It is certainly true that there are more pupils in a school than adults. You would expect, therefore, that the majority of accidents would be suffered by children, and to a certain extent this is true. However, the adults in a school environment can also suffer accidents that were not their own fault, and if this were to occur in the Golders Green area then they may want to start a school claim with an injury claim solicitor in Golders Green. Here’s how.
Accidents can occur in all parts of the school premises and when school parties are out on school trips or visits. The school kitchen is an obvious location for burns, scalds and cuts. The school office could be the scene of an electrocution by one of the range of electrical appliances that are used, such as computers, faxes and laminators. The school maintenance team could fall from ladders or be hurt by equipment. Any member of staff could hurt themselves in a manual handling accident or in a slip, trip or fall.
Who was at fault
This is a key factor in school claims. In personal injury claims, you make the claim from the person or organisation at fault. If the accident happened at work (schools are places of work for many people), then the claim may be made from the employer. They can be found to be at fault if they failed to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the employee. This can be done by:
- Failing to carry out risk assessments;
- Failing to provide adequate training and supervision;
- Failing to provide personal protective equipment;
- Failing to maintain the fabric of the building in a safe condition;
- Failing to provide appropriate equipment for a task; or
- Failing to check that all equipment is working and maintained correctly.
Documenting the injury
A personal injury claim can only be successful if there is an injury. It will be necessary to prove that the injury existed. This will partly be achieved by your statement, but it is also important to get medical attention for your injury so that it will be documented in your medical records. It is always sensible to seek appropriate medical attention for an injury to make sure that there are no complications and that you are treating it correctly yourself. You will also need to have a medical assessment report prepared on your injuries, which will be arranged by your personal injury solicitor.
Making the first move with an injury claim solicitor in Golders Green
Once you have decided that you wish to make a school claim with an injury claim solicitor in Golders Green, if you just want to chat about it then the best people to ring are Accident Advice Helpline. You can ring us whenever you want and discuss your case with our friendly advisers. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for free.
Date Published: 17th November 2013
Author: David Brown