Teachers across the country have received over £200,000 in compensation after being attacked by pupils last year. In 2013, 17 incidents of biting, head-butting and punching led to payouts – one Dorset teacher attacked by pupils was awarded £43,000, whilst another who was struck by a glass received £3,500.
Christopher McGovern, from the Campaign for Real Education said, “Schools should be places of learning, not battlefields.” Over the past few years, the numbers of pupils suspended after attacks have risen – recently 16-year-old Will Cornick was jailed for life, with a minimum of 20 years, after he stabbed his teacher to death in April. Earlier in 2014, a 14-year-old boy went on a rampage at a school in Oldham, attacking seven teachers, six of whom were women.
Violence in school is on the rise, but teachers who have been attacked shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. You can find out if you are eligible to claim compensation by contacting a personal injury lawyer within three years of an incident taking place.
Have you been injured at a school?
If you work as a teacher, your employer has a duty to keep you safe at work, the same as in any job, and if this doesn’t happen and you are attacked and injured at school, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. In some cases, injuries sustained from attacks can be severe, and you may need time off work to recover – you may even be unable to continue teaching. It is worth contacting a personal injury lawyer to see if you have a viable claim. The compensation you receive could cover your loss of earnings, as well as compensate you for any pain and suffering.
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