Accident claims at school have hit the news again after a Freedom of Information Act request showed more than £3million has been paid out over the last five years from just three cities.
Manchester, Birmingham and Greater London have paid out a combined total of £3.3million in compensation claims for injuries that have taken place within the school grounds.
£10k+ has been paid out for more serious claims that include broken bones and severed fingers.
As these claims only relate to a handful of UK cities it’s estimated that the bill across Britain is likely to include millions more.
Birmingham was the safest of the three cities with just under 200k being paid out to claimants. London and Manchester both paid out just over £1.5million. Surprisingly Manchester and London both had a similar number of pay-outs despite a greater number of schools in the London area.
Accident Claims guru Josh Donn questioned how health and safety was being managed at schools across the cities “It’s clear that the safety of children in schools is not being managed effectively. Funding needs to be given to schools to improve the overall safety as the taxpayer is ultimately paying the price shelling out on compensation claims. The majority of compensation claims we see involving schools could have been easily avoided if the children were monitored more effectively. Inevitably children are always going to have accidents but it’s imperative that local councils take responsibility for the safety measures put in place in schools across their boroughs. In the recent Freedom of Information Request once child received over £6,000 after they were burnt on chemicals during a class – a clear example of an injury that could have been prevented with giving the staff better training.”
One child received £13,500 after a tile fell off the school roof hitting them on the head. Critics argue that if the general maintenance in a school was improved it could cut down accident claims by at least 30%.
Has your child been subject to an accident at school that was due to the failings of a staff member? Accident Claims have a specialist team that can give you reliable claims advice if your child has been injured at school.