You may worry about your child when you drop them off at school every day. There are a number of different types of accidents that could occur at school. Fortunately, every day, millions of children across the UK attend school and they come home in one piece. Just occasionally your child may have some bumps and bruises after an altercation in the playground, but apart from that, you as a parent or carer should have little to worry about.
Health and safety in schools tends to be stringent, as it should be, so it is a shame when things go wrong. If your child has been injured and you think that the staff at the school have been negligent, that’s when you may be able to make a claim for compensation after an accident at school, and Accident Advice Helpline could help you with this.
Has your child had an accident at school?
If your child has had an accident at school, it is likely that the school itself will take this very seriously and investigate what happened themselves. If you feel that you would like to claim compensation on behalf of your child, you are welcome to do that. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have specialists who can deal with school accidents, so call us and get some no-obligation advice while you’re mulling over what you want to do next.
What treatment did your child’s injuries require?
We would suggest that if you are intent on making a claim you hold off until it is clear what treatment for injuries sustained from a school accident is required in your child’s case. We will want to build up a full picture in order to understand what effects the accident will have on the child over the course of the next few years, or indeed the rest of their lives. However, it is entirely up to you. You don’t have to claim within three years, because as your child is a minor, they have three years from their 18th birthday to claim, but you can claim on their behalf prior to this and the money will be held in trust.
It may be that your child has sustained minor injuries and will need a few weeks or months off school to recover. Or perhaps they have suffered more serious injuries which will impact their future. Whatever has happened, you could be entitled to claim compensation on their behalf.
Common injuries sustained in an accident at school
So what are some of the most common injuries that could be sustained in an accident at school? Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience helping people claim compensation and here are some of the most common accidents and injuries we have come across:
- Broken bones, sprained ankles and wrists often caused by a slip, trip or fall
- Electric shock injuries from faulty equipment
- Lacerations from faulty playground equipment or equipment in class
- Allergic reaction to something, e.g. contact dermatitis
- Head injury from colliding with another pupil or a slip, trip or fall
- Burns or scalds from spilling hot food or drink
- Food poisoning after eating in the school canteen
These are just a few examples of the types of injuries which could be suffered by your child in an accident at school – you could make a claim for almost any type of injury, provided somebody else was liable.
Making a claim
The first step in making a claim is to consider who is liable for an accident at school. Was it another child? A teacher? Was it to do with school equipment or caused by the fabric of the building itself? Once this is established we will know who we are making a claim against and things will move faster. You don’t need to figure all these things out yourself without support. When you contact us, it might seem at first like we are asking a lot of questions, but we are actually just trying to establish what has happened and get to the bottom of who is liable for your child’s accident, so that we can help you with your personal injury claim.
Claiming on behalf of your child for an accident at school is easy with Accident Advice Helpline. We can use all of our experience to make things run smoothly for you. Established as a law firm in the year 2000, we have helped lots of worried parents and carers – just like you – claim compensation for their children and we could help you next. There is never any obligation to proceed with a claim with us, so if your child has been injured in an accident at school, you can call us for confidential, no-obligation advice at any time.
What can you claim for?
As well as claiming compensation for your child’s pain and suffering, you could find you’re eligible to claim compensation for your own loss of earnings. Have you taken time off work to care for your child after their accident or to take them to medical appointments or physiotherapy? If so, your finances could be affected as you may have suffered loss of earnings from your job. We will take this into account when you make a personal injury claim, so you could be compensated for your financial losses.
How we can help you
You don’t need to know how to claim compensation for an accident at school, you can leave it all to us. One phone call and we can take the weight from your shoulders. Talk to our personal advisors and they will explain the process and answer any questions you may have. There’s no need to worry about the cost of making a claim either, as the cost of making a claim for suffering from an accident at school will be much less than you imagine. We offer a 100% no-win, no-fee service to all of our customers, so anybody can afford to make a claim, regardless of their financial circumstances.
The numbers you need are: 0800 689 0500 (free from your landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile (charges may apply).
Date Published: 29th July 2016
Author: Lynne Bell