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My Child Was Injured On A School Trip, Can I Claim Compensation? – How To Claim For A School Trip Personal Injury? – Who Is At Fault?

My child was injured on a school trip can I claim compensation? If your child is injured on a school trip due to the negligence or error of a third party who have allowed their duty of care to lapse which consequently caused the accident then your child may be eligible for compensation damages. Here at Legal Expert, we have helped many personal injury victims to secure compensation. We have the expertise to deal with many child personal injury cases as we have specialists who have been in the field for at least 3 decades. The one important thing we look for when assessing a case for compensation is whether the accident could have been prevented and the injuries avoided. You can give us a call on 0800 073 8804 to discuss the circumstances of your case. However, before you do so, continue reading if you want to find out more about the claiming process. 

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A Guide To Claiming Compensation If A Child Is Injured On A School Trip

School trip accident injury claims

School trip accident injury claims

Suffering an injury can be upsetting, but seeing your child cope with one could be even worse. If your child injured on a school trip, you may be feeling very stressed and upset at the moment. It can be difficult to think about making a personal injury claim. After all, you may have a million other things on your mind regarding your child’s well-being. However, making a claim for a child negligently injured on school outing could mean compensation could ensure that you and your family do not have to worry about finances while helping your child through the recovery process. In this guide, we have provided information on different aspect of the claiming process. We will try to answer the pressing questions you may have. These include what can I do if my child is hurt at school? My child was injured on a school trip can I claim compensation? We will also help you to understand the amount of compensation that your child may be entitled to, as well as what happens to this money, i.e. whether you or your child will receive it. Aside from this, we will explain the steps to take when making a claim and how schools may deal with accidents. If you still have any questions by the time you finish reading this guide, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for some more information.

Examples Of How A Child Could Be Injured On A School Trip

Accidents both to adults and children potentially could happen anywhere as there are different hazards that could cause accidents to happen. In order to have eligibility to be able to pursue a claim for compensation a third party must be liable through negligence for the harm suffered. It must be proven that a third party owed a duty of care and breached it directly causing the accident which resulted in an injury. Below we have included potential scenarios of how and why a child may be injured or made ill on a school trip;

  • Food poisoning – If a child consumes food while on a school trip that causes an upset stomach or food poisoning we always strongly recommend getting a medical diagnosis if you intend to pursue a claim for damages.
  • Slips, trips, and falls – This could happen anywhere on a school trip and could be the result of a wet floor that has no warning signs, upturned carpets or uneven floors causing a trip hazard or hazardous obstacles that should be placed more securely.
  • Sporting accidents -It is vital that when children are partaking in any type of sporting activity they are supervised and also trained to be able to do the activity safely.
  • Poor supervision – If children are not supervised at all times when on a school trip especially small children accidents could potentially happen if they manage to get themselves in to dangerous circumstances.
  • Bus accidents – If your child is injured while being transferred by a bus or another vehicle due to this vehicle being involved in an accident then they may be eligible for compensation.

These are just mere examples of reason why a child may become ill or injured on a school trip. If you are unsure as to whether the circumstances in which your child became injured while on a school trip qualifies them for a compensation claim call our expert specialists today and they will be able to tell you who if anyone is liable for the harm caused.

When Is The School Responsible For Your Child’s Safety?

When a child is at school, school management is responsible for ensuring your child has a danger-free environment and that their health and safety is protected. But, what about when your child is on a school trip? Well, your child is still in the school’s responsibility, and therefore, they need to ensure that all of the required steps are taken to protect your child. Before choosing a school trip location, a risk assessment must be carried out. All of the potential risks need to be identified so that the school can determine whether the trip is suitable and they are able to put steps in place to reduce the risks, for example, ensuring there are the right number of supervisors.

When Is The School At Fault For An Accident Or An Injury?

When compared with adults, children are naturally less aware of hazards that cause accidents which result in injuries. Therefore, this means that extra care needs to be taken when safeguarding children from potential dangers. It is important that when children are on school trips that the ratio to adults for that particular age group is correct so that children can be supervised correctly. When partaking in higher risk activities it should be taken on board that more adult to children ratio should be increased. The issue of liability is often centred around supervision if a child is being supervised correctly then they are less likely to come to harm.  A school may become liable for an injury to child if it can be proven that their duty of care lapsed which directly caused the child to be harmed.

My Child Had An Accidents On Holiday With The School, Are They Eligible For Compensation?

Nowadays, a lot of schools may take their students on trips overseas. This may relate to secondary school children as well as primary. Most schools may give students the option of at least one trip abroad during their secondary school years. If your child has been injured in another country, the last thing that may be on your mind is whether or not you can claim compensation on their behalf. However, within time you may consider making such compensation claims. How the accident was caused, how the holiday was booked, whether it could have been prevented, whether the injury was avoidable and if a third party was responsible will all be important factors when assessing if a claim could be made. If you are unsure as to whether child injured on school outing compensation applies in your child’s case please contact us today for further advice.

My Child Had An Accident At The School Entrance Who Is Responsible?

Depending on where exactly the accident happened, whether on school grounds or just out side the school perimeter will play a key factor on who may be responsible for the accident that happened which lead to an injury. Also in order to pursue a compensation claim the accident which caused the injury must be the responsibility of a third party that owed the child a duty of care. If incident happened within the school’s premises and it is proven that the accident which subsequently lead to the harm was caused by the negligence on the school then a claim may be pursue for compensation. If the accident happened outside the school premises and could not have been prevented by the school in anyway then they will not be liable for any harm suffered. 

What Could A Parent Or Adult Claim On Behalf Of A Child?

