School trips are fun and educational adventures for young people. However, whether you are visiting a historical site or skiing down the slopes in a foreign country, there is always the chance that an accident on a school trip may take place. If you or your child has been injured during the last three years you may be asking yourself, ‘Can I claim for an accident on a school trip?’ Accident Advice Helpline is here to help you if that is the case. We can help you file a claim if a third party was to blame for your injuries.
The law and school trips
There are numerous situations in which a child can be injured on a school trip due to the fact that these trips are so wide ranging in their nature. For example, you may have visited a popular chocolate factory ten minutes from the school, or you may have been away on a week long adventure training holiday in Germany or France. The laws regarding these accidents will always be different depending on the circumstances, but there is one constant. If someone’s negligence contributed to you sustaining serious injuries, then you have a right to file a no win, no fee compensation claim.
A school has a duty of care to keep pupils safe from harm when they go on trips. Teachers and other staff must follow health and safety procedures at all times and ensure that any provided equipment is not defective. For example, if you were rowing on your trip, then you should have been provided with a helmet and a life jacket. If this was not the case and you subsequently sustained head injuries, then the school will be held liable, as they did not take the necessary measures to ensure safety.
Sometimes this responsibility falls on to another organisation. For example, if you went skiing, then it is the responsibility of the instructor to ensure that you are not put in any danger. If you are not sure who exactly was at fault for your injuries, then get in touch with us. We have a 24-hour free helpline available via landline on 0800 689 0500, or from a mobile on 0333 500 0993. Our friendly advisors will help to answer any of your questions or queries about the claims process.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help
Our expert solicitors will collect evidence to ensure that your personal injury claim is successful. To help us, we suggest that you provide in depth details about the accident. Any witness statements will aid your cause, as will photographs. We will also need medical papers documenting a diagnosis, and other documents indicating how the injury has affected you financially.
If you were injured abroad, then the process can be more complex. Do not worry though, as we will do our best to establish the details and any laws that will affect your claim for compensation. Making a claim for an accident on a school trip could be the beginning of a new chapter in your life, as well as your family’s. It can help you to put the pain and suffering to one side and move forward once again.
Date Published: November 15, 2014
Author: David Brown