You probably remember falling over in the playground as a child when you were at school. Many of us have done the same. However it is much rarer for teacher playground injuries to occur, since adults are more aware of how to be safe and how to avoid a fall. Some falls and injuries are caused through simple accidents – it is not always the case that someone is clearly to blame. However in cases where the playground itself may not be in prime condition, negligence could be found to be at fault.
For example, if a pothole exists in the playground that has not been mended or filled, someone could trip over in it. Similarly in icy conditions it would be reasonable to expect the playground area would be gritted or salted to get rid of the ice. This would make it safer for all concerned – children included.
How serious might teacher playground injuries be?
It depends on what happens. Simple trips, slips and falls can result in nothing more than a bruised ego in some cases. However in other cases people have dislocated or broken bones and caused more serious injuries that may never fully heal. If the cause of the accident could and should have been prevented, it would be frustrating for the injured teacher to realise this.
Obviously maintenance is very important in schools, just as it is in other workplaces. If a lack of maintenance is found to be the cause of an accident, or another reason that constitutes negligence is found to be responsible, this could mean a compensation claim would be successful.
Recovering from injuries
Recovery from an injury could be anything from very easy and quick to far more drawn-out. In a serious injury the individual may not properly recover at all. For example if a teacher was hit on the head by falling equipment that should have been properly attached to the wall, this could result in an injury they may not properly recover from. This is just an example of course but it does show how the situation may be quite serious in some cases.
Accident Advice Helpline can always provide no-obligation advice to anyone who is ready to consider whether a no win, no fee* claim could mean compensation. By calling 0800 689 0500 today you can find out whether this applies in your case.
Date Published: May 30, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Accident in the playground