All schools must be safe for children, teachers, assistants and other staff to attend. We’ve all heard about health and safety, and in the case of a school the health and safety rules must be followed all the time. If there are any potential dangers or hazards that haven’t been dealt with, these could end up being problematic if someone is hurt as a result.
Injuries at school could potentially fall into a number of categories. For example someone might have an accident in a classroom if they sit on a chair that falls apart as a result because it is too old or dangerous to use. A cabinet or pull-down screen attached to the wall could come off and hit someone if it has not been put up properly in the first place.
Other examples of incidents that might lead to school injury compensation
Schools usually provide games or sports lessons that involve using a gym or similar indoor area, or an outdoor area designed for that purpose. In every case the equipment used should be checked regularly to ensure it is safe for the purpose it is intended for.
In addition the areas designated for sports to be played in should be risk-assessed as well. The activities should be organised and prepared so there is as little chance of injury occurring as possible.
All these elements should come into play to ensure school injury compensation does not need to be paid, primarily because no injuries should occur that are caused by someone else. However if something did go wrong and a pupil or teacher was injured, that individual – or their parent or guardian in the case of a child – should be entitled to see whether compensation could be a possibility.
Finding out more
No parent wants to find out their child has been injured at any time while at school. No teacher wants to be off work because they have received an injury in this setting either. Fortunately few cases like this ever happen.
There are few reasons why things can go wrong, but when negligence is found to be the reason for an accident, it does bring up the possibility of compensation.
If you call 0800 689 0500 now you can speak with someone working at Accident Advice Helpline. You might have a good chance to make a no win, no fee claim.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead