If your child is involved in an accident at school, whether indoors or in the playground, it can be easy to jump to conclusions about what happened. Accidents at school are unfortunately a common occurrence – with so many children under one roof, they are bound to happen. The important thing is to ascertain how the accident happened, in order to determine if it could have been avoided.
Common reasons for accidents
Here are some of the most common reasons for accidents in schools:
- Children running indoors – slips, trips and falls
- Poorly supervised children in the playground
- Fights with other children over toys or equipment
- Injury due to poorly maintained equipment in the playground or indoors
Of course, there are many other situations in which accidents can occur too. It’s easy to jump to conclusions, as you are worried about your child and the level of care which they are receiving at school, but make sure that you find out as much about the accident as you can. Schools are required to keep an accident book which details what happened during an accident and any treatment provided. If your child has been left unsupervised, and has suffered an injury as a result, then you may be eligible to claim for compensation.
Making a personal injury claim
Schools are responsible for the well-being of their students – they should ensure that children are well supervised at all times (and that the correct ratio of staff to students applies), that equipment is well maintained and safe for use, and that children are in a safe environment. They should also be in control of behaviour – for example, running indoors should be discouraged for children’s safety. If you feel that your child’s school has been negligent in their approach to caring for your child, which has led to an injury, then you could claim for compensation.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline are experts in the personal injury compensation field, with more than 13 years’ experience handling claims just like yours, so we know our stuff. Our freephone helpline is open 24/7, so you can call for a chat in confidence at any time, with no obligation to proceed. Because our patron is Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion, and we’re accredited by Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard, you know you’re in safe hands, and we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service.
Date Published: November 21, 2013
Author: David Brown