Schools pay out £1.5m over pupil injuries

Greater Manchester schoolchildren have received more than £1.5 million in injury compensation over the last five years.

The figures, obtained under a Freedom of Information request, show that a pupil at a school in Rochdale was awarded £8,000 after being struck by falling goal posts.

A child from another school in the town received £2,000 after being hit on the head by a crossbar that fell.

One pupil in Tameside, meanwhile, received a sum of £22,326 after suffering an injury in a school activity and a child who was hurt after being pushed by another child at a primary school in the borough received £9,494.

Personal injury compensation

A person is eligible to make a claim for compensation if they have had an accident in the last three years that wasn’t their fault.

Pay outs vary depending on the severity and type of the injury. Accident Advice Helpline is always on hand to offer guidance and support, while it can also offer a figure of how much a claim could be worth.

There are top tips available to help victims successfully make personal injury claims.

Health and safety failings

All of the children were injured due to basic health and safety failings by schools in Greater Manchester.

Of the 10 boroughs in the county, Manchester was responsible for the bulk of the successful claims – 190 – which cost £943,848.

In Bolton there were 14 successful claims and a total of £150,881 was paid out, including £671 to a child who was injured slipping on ice and leaves.

Rochdale dealt with eight successful claims which cost £49,146, while Salford had seven claims costing £103,223.

Salford council was recently fined £20,000 after a six-year-old boy with autism lost the tips of three fingers in a school gate.

Source: Daily Mail

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