Sports are an important part of all our lives. Even though we may never play professionally it is still important to encourage participation in sporting events at school. They help keep kids fit and healthy and they are great for encouraging them to test their skills in various ways. Of course we all recognise that accidents can happen and that sports lesson injuries can occur. It’s easy to rick an ankle over or for someone to fall while running and so on. However these incidents are very different from those that occur in situations that should not have been allowed to happen.
For example one boy recently underwent brain surgery as a result of being hit by a shot put while taking part in a PE lesson at school. The subsequent investigation found there had been a significant breach in health and safety laws that had allowed the accident to happen. Accident Advice Helpline has assisted people in situations like this where a serious injury could have been prevented.
What kinds of sports lesson injuries could be prevented?
Every situation is different. However it is clear that in some cases potential hazards can lead to an injury occurring that could indeed have been prevented if that hazard had been properly dealt with beforehand. Risk assessments are used to identify potential hazards, but even if an assessment takes place and covers everything, it is still necessary to ensure the recommendations of the assessment are followed to the letter.
In situations where evidence of negligence does present itself, there is a chance to make a claim for compensation following the suffering of a preventable injury. The severity of that injury will determine the amount of the payout that could be received.
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Of course we should point out that accidents during PE lessons are very rare indeed. Kids will fall over and minor accidents do happen that are no fault of anyone’s. It is the cases that occur where injuries are present that need not have happened – and should not have happened – that are concerning.Open Claim Calculator
Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide the advice you need if you’re unsure about an accident your child has had at school. By calling 0800 689 0500 you may be able to end the uncertainty by speaking with one of our representatives now. Make that call today so you’re sure.