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How Much Can I Claim If My Child Has An Accident At School?

By Megan Black. Last Updated 30th November 2023. In this guide, we aim to answer the question, ‘My child has been injured at school, who is responsible and could we make a claim?’

Within this guide, we will discuss the duty of care your child is owed while they are at school and the criteria that must be met in order to make an accident at school claim. Furthermore, we will share examples of how accidents in schools could occur. This guide will also explain how compensation is calculated for successful personal injury claims. Finally, this guide concludes by looking at the various benefits of making a claim with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.

If your child has been injured at school, and you would like to check whether you could make a personal injury claim on their behalf, you can continue reading this guide. You can also contact our advisors today to receive free advice. They can be reached by:

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Who Is Responsible For Child Safety At A School?

You might be wondering, ‘if my child is injured at school, who is responsible?’ Under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, schools must take reasonable steps to promote the safety and welfare of children.

Furthermore, as outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, a duty of care is placed on those in control of school premises to ensure that visitors, including children, are reasonably safe whilst using the premises.

In order to make a valid accident at school claim, you must establish that a duty of care that was owed to your child was breached. And as a result of this breach of duty of care, your child was injured or suffered harm. 

Additionally, you will need to gather evidence that can demonstrate the school’s negligence and any injuries your child has sustained. Without any supporting evidence, your claim could be dismissed by the court.

You should also begin a claim on behalf of your child before the limitation period expires. This is typically three years from the date your child was injured, however the time limit is frozen until their 18th birthday. If you don’t make a claim on their behalf before this time, they can pursue a claim themselves and have until their 21st birthday to do so.

Continue reading to find out how accidents in a school could happen. Alternatively, speak to our advisors to learn more about connecting with our expert personal injury solicitors.

How Do Accidents Happen In Schools?

Accidents involving children are incredibly difficult to prevent. It is the nature of children to be unaware of dangers and prone to ill-judged actions. However, this is not to say that the risk of accident cannot be minimised.

Knowing the accidents at school procedures, such as the health and safety regulations, can be very helpful when evaluating a case. In the same regard, knowing how accidents happen at a school can be just as useful when you’re trying to prevent them. If you would like to learn more, we’ve put together a list of the most common accidents at school:

  • Slips, trips, and falls which can be caused by loose handrails or a failure to clear pavement and pathways. Also, defective pavement causing tripping on pavement injuries.
  • Accidents involving play equipment, potentially caused by inadequate supervision or defective equipment.
  • Injuries caused by dangerous school buildings, playgrounds, and walkways.
  • Injuries sustained as a result of unsafe school equipment, such as desks and chairs.
  • Accidents which occur as a result of playing sports in school.
  • Food poisoning caused by improper food preparation or tainted food.

As well as this, we have also seen many cases of a school bus accident injury claim, wherein the bus is the location of the accident. We will cover this in greater detail below. It’s important that the threat to a child’s safety is reduced as much as possible when they are at school. If your child has suffered an injury due to one of the incidents listed above – or any other circumstance – then you may have a legitimate claim for compensation.

How To Start A School Accident Compensation Claim

When making an accident at school claim on behalf of your child, you will need to collect evidence that proves the school was liable for the accident, and the extent of your child’s injuries.

Some examples of the evidence that could be collected to support your case include:

  • Any video footage that captured your child’s accident, such as from CCTV.
  • Medical evidence regarding your child’s injuries, such as a copy of their medical records.
  • The contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident so that they can provide a statement later into the claiming process.
  • Photographs of any visible injuries your child suffered, such as cuts or bruises.
  • Evidence of any financial losses you have suffered due to your child’s injuries. For example, if you have required someone to care for your child, a copy of their invoice could be used as evidence.

Contact our advisors today to discuss your case. They may connect you with one of our solicitors who could help you with gathering evidence.

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Compensation For An Injury At School – How Are Claims Calculated?

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim against a school on behalf of your child, your compensation settlement could include general and special damages.

If the claim is successful, general damages will be awarded to compensate for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by the injury. Many legal professionals will refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for guidance when valuing personal injury claims. This document lists guideline compensation brackets for different types of injuries.

In our table below, we’ve provided some of the figures included in the 16th edition of the JCG. Please only use it as guidance.

InjuryNotesCompensation Bracket
Severe Ankle InjuriesIn this bracket, the injuries required an extensive treatment period and a lengthy amount of time in plaster or pins and plates inserted. There is significant residual disability such as ankle instability.£31,310 to £50,060
Less Severe Arm InjuryIn this bracket, the claimant suffered significant disabilities. However, a substantial recovery has taken place or is expected.£19,200 to £39,170
Moderate Back Injury (ii)The award will consider the severity of the initial injury, pain level, extent of required treatment both past and future, the impact the symptoms have on the injured party's ability to function as well as prognosis.£12,510 to £27,760
Less Serious Leg Injuries (ii)In this bracket, the injured party has suffered a simple fracture to the femur without damage to the articular surfaces.£9,110 to £14,080
Facial Disfigurement - Less Significant ScarringIn this bracket, there is either one scar or a number of very small scars. The injured party has a marred appearance with a psychological reaction that is no more than an ordinarily sensitive person.£3,950 to £13,740
Minor Head InjuryIn this bracket, the injured party will have minimal, if any brain damage. The award considers initial injury severity, recovery time, extent of continuing symptoms and if they have headaches.£2,210 to £12,770
Moderate and Minor Elbow InjuriesThe bracket includes injuries that don't cause permanent damage or functioning impairments. The award considers recovery time. Up to £12,590
Index Finger FractureIn this bracket, the fracture, although mended quickly, has impaired grips and there is pain on heavy use. Osteoarthritis is likely in the future.£9,110 to £12,240
Clavicle FractureThe award considers the extent of the fracture, disability level, residual symptoms, whether they are temporary or permanent and whether the union is displaced.£5,150 to £12,240
Wrist (f)The injured party suffered a very minor undisplaced or minimally displaced fracture or soft tissue injury. Recovery, either full or virtually full, takes place within 12 months or so.£3,530 to £4,740

Special Damages

Additionally, special damages may also be awarded. This is to compensate for financial losses caused by the injury. However, in order to claim special damages, you will need to provide evidence of these financial losses, such as bank statements and receipts.

Some examples of what could be claimed for under special damages include:

  •  Carer costs for additional care needs, whether carried out by family or a professional.
  • Loss of earnings for time spent off work looking after your child.
  • The cost of accommodation adaptations, such as installing a ramp if your child needs a wheelchair.
  • Travel costs, such as taxi fares to attend medical appointments.

You can get in touch with our advisors to learn what compensation for an injury at school could be claimed on behalf of your child.

No Win No Fee School Injury Claims

One of our solicitors could help you with making an accident at school claim on behalf of your child, provided you meet the correct eligibility requirements. Additionally, they may offer their services to you under the terms of a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement.

Some of the benefits to making a claim with a solicitor under this arrangement include:

  • Not having to pay your solicitor anything upfront for them to begin working on your case.
  • Not having to pay them for their services while your claim is ongoing.
  • Should your claim fail, you will not pay them for the work they have provided.

Alternatively, should they succeed with your claim, you will pay them a success fee. This is a legally capped percentage deducted from your compensation.

To see if you could be eligible to work with one of our solicitors, you can contact our advisors today. They can also help answer any additional questions you may still have regarding personal injury claims for accidents in schools.

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