Every now and then a child or adult will be injured at school. Most of the time the injuries are simple accidents and are not the fault of anyone concerned. For example a child might run across the playground, drop their jumper and then trip over it. These things happen. However in other cases avoidable school injuries may potentially occur that may be down to negligence.
What is negligence in this case? Well, it describes a situation that should not have occurred if attention to health and safety had been borne in mind. For example let’s say the playground has several loose sections that are potentially dangerous to run around on. If a child falls over and injures themselves as a result of tripping over on the broken ground, their parents might be able to start a compensation claim for their child’s avoidable school injuries.
What else might happen?
It should be noted that most children and teachers, not to mention other school staff and parents, regularly get through the day without any problems or injuries occurring at all. These incidents are rare, but they can be frustrating when they do occur. In some cases attention may have been drawn to a potential hazard that was still not dealt with when an accident occurred.
While most injuries are fairly minor, others can be problematic and take longer to recover from. In some cases injuries can be more serious. In one instance a boy required brain surgery after being hit by a shot put at his school. Thankfully these cases are rare but they are no less stressful for those who are unlucky enough to go through them.
Health and safety
The health and safety rules are clear about the duty of care employers have towards their employees. In the case of schools, those in charge have a duty of care to everyone who works and studies in the school, as well as to visitors. They must ensure conditions are safe and everything is properly maintained.
Accident Advice Helpline is always on hand in those situations where something does go wrong. Make sure you are able to seek out no-obligation advice today – call us on 0800 689 0500 now to find out more. It won’t cost you a thing to call and it might be the first step towards a compensation claim in the near future.
Date Published: May 30, 2015
Author: Rob Steen