The total compensation bill paid out for student claims last year amounted to almost £6 million, according to a recent newspaper report. The claims ranged in size depending on the incident they were paid out for.
Typical example of student compensation included one made to a pupil who fell from a tree. They received £9,000 in compensation. Another pupil slipped on ice in the playground and received £35,000 as a result. The average payout was said to be approximately £7,000.
It is right to say that every school has a duty of care to provide a safe place for children to play and learn. English schools recorded 382 incidents in total that resulted in student compensation payouts. Experts are hoping that these will be reduced as schools take every conceivable measure to make sure they create and maintain safe surroundings. Other examples of accidents that led to compensation payments included £14,000 that went to a boy who experienced a hot drink being spilled on him. Another example was that of a pupil who was hurt when a table-tennis table fell on them. This resulted in a £6,200 payout.
Are victims of accidents entitled to compensation payments?
It always depends on each individual circumstance and what has taken place. For example we all know that accidents do sometimes just happen and there is no good reason for them. However in some cases it can be proven that there was negligence on the part of a third party. For instance a pavement that should reasonably have been kept in good order may have been in poor condition – enough to cause someone to trip and fall and injure themselves. If you go through this kind of experience you may have a case that needs to be answered.
Accident Advice Helpline can support you with no-obligation advice
When you call our free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 there is no need to feel pressured into making a claim if you don’t want to. We can assess the situation you have been in within the last three years to determine whether there is a good chance of having a successful outcome to a no win, no fee* claim. Why not call us and see where we go from there? You could be entitled to compensation if you have the evidence of negligence needed to support you.
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown