When you take your children to nursery or school each day, you leave them there expecting them to be safe and well looked after by the staff. But this is not always the case, and if your child is injured in an accident at school or nursery that was not their own fault, you may be able to make a personal injury claim in Bridgend on their behalf.
Accidents at school that can result in a personal injury claim in Bridgend
It is surprising how easily children can be injured in accidents in nurseries and schools, somewhere you would expect them to be perfectly safe. But accidents happen all the time, such as:
- Accidents in the car parks
- Old furniture collapsing or giving them nasty cuts and splinters
- In old school buildings they could be exposed to asbestos
- A lack of supervision in a chemistry lab can lead to accidents with chemicals
- Wet stairs are always a hazard, not just for children
These are just a few suggestions of the types of accidents that can happen in schools, but of course it is not just the children that can be injured through no fault of their own.
The school as the employer
Schools and nurseries, like all employers in the UK have a legal duty to protect the health and safety of their staff, and of course this is not just the teaching staff. Schools also employ kitchen staff, cleaners and administrative staff. Schools have the extra responsibility of protecting the health and safety of the children as well, and if they fail in their duty, and anyone is injured in an accident at a nursery or school, they could have to face a personal injury claim in Bridgend, if the injured party decides to make a claim against them.
The effects of making a claim against a school
The school will not want any personal injury claims made against them as compensation can affect the amount of funding they receive. But sometime this has to be done, if only to make them more aware of their duty so that they take care that more staff or children are not injured in the future.
Your child can make a claim later
There is a time limit for making a personal injury claim in Bridgend of three years from the date of the accident, unless the injured party was below 18 at the time of the accident. In this situation, if a parent or guardian does not make a claim at the time of the accident, the child has three years from the date of their 18th birthday to make a claim.
Making a claim for you child
The easiest way to make a claim on your child’s behalf is to enlist the help of Accident Advice Helpline. We understand how things like this can upset a child, and will endeavour to keep it as stress free as possible for them, as we do for all innocent victims of accidents. We will try to ensure that the claim is settled before it goes to court. Very few of our claimants ever set foot in a courtroom, and it is particularly import for children not to have to go through the experience.