There are over 10 million children of school age in the UK. Schools are, on the whole, safe and stimulating environments where children can learn and fulfil their full potential. Some children even enjoy going to school! However, they are also the location of many accidents involving youngsters. We all know how accident prone children can be and getting minor injuries is just a part of growing up.
Nevertheless, some school accidents are actually very serious and are always someone’s fault. If your child has been hurt in an accident that was not their fault you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf. The most common questions relating to school accident claims are listed here.
Where do school accidents happen?
Accidents can happen in nurseries, primary schools and high schools in the public and private sector. They can also happen in special schools that provide for children with physical limitations or learning difficulties. Accidents can occur in any part of the school building or in the playground and on sports fields. Accidents can happen on school outings, field trips and excursions and these can result in complicated school accident claims.
What sort of accidents happen in school?
Children can slip, trip or fall when in school. This may be someone else’s fault if, for example, a dangerous area was not guarded properly. Defective equipment, including electrical equipment, can also harm children. Schools have some hazardous substances like cleaning chemicals and if these are not used or stored correctly then children can be hurt, either by getting them on their skin or inhaling noxious vapours.
Sports injuries can also happen and a school accident claim can be made if it can be shown that the accident was caused by inadequate instruction or supervision. Unfortunately, assaults and attacks do also take place on school premises. When children are out and about, road traffic accidents are also a possibility.
What sorts of injuries can children suffer?
Children can suffer a wide range of injuries in accidents in school. These can include:
- Head injuries
- Broken arms
- Fractured ankles
- Spinal injuries
- Cuts and scrapes
- Burns and scalds
Some injuries are more serious because they have happened to a child. Children can, for example, damage the growth plate of their bones and this will affect how the bone grows and develops over the coming years.
How do you start school accident claims?
Many people start their claims by calling a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. They have a broad range of experience in all types of school accident claims and will be able to guide you through the process. You will be allocated a personal injury lawyer who will work for you on a no win, no fee* basis so you will not have to pay a large upfront sum in legal fees. You can call their team on freephone 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.