A recent request under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that North Yorkshire County Council paid out £68,000 in compensation to families whose children have been injured at school. The figures, which relate to pay-outs over a five year period, reveal that around £26,000 was paid out for school injuries such as slips, trips and falls; £6,800 due to defective equipment and a further £12,000 for injuries sustained during PE lessons.
The highest number of claims were made in Harrogate (130), with 11 claims made in Hambleton and 10 in Selby, although each area had fewer than five claims which were actually successful. The largest payout amounted to £10,000 for a slip, trip or fall whilst £4,500 was paid in compensation after a physical assault.
These figures show that 171 successful personal injury claims have been recorded since September 2008 at a cost of £1.3 million in compensation. Many injuries were caused by defective equipment in the classroom or playground or faulty equipment being used during PE lessons. Rotherham paid the highest amount of compensation recorded, with the local authority paying a total of £289,851 over the period in question.
Potential causes of school injuries
Most schools provide a safe environment for our children to play and learn, but the potential for accidents to happen still exists. Whether your child has been injured by faulty equipment used during a PE lesson or has suffered a fall from a climbing frame in the playground, you may be wondering if it is worthwhile claiming compensation. The answer is yes, if someone else is to blame for your child’s accident, you should definitely look into claiming. As you can see from the above figures, local authorities deal with dozens of claims every year relating to accidents which occur at school. Whether your child has suffered minor cuts and bruises or spent time in hospital recovering from their accident, contacting a personal injury lawyer is a good idea if you are wondering what to do next.
Claiming compensation for accidents at school
A personal injury lawyer can help you to determine the cause of your child’s accident and decide whether or not claiming compensation is the right step for you to take. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we will explain the claims process to you in full – whether you want to start the ball rolling on your claim or are simply looking for some helpful advice, you can call us with no obligation to proceed. Because we work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, our services are accessible to everyone and you won’t pay anything unless your claim is successful.