When you think about a personal injury claim, one of the last places that you would connect it to is a school. In fact, a claim can arise in a school in exactly the same way as it can arise in workplaces and commercial buildings. The similarities between school injury claims and other claims is outlined here.
School claim as a workplace claim
Schools are workplaces in the same way as offices shops and factories are. Teachers, teaching assistants and administrative staff have similar working environments to office-based workers. The school maintenance staff face exactly the same hazards and risks as maintenance staff in other buildings. The cleaners in a school building could be injured in exactly the same way as cleaners in offices and shops. Finally, the staff working in the school kitchen face the same risks as staff working in other commercial kitchens.
The employer of these workers has a duty of care to protect their health, safety and welfare when they are at work to prevent claims from being pursued. The employer has to do this by having a comprehensive system of risk assessments and health and safety policies in place. The procedures have to be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they are working. The employer may be a public or private sector organisation.
If you have been injured in a school-based accident that was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim. All you have to do is call Accident Advice Helpline and speak to our highly trained, professional advisers. They will allocate you a personal injury claim solicitor in Goathland with particular expertise in school claims and guide you through the legal process of making a claim.
School claims as a pupil
It is not only the staff who can get injured in a school environment. The organisation that operates the school also has a duty of care towards the pupils. They could be injured because a part of the building is unsafe or because of a lack of supervision. The fabric of the school building has to be regularly checked and maintained to make sure that it does not present a hazard. If children are taken out of school to participate in a trip or an activity, a risk assessment has to be carried out so that all potential hazards are identified and controlled. There may be requirements for numbers of adults that are needed to supervise the pupils safely.
If your child has been hurt in an accident that was not their fault in school, it may be possible for you to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline have specialist personal injury lawyers who can handle all of the legal aspects of this type of claim on your behalf.
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Date Published: 17th November 2013
Author: David Brown