If your child breaks their leg at school do you have a right to claim damages?
We expect our children to be safe at school. But inevitably, from time to time, accidents will happen. If your child breaks their leg at school, you may wonder whether you have a legal right to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline could advise you whether the accident qualifies you to make a claim, and what the pros and cons of pursuing a case for compensation might be.
Who’s to blame when your child breaks their leg at school?
Children often do not think about the consequences of their actions. To be able to make a successful claim for compensation, the onus is on the party bringing the claim to prove that the school was acting carelessly or negligently and this is why the accident happened. If your child was to blame because they disobeyed a direct instruction for example, it may well be significantly harder to prove that the school was at fault.
The kinds of cases where parents or guardians have in the past made successful claims when their child breaks their leg at school include:
- Slips, trips or falls as a result of spillages that the school has been aware of but has not taken adequate steps to clear up, or marked with an appropriate warning sign;
- Accidents as a result of faulty play equipment or furniture;
- Accidents while playing sports when the proper equipment or training has not been provided.
If your child breaks their leg at school, you should first ensure that the accident has been reported to their teacher or another person in authority. Details of the incident should also be entered into the accident book. If there were any witnesses to the accident, it is helpful to obtain their contact details so that your solicitor can contact them if a supporting statement is required. And finally, if at all possible, obtain photos of the scene of the accident or draw a sketch afterwards to indicate what happened.
To find out whether we could take your claim forward
Contact Accident Advice Helpline for free legal advice about your child’s accident. We run a 24/7 helpline so you can talk to us whenever suits you. We’ll tell you whether we think we can help and how much you might expect to receive for your child’s injury. This money will normally be held in trust for the child until they come of age.
- Ring our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile;
- Text ‘claim365’ to 88010; or
- Try the 30-second test on our website
Call today if you need legal advice when your child breaks their leg at school. We’re happy to discuss your claim with you.