When pursuing a claim for a child whether injured on school premises, on a school trip or just in general there are different types of damages a personal injury solicitor may include in the claim. Firstly, you may be able to claim for all of the damages that cannot be quantified. This relates to the injuries your child has sustained, both physical and psychological. Of course, it is impossible to put a monetary figure on this. However, an amount will be figured out based on the medical report that the doctor has put together. The severity of your child’s original injury will be considered, as well as the impact the injury is having on your child’s life and the long-term prognosis. Aside from this, you have those damages that can be quantified, which are known as special damages. This could be anything from the loss of income you have experienced personally while looking after your child to care costs, travel expenses, and child medical costs if any.

Personal Injury Compensation Calculator

Each and every case of personal injury compensation is unique so it is extremely difficult to give an estimate without knowing the full details of the case. You could use a personal injury claims calculator or even a more specific tool like a child injury compensation calculator. One thing that we think is advisable is to take a look at the guideline published in the Judicial College as these guidelines are used by the Courts, solicitors and insurers when calculating general damages. We have compiled this information in the table below. If you cannot see the specific injury your child experienced, please do not hesitate to give us a call for more information. We would be more than happy to talk you through typical amounts child injured on a school trip.

Type Of InjuryCompensation Amounts Notes
Moderate Neck Injuries £2,150 - £3,810Soft tissue injuries that will fully recover in 3 to 12 months.
Fracture of Clavicle £4,520 - £10,730The award will be concentrated on the level of the fracture, disability, symptoms and if there will be any permanent effects.
An Uncomplicated Colles' Fracture.In the region of £6,510Distal forearm fracture in which the radius is bent.
Severe Fractures to Fingers Up to £32,210Fractures to multiple fingers. The amount will be concerned with whether there will be future amputations of the fingers, deformity and impairment of grip.
Moderate Knee Injury £13,010 - £22,960Dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus which results in minor instability, wasting, weakness or other mild future disability.
Moderate Achilles Tendon Injury £11,040 - £18,480Rupture or significant injury to the tendon. The amount awarded will be based on recovery, pain, functionality and any disability.
Moderate Psychological Injuries £5,130 - £16,720A person's ability to be able to function and cope with work, family and other parts of life. Possible future vulnerability. However improvement is expected and future prognosis is good.
Facial Scarring £7,990 - £26,380Significant scarring to the face reduced by plastic surgery leaving cosmetic disability.
Food Poisoning £800 - £3,460 Pain, cramps and diarrhoea continuing for some days or weeks.

What Happens To Compensation Claimed On Behalf Of A Child?

When a parent or guardian of a child makes a compensation claim on their behalf, if the case is successful then the settlement will be held by the court until the child turns 18. In some circumstances the court may allow the child to access funds if the parent or guardian write to the court with a specific request for the child.

No Win No Fee Claims If Your Child Was Injured On A School Trip

My child was injured on a school trip can I claim compensation if I don’t have any money? By using a No Win No Fee solicitor you will not be expected to pay any fees up front, while we are in the process of the claim we will not ask for any fees, if we do not win you any compensation we will not ask you for any fee for us. If we are successful we retain a percentage of the compensation and the remainder is yours or the child’s in this scenario.

How To Start A Claim If Your Child Was Injured On A School Trip?

Many people may not take the action to make a child injured on school outing claim because they might anticipate the experience to be a stressful one. However, this is only usually the case if you’re not armed with all the information you need in order to ensure things go as smoothly as possible. With this in mind, below are some top tips for ensuring a more straight forward claim process…

We always advise that anyone who is injured in an accident seeks medical attention. We are not providing medical advice but we do advise this as it will leave a medical evidence trail if you decide to pursue a claim.

We also advise using an experienced and well knowledgeable law firm. Here at Legal Expert we will handle your case for you if we believe it is a valid claim. We have a free legal advice helpline available. Our helpline number is 0800 073 8804. We’re open 24/7, so you can call us any time. You will speak to one of our experienced advisors who will answer all of your pressing concerns. They will also match you to a no win no fee solicitor to have your claim processed. We aim to make the process of claiming much simpler and less stressful for you.

Ensure that the incident has been reported correctly so that evidence of it happening is available. Keep receipts and any bank statements that show any financial losses.

How To Contact Our Experts

If you want to seek child injured on school outing compensation for your child, here are the reasons why Legal Expert could be the right option for you.

  1. Free Legal Helpline – It doesn’t cost a penny to get in touch with us. You can ring our free legal helpline and you will speak to one of our polite and efficient advisors. They will provide you with all the information you need to know, including whether you have the basis for a good personal injury claim.
  2. No Win No Fee – If we believe you are likely to receive compensation if your child has been injured on a school trip, we will provide a no win no fee personal injury solicitor. Not only does this ensure you benefit from a high level of quality legal representation, but you eliminate the financial risk that is associated with going down the traditional route.
  3. Experienced Firm – Legal Expert has all of the experience required to pursue a successful case. We were established many years ago, and have helped thousands of claimants, including school accident victims ever since.
  4. Impeccable Reputation – We encourage you to read the customer testimonials about our company. These should fill you with confidence that we are a great choice for you.

So, if you are ready to make a claim, or you simply want more information because your child was injured on a school trip, you can reach us on 0800 073 8804. There are other ways to get in touch too. This includes our live chat feature or sending an email.

References And Additional Guides

Child injured in a car accident – Our guide to this type of accident covers a variety of different scenarios. It may come in useful.

Playground Claims – If a child were injured in the playground, this guide may be more useful to you.

Edited By Melissa.

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