After he was injured whilst breaking up a playground fight, a teacher from Birmingham was awarded more than £100,000 in compensation. But it seems that’s just one in a long line of school injury compensation claims which has cost Birmingham City Council in excess of £1m over the last five years. After the playground brawl earlier this year, the teacher received a payout of £113,905 in compensation.
A recent Freedom of Information Act request revealed several other school injury incidents where compensation had been paid out to school staff:
- A cleaner who was injured by a ‘defective mop’ received £1,750
- A caretaker received £40,000 after his thumbs were injured when he fell whilst cleaning a window
- A ‘defective saucepan lid’ was to blame for injuries sustained by a dinner lady, who received a £1,500 payout
The City Council, which has recently undergone cuts of £800 million, refused to comment on the pay-outs, but figures revealed that council employees received around £546,763 in compensation pay-outs whilst pupils and visitors received a further £364,775. The NASUWT’s secretary gave his views on the situation, commenting that it was ‘a myth’ that compensation was easily obtained.
Have you been injured whilst working at a school?
Whether you work as a caretaker, cleaner or teacher, if you have been injured whilst employed by a council-run school, you may be considering claiming for compensation. Injuries sustained can range from minor cuts and bruises from children throwing objects to serious injuries caused by defective school equipment. Serious injuries could lead to time off work and loss of earnings, which will be taken into consideration if you claim. Your employer has a duty of care to protect you whilst you’re at work, providing you with equipment which works and is safe to use. If this hasn’t happened, it could amount to employer negligence.
Claiming for work place accident compensation
No matter what type of injuries you have sustained, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with your claim for compensation. We’ll guide you through the whole process, from establishing what happened to gathering evidence in support of your claim and dealing with your payout should your claim be successful. We’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and backed by our patron, Esther Rantzen, so you know you’re in safe hands. Call our freephone helpline today – we’re open 24/7 – and see what we can do for you.
Source: Birmingham Mail
Date Published: May 12, 2014
Author: David Brown