A child getting injured on a school trip to an activity centre is a nightmare scenario for any parent. Not only is there the immediate pain and injury recovery to deal with, it can also cause serious confidence issues.
Most children have fragile self-esteem and suffering a painful accident, especially in front of their peers, can lead to a damaging loss of confidence. As a parent, after caring for your child, it’s likely that you will want to know who was responsible for the accident. The truth is, it depends.
If a child is injured on a school trip to an activity centre, who is liable?
The issue of liability and who holds the duty of care for an accident at an activity centre depends on the nature and cause of the accident.
It’s an unfortunate, yet inescapable, fact of life that accidents can, and do, happen. This is particularly true in groups of children because they don’t have the same awareness and physical capabilities as adults.
Children develop an appreciation and understanding of risk as they grow up. Until this development is completed, they are always likely to make a misjudgement and suffer accidents. It’s part of learning. It’s part of growing up. That said, there are times when getting injured on a school trip to an activity centre is anything but a result of misfortune.
Activity centre v School liability
Activity centres have lots of equipment ready and waiting for visitors to use. This equipment should be subject to regular and thorough inspections. Absolutely no compromise should ever be made in terms of using equipment and tools that are not completely safe. This is important for activities with adults. It is absolutely essential for activities with children. As well as being totally safe, the equipment should also be suitable for use by children.
Schools have a duty to provide a legal ratio of adults to children. Although teachers will undoubtedly be present on the trip, it’s unlikely they will have the same qualifications and training as centre staff. It’s vitally important that the number of adults to children in the group meets, at the very least, the legal requirement.
Claiming personal injury compensation
If someone is injured on a school trip to an activity centre in an accident that wasn’t their fault, then injury compensation may be due.
With over 16 years’ experience in personal injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline is perfectly placed to guide you through the claims process. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice