School accident compensation claims cost council £15k

The City of York Council has paid out over £15,000 in compensation to families whose children were injured at school. The amount was paid out to five families between 2008 and 2011 – 10 other unsuccessful personal injury claims were made during this time.

These figures form part of a report received under the Freedom of Information Act but the information does not include specific details of how children were injured. The City of York Council commented, “Any claims made as a result of an accident are assessed against our legal liability by our external claims handlers.”

This information has come to light after a recent report revealed that families in North Yorkshire have received a total of £68,000 in compensation for school accidents over the last five years. This includes £26,000 for slips and trips and £12,000 for PE lesson injuries. Out of 15 education authorities in Yorkshire, 11 have recorded 171 successful personal injury claims relating to school accidents since 2008. This amounts to a total cost of £1.3 million to the various councils in Yorkshire.

Claiming school accident compensation

When you drop your child off at school, you expect them to be in a safe environment where they will be well cared for. Unfortunately, accidents have the potential to happen at school, as they do anywhere. Here are a few example of the types of accidents which could occur at school:

  • Slip or trip
  • Falling from height – for example falling off a climbing frame
  • Injured by sharp objects – for example, being injured by scissors
  • Injured by faulty equipment such as a broken chair, table or toy
  • Food poisoning
  • Injured during PE lesson

If your child has been injured at school, your first instinct is probably to be angry on their behalf. Complaining to the school and the education authority is the best place to start, but if you are considering making a claim for compensation, it is a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer.

How we can help

Here at Accident Advice Helpline, our team of professional personal injury lawyers have been dealing with claims for school accident compensation for many years. Our friendly team are here 24/7 to take your call and can offer confidential, no-obligation advice. We’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and backed by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, and we provide our customers with the very highest standards of service. Call us today to get the ball rolling on your claim.

Source: York Press

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