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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

    Five far-fetched, yet possible potential accidents in a school


    Teachers and school children alike are typically more likely to suffer injuries by slips, trips and falls than by any other incident. In some cases, however, unusual circumstances can lead to more or less serious accidental injuries.

    1. Pencil stabbing
      Kids, and in particular younger ones, occasionally fight over pencils. You know the drill: ‘Mine’, followed by ‘No, mine’; kids pulling on either end of the pencil in question, and before you know it, you have a riot. Should either of the children let go of their pencil-end unexpectedly, the rebound effect could cause the pencil to be driven into the body or face of the other child, or perhaps into the hand or arm of an intervening teacher.
    2. Fingers and doors
      For some strange reason, classroom doors are often quite heavy and fitted with self-closing mechanisms. Children or teachers could easily get their fingers trapped when trying to catch and hold open an already closing door.
    3. Collapsing chairs
      A defective or perhaps ‘sabotaged’ chair could easily result in a teacher suffering back or head injuries at work if the chair collapses as they are trying to sit down on it.
    4. Experiments gone wrong
      Many schools conduct experiments during chemistry lessons. Such experiments could go terribly wrong and cause explosions resulting in injuries at school of varying severity.
    5. Rowdy behaviour
      Teachers’ accidents at work could also be caused by unruly youngsters. Walking into a classroom, a teacher could, for example, be hit by bags, books or perhaps even furniture being thrown around by kids.

    The real world

    These instances may appear to be somewhat unreal, but things like these can happen and will happen, as similar incidents in British and American schools have shown. The thing is, if you were injured at work in a school, you may be eligible for work injury compensation, regardless of whether the events leading to your injury were common place or highly unusual.

    Where to go for help

    Claiming for compensation may be a daunting prospect, but it does not have to be a painful or even expensive process. By calling Accident Advice Helpline, you can secure the help of a legal team with years of experience in handling personal and work injury claims. This law firm can be contacted via a 24-hour Freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 that is obligation-free and completely confidential. Claims are handled efficiently, effectively and under conditional fee agreements, meaning you pay nothing until your claim has been settled.

    Date Published: February 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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