New figures indicate that Bury Council compensation to individuals who have been injured in schools has amounted to £134,000 over the past five years. The figures, reported by the Bury Times, have shown that the largest single payment went to a pupil who injured their teeth after tripping. This sum amounted to £30,013 and was paid out in the academic year 2012/2013. A total of 20 pupils, members of staff and visitors sought compensation and won for slips, trips and falls in schools between May 2009 and May 2014, with all but one of the cases being out-of-court settlements. Three of these payouts were given to visitors for leg and back problems and amounted to £10,000. One payment of £15,000 was given to a pupil who suffered a fracture after tripping and another payment of £17,525 was settled with a teacher who slipped causing multiple injuries.
The report has suggested that schools in the area may need to examine their health and safety policies and procedures more thoroughly to prevent accidents from happening. Bury Council have stated that they provide a support service as well as quality advice to schools regarding their health and safety procedures.
Accidents and injuries in schools
The Bury Council compensation case shows that slips, trips and falls can happen just about anywhere. Health and safety procedures must be put in place in any school to ensure that the risks of an accident occurring is significantly reduced and to prevent injuries in pupils, teachers or visitors. Simple things such as regular maintenance of the building, stairwells, classrooms and equipment can prevent slips, trips and falls from occurring, and can help prevent injuries which could result in time absent from work or school. If you have suffered an injury in a school and someone else was at fault, you are entitled to file a claim for compensation.
Source: Bury Times