When parents drop their children off at school each day, they should not have to worry about them being exposed to unnecessary dangers. Whilst most parents accept than accidents can happen, where a serious injury has been sustained by their child at school, parents will often question the circumstances surrounding the accident and whether there were adequate supervision/safety precautions in place.
Schools have a duty of care to their pupils and due to the fact that children cannot be expected to be fully capable of taking care of their own safety, it is the school’s responsibility to ensure that necessary precautions are in place to prevent accidents from happening. As such, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation following a child’s accident at school.
For more information or for a free of charge initial discussion about how to go about making a compensation claim against a school, call one of our expert children injury solicitors on 0125 460 6090. Alternatively, you can email us and a personal injury solicitor will call you back.
Accidents and Injuries at School
The most common causes of children’s accidents in schools are:
- A trip or slip within the school building or grounds (caused by uneven or wet flooring)
- Defective equipment such as chairs and desks
- Defective equipment in the playground
- Sports / gym accidents
- Inadequate supervision in a science lab or cooking class
Where an accident has occurred through the fault of the school, Farleys Solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation on behalf of your child. In most cases it will be the Local Education Authority that is ultimately responsible for the actions of the school.
Parents who pursue compensation claims for accidents their children have suffered at school often have concerns regarding the on-going relationship with the school and its staff. Our team of personal injury solicitors are highly experienced in dealing with school injury claims and will deal with the matter sensitively.
Claiming Compensation on Behalf of a child
Children under the age of eighteen are required to have a ‘litigation friend’ to act on their behalf if they wish to make a claim. This must be an adult (usually a parent, other relative or friend).
If you wish to act on behalf of your child or a child close to you, all that is required is that you have the capacity to do so and that your intention s are in the best interests of the child. If a child has been injured in an accident at school, it may be in his or her best interest to claim compensation in the long term.
Contact a School Accident Claim Solicitor
Wherever possible, Farleys will take on school accident claims on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, meaning that you will be able to pursue a compensation claim, handled by an experienced and fully qualified solicitor, at no cost. Any compensation award settled in your claim will be passed to you in its entirety.
For free initial advice on pursuing a school accident compensation claim, call us on 0125 460 6090 or email us and a solicitor will contact you.