please seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Accidents on school premises news

Our team of experts at Clear Answers, deal with many successful cases of public liability injury cases, including those which occur on school premises. Below is a small sample of successful claims, plus related news stories which we hope will be of interest. To read the full story click on the links below the description. Or you can visit our regularly updated Personal injury news section to view these and other personal injury stories.

Health & Safety Executive - Myth about school experiments

To try to overcome some of the myths which have grown up over time, the HSE website publishes a “Myth of the Month” which aims to present the real truth behind some of the public perceptions of health and safety regulations.

The claims often made by the media about the activities that are banned due to health and safety are completely unfounded. All the HSE seeks to achieve is a balance between the unachievable aim of absolute safety and the kind of poor management of risk that damages lives and the economy. Risk management should not be merely a bureaucratic exercise, but about protecting people from real harm by taking practical, realistic measures.
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Accident On School Property Results In Compensation For Injured Pupil
Our client was a senior school pupil who asked our specialist personal injury lawyers to represent her in bringing a personal injury compensation claim against the school she attended, following an accident at school. Under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, schools have a duty of care to ensure the safety of their pupils, standing in place of the parent. This means not only ensuring that the pupils are safe during the school day, but that they are provided with a safe route to vacate the school premises at the end of the day.
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Accident at work compensation claim for slipping on wet floor in school dining room is successful
During the lunchtime rush at the school where she worked as a dinner nanny, between 270 and 300 children needed to be fed within a very short time. When an accidental spillage occurred during this busy time, it should have been cleaned up as quickly as possible to avoid an accident at work if someone slipped in the wet area.
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Successful compensation claim after accident at school injures Girl Guide
A 14 year old Girl Guide received compensation for an injury she received on school property. She was injured when her right hand went through a pane of glass in a door.
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Clear Answers specialist lawyers will be able to advise you whether a claim for compensation is possible and can give guidance and assistance on how a claim can be pursued.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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