The latest information regarding Welsh schools compensation has made eye-opening reading. According to recent figures the total amount paid out over a variety of compensation claims has amounted to more than £800,000 over the five-year period. These payments were made to both pupils and teachers in a variety of cases.
For example, one child who suffered a head injury after a fire extinguisher fell on them received £8,000 in compensation. Elsewhere, a Welsh school’s compensation claim was paid for £43,000 when a pupil severed their thumb whilst using an exercise bike.
A variety of councils in Wales paid out on these claims, and there are other open cases that have not yet been resolved. In the case of Powys Council most of the claims (six from a total of seven) related to ski trip injuries suffered by pupils.
Other major claims that resulted in a successful compensation claim included £40,000 paid as a result of a head injury suffered by a student who was hit by a shot put. Foot injuries, head injuries and problems with equipment collapsing or breaking were among the other situations that were resolved with a compensation claim.
What types of situations can lead to compensation claims in schools?
It is rare for anyone – pupil, worker and visitor alike – to have an accident in a school. When they do occur they are often the result of freak circumstances or indeed pure accidents that no one could have foreseen. However, there are situations in which accidents could be potentially caused through someone else’s fault. Evidence of negligence is often present in these cases, and if this is true then there is the potential to bring a claim for compensation against those involved.
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Source: BBC News
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown