Secondary schools are generally pretty safe places to be, with student welfare usually being well protected by the school. However, there are still many ways in which a secondary school student could be involved in an accident that was not their fault and could become injured.
At Accident Advice Helpline we see plenty of cases of secondary school accidents resulting in injuries to students, and we have helped many families to obtain a level of compensation that matches the pain and suffering endured.
Causes of secondary school accidents
Secondary school accidents are a somewhat common occurrence and there can be many causes for them happening. Some accidents are caused by the pupils themselves and though they may sustain injuries from this, if it was self-inflicted they are unlikely to be able to claim compensation. Common accidents that could potentially be eligible for compensation include:
- Equipment and machinery faults: all equipment such as that used in metalwork and woodwork should be regularly tested by the school to make sure it is entirely safe to use. Failure to do so could result in it not working correctly and causing an accident
- Students not taught how to safely use equipment: all students should be shown how to use equipment safely and should be supervised to ensure they pose no danger to themselves or anyone else
- The structure or building becoming unsafe: school buildings are often quite old and over time can become weakened and damaged, leading to things falling or breaking and potentially hurting someone
- Other pupils: it is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure all students are behaving responsibly when using equipment, particularly dangerous equipment. If therefore, you or your child were hurt by another student, you may still be able to make a claim for the negligence of teaching staff.
Compensation for accidents in secondary school
If you or your child has been involved in an accident at a secondary school in the last three years that was not your or your child’s fault, you may be eligible to claim. It is, of course, especially traumatic to see your child hurt, and if he or she is suffering from any long-term repercussions of that accident, compensation may be even more deserved.
We are experts in such matters and can give you free help and advice to help you understand your options regarding a claim. For more information, call one of our friendly and helpful specialists on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 24, 2015
Author: Rob Steen