The decision as to whether or not to make a PE teacher accident claim after suffering an injury can be a difficult one. Rest assured that at Accident Advice Helpline, our friendly and highly skilled advisors are ready to help you unravel the legalese and claim the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Whether you work for a local authority school, or one that is funded by other means, it is the responsibility of your employer to adhere to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1979. This means that they must perform the correct risk assessments to ensure the safety of your working environment.
There are three stages at which employers can sometimes fail to provide the appropriately safe working environment:
- During the identification of any hazards to health and safety.
- During the evaluation of any risks posed by the aforementioned hazards.
- During the removal or reduction of these risks.
If you have had an accident that was not your fault and you are thinking of making a PE teacher accident claim, you will very likely need to prove that someone else is liable for the accident. For example, your school may have failed to carry out the appropriate risk assessment and failed to identify the hazard that led to your accident. It may be the case that they correctly identified the hazard, but did not sufficiently evaluate the risks it posed. Alternatively, in some cases, it might be that senior staff were well aware of the danger towards their staff, but were unwilling or unable to remove or reduce these risks.
If you are not sure whether the accident was your fault or that it was the result of a failure by your employers to adequately protect you in your role as a PE teacher, then give us a call and one of our advisors can help to figure out the details of your case.
Starting a PE teacher accident claim
With any work-related accident, it is important to make a PE teacher accident claim as soon as possible after the accident occurred. Depending on your injuries, it might not be possible to instruct a lawyer immediately, but you must do so within three years of the incident. There are some very specific exceptions to this time limit and if you think that one of these might apply to you, do get in touch.
It is usually the case that in order to make a PE teacher accident claim for compensation, that your injury necessitated medical treatment. If this is the case with your injury, then we might ask for your doctor’s details or ask you to attend one additional medical assessment. Also, if there were any witnesses to your accident, we may ask for their details as well.
We know that all this can be a lot to take in, especially if you are recovering from an injury, but to start the process of your personal injury claim, just give us a call on 0800 689 0500 from your landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 26, 2015
Author: Lee Tadd