When you send your child to school, you expect them to be safe there. Whilst that’s usually the case, accidents can and do happen in schools, and if your child is injured, it can be a frustrating, upsetting time for the whole family. Injuries sustained in school accidents could be serious, which may mean your child needs to take time off to recover, impacting their performance at school as well as their self-confidence. When you make a claim for personal injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline, we’ll take this into account. We have over 15 years’ experience helping people claim compensation for school accidents, and we’re here to make sure you get the compensation your child deserves.
Common school injuries
Injuries you could sustain in school could include:
- Slip, trip or fall injuries – for example, you could slip inside the school on a wet floor or trip outside on damaged paving stones in the school grounds
- Lacerations from faulty equipment, such as play equipment, desks or chairs
- Lifting injuries if you are asked to lift heavy objects without training
- Sports injuries from accidents whilst playing sport and not being properly supervised
- Food poisoning after eating in the school cafeteria
- Exposure to asbestos – rare but possible if building works are being carried out in a building where asbestos is present and proper precautions are not taken
If negligent staff at your child’s school have failed to prevent an accident from happening – for example if your child was not properly supervised – you could claim compensation with Accident Advice Helpline within three years of their accident. Accidents could be caused due to poor maintenance, for example a footpath not being maintained or equipment not being repaired or replaced, or poor staff supervision. It’s important to report any accidents to the teacher or a senior member of staff, as they will need to be recorded in the school’s accident book.
How much compensation could you receive?
The amount of compensation you could receive depends on the severity of your child’s injuries. For example, exposure to asbestos can have serious implications for illness in the future, so you could be awarded a substantial settlement, whilst a broken wrist from a fall from faulty playground equipment will heal, so your settlement is likely to be smaller. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we’ll be able to tell you if you have a viable claim. Or for an idea of how much you could claim, take the 30-second test on our website.
Date Published: March 29, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton