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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most common accident claims: Teaching

    While teaching is unlikely to strike anyone as a particularly dangerous occupation, teachers are still exposed to the risk of injuries at work.

    Accidents at work

    Manual handling injuries like tendon and muscle strains in teacher’s backs and shoulders, usually caused by lifting, carrying and handling objects, are among the most common work-related injuries claimed for.

    Repetitive strain injuries

    RSI, or repetitive strain injury claims made by teachers are also fairly common. Here, injuries by repetitive movements are typically experienced in the neck, hands, fingers or thumbs. Occasionally, voice strain injuries are also reported. Teachers required to walk or kneel frequently may also claim for knee injuries by repetitive movement.

    Slips, trips and falls

    A great many personal injury claims made by teachers are the result of injuries by falling, slipping or tripping. In most cases, slip, trip or fall injuries affect teachers’ hands and arms; toes, feet and ankles; knees and backs.

    Occupational stress

    Many teachers are affected by and claim for work-related stress, anxiety, depression and other work-induced psychological issues.

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    Other work injuries likely to affect teachers

    Sporting accidents; injuries by faulty equipment (during science lessons or using computers, overhead projectors and other appliances, for example) and the occasional injury by assault have also been known to result in occupational injury claims. Exposure to toxic materials while preparing for or conducting chemistry lessons may also lead to accidental injury claims.

    Claiming for compensation

    Injuries sustained while teaching must be reported immediately to the responsible authority (head teacher, first aid personnel) and recorded in the school’s accident report book, even if such work injuries appear to be minor. In a similar fashion, medical assistance should be sought under all circumstances, as documentation of an injury, the extent to which it has affected the teacher’s ability to continue working and administered treatments or medication will be required if a compensation claim is made.

    No win no fee* claims

    If you were injured at work as a teacher within the last 36 months, you may be eligible for industrial injury compensation. Call one of the friendly advisers of Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for a confidential, obligation-free chat about your situation. The advice line, a free phone number, is available all day every day. No win no fee* claims are brought to swift conclusions by experienced lawyers specialising in teachers’ injury claims, and in many cases, court does not have to be attended by claimants.

    Date Published: March 5, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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