Has your child had an accident at school?
Unfortunately, accidents in schools are all too common, but if your child has had an accident at school that was not their own fault then you may be able to make an injury claim in Markfield on their behalf.
What sort of accidents at school would create an injury claim in Markfield ?
Any number of things could go wrong while you child is in the school buildings or grounds, such as:
- They could slip or trip on a footpath that has not been properly maintained;
- They could fall down wet stairs, or stair could have a broken handrail;
- There could be damaged desks or chairs that they are hurt on;
- In older buildings, they could be exposed to asbestos;
- They could have been asked to carry heavy objects;
- They could have been injured playing sport;
- They could have contracted food poisoning; or
- They could be assaulted or attacked.
If any of these things happen to them and it was not their fault, there is cause for an injury claim in Markfield.
What does your child need to do when the accident happens?
They should report their accident to a teacher or someone else in authority. This is for two reasons — first, so the school can remove whatever the hazard is to avoid it happening to another child, and second, schools have to record all accidents in an accident book.
If your child has a mobile phone on them, it’s not a bad idea for them to take photos of where the accident happened and what caused it. If anyone else was around at the time of the accident, find out their names — witnesses are always useful in making a claim.
How do we make an accident claim?
In most cases it will be the school that is responsible, and they will be insured for such eventualities. In the case of them being assaulted or attacked, it depends on the amount of teacher supervision – if there were no teachers around when there should have been, it could still be the school’s responsibility. There is also the chance that this sort of attack would involve the police, then it may be criminal injuries compensation claimed.
The easiest and least stressful way for you to make a claim on behalf of your child is to let Accident Advice Helpline do it for you. It is unlikely that you or your child would have to attend court, and there are a lot of cases that we can deal with over the phone. We have the expertise needed to deal with these types of claims and to ensure that your child receives the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Contact us on our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, and speak to one of our friendly advisors. They will guide you through the process and deal with the situation efficiently.
Date Published: 22nd August 2013