A teacher who suffered ligament damage to their feet and ankles after slipping in a puddle in a school corridor last year has been awarded £23,000 in compensation. Whilst the claim was initially contested by the local authority, the teacher took them to court and won their settlement. With the starting salary for teachers outside London set at £21,588, this represented a substantial settlement.
The figures were released this week after a freedom of information request from West Sussex County Council – the council refuses to identify the teacher or school involved. This latest case goes to show how many people no longer consider accidents at work as just a part of the job, and that they are actually entitled to compensation.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that a council in Essex awarded a teacher £230,000 after they slipped on a tomato ketchup sachet at school. Although this may seem like a very high figure for a potentially innocuous accident, the amount of compensation reflects the seriousness of the injuries sustained, not simply how the accident happed.
Have you been injured at school?
Working as a teacher or member of staff at a school can have its hazards, just as any job can, but if you have been injured due to somebody else’s negligence, you could claim compensation. Here are a few examples of the types of accidents which have the potential to occur in schools:
- Slip, trip or fall
- Fall from height – for example climbing on a ladder or stool to reach shelves
- Struck by objects falling from height
- Scalded or burned by hot liquids or food
- Food poisoning from food consumed in the school canteen
- Injured by faulty equipment such as a photocopier or computer
Whilst some accidents are clearly nobody’s fault, it is your employer’s duty to keep you safe. If they have been negligent and have failed to provide you with a safe working environment, you could be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Choosing a personal injury lawyer
It’s best to choose a lawyer who specialises in personal injury compensation claims, such as Accident Advice Helpline. We don’t deal with any other areas of law and we have over 13 years’ experience in the personal injury industry.
We’re also accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and recommended by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen. Since 2000, we have helped hundreds of people with successful claims for accidents at work; call us today to see how we can help you.
Source: Daily Mail