A Freedom of Information Request revealed that Staffordshire County Council paid out £682,883 over the last five years to individuals claiming against schools for injuries. 16 employers’ liability claims were made against 16 different schools, with a total payout of £221,531.90, whilst visitors claiming against schools in Staffordshire received a total of £461,302.13 in compensation (for 30 claims).
Injuries included broken bones, burns, arm and hand injuries, strains and sprains, cuts and bruises, foot and leg injuries and head injuries. Cabinet member for education and skills, Ben Adams, said, “The protection of teachers, pupils and parents while in school is extremely important. While head teachers are responsible for the day to day running of a school, our dedicated health and safety team work with the majority of schools in the county to ensure they are safe and secure environments. We have nearly 400 schools in the county. The fact that there have only been 46 successful claims over five years shows that our schools have robust systems in place to protect pupils, parents and school staff.”
If you have been injured whilst working for a local school or whilst you or your child have been visiting a school, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Claiming against schools – will your claim be successful?
Local councils usually keep a tight rein over their finances, which means that any personal injury claims will be thoroughly examined to ensure that they are viable. But if you believe that the council is liable for your accident – for example, if your child has been injured in the school playground due to faulty play equipment – then you have a good chance of a successful claim. Most claims won’t go to court and settlement will be reached before this stage; so that’s one less thing to worry about.
Choose Accident Advice Helpline
When it comes to choosing a personal injury lawyer, you want a firm which you can trust, with experience handling personal injury claims. So choose Accident Advice Helpline. With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, our team of personal injury lawyers is on hand to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, however you or your child has been injured. It’s our aim to make the claims process as stress-free as we possibly can, so we work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. Why not call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 with any questions you have about the claims process or to find out what’s involved in making a claim for personal injury compensation?
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown