What happens if your child gets injured in an accident at school? This doesn’t mean the odd trip or scraped knee that the nurse then puts a plaster on. If they are involved in a serious accident that was not their fault then you could potentially be entitled to compensation and contacting us can help you decide if you want to make a school accident claim.
Why you might make a school accident claim
It is important to be aware of what can be claimed for. There are some times when a child hurting themselves is unavoidable – they tend to run around and have a lot of energy and so inevitably there will be some bumps along the way. Where the argument for a claim comes in is whether or not an accident can be avoided in the first place.
A good example is if a child plays on the monkey bars and falls over, breaking their arm in the process. The debate is about how the child injured themselves and whether this could have been avoided. For example if the monkey bars were too high or they were damaged then it can be deemed unsafe and it is more likely that a claim will be successful.
Another good example is playing surfaces. If a child plays sports on a playing field that has glass or other debris on it that has not been properly cleared and cuts themselves then there could be a claim involved as the surface ought to be checked before any sporting events take place on the field.
One potential counter argument is if a child has entered a premises without permission and therefore ought to be considered responsible for the risks that they have taken for themselves. This can often put people off claiming. However, this belief is not always correct and it can still be possible to pursue a claim even if the child has technically trespassed as a lot of the issues about safety remain relevant regardless of whether or not they have permission, especially if it is a younger child.
Making a School accident claim
A school accident claim is not necessarily restricted to the school itself. If children are not sufficiently supervised during a bus trip or if they are not properly seated then in the event of an accident you may be able to claim compensation.
If you think your child has been hurt in an accident that could have been prevented then it is worth getting in contact with Accident Advice Helpline by dialing 0800 689 0500. We have highly trained and experienced advisors who can discuss your case and give you advice on whether or not you can pursue this further. Furthermore we are endorsed by Esther Rantzen, founder of the children’s welfare advice helpline Childline, who has made a career of championing consumer rights on television and in parliament.
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown