Does your child involved in a school accident?
All schools have a duty of care to ensure that their pupils are safe and that all parents and visitors to the site are protected from any risks to their health or wellbeing. Should the school fail in this duty of care and you suffer an injury or loss, it is important to initiate your claim as soon as possible to maximise the strength of your case and secure the compensation you deserve.
What Type of School Accidents Can I Claim for?
School accident claims can be made following a wide variety of incidents that result in an illness, injury or loss for your child or family. The key point to remember is that the school must have been at fault for the accident. Some of the most common reasons for people to request the help of a solicitor in relation to school accident cases include:
- A slip, trip or fallon school grounds
- Playground accidents such as falling from climbing frames
- School bus accidents
- Injuries caused through children being asked to lift or carry heavy equipment
- Injuries caused by the use of faulty or dangerous equipment
- Sports or P.E related accidents
- Illnesses caused by poorly prepared school food.
- Asbestos related claims, whereby children have been exposed to asbestos in old buildings.
School accident claims are not limited to school children. Anybody who suffers an injury while on school premises due to negligence may be eligible to make a claim. It may be possible to make a claim for injuries caused through attacks and violence between children, though these claims may fall into different areas of law
What Should I do if I or my Child has an Accident at School?
If you or child has an accident at school or a nursery accident, it is important to report the incident to a member of staff as soon as possible. The accident should be recorded as per school policy and this will form the basis of evidence for your claim. It can also be helpful to collect any relevant evidence, such as contact details of witnesses, photographic evidence and reports from the school.
To be eligible to make a claim, your child will need to have suffered an injury as a result of the incident. It will therefore be necessary for you to seek medical attention following the accident. This medical evidence can then be used by your lawyer to help build a successful claim for personal injury against the school at fault.
If your claim relates to defective or poorly managed school equipment or buildings, it is a good idea for you to take photographic evidence of the offending items if possible. If appropriate, use a ruler to highlight issues such as raised flooring or ill-fitted wall hangings, as this can also help to prove the liability of the school for breaching their duty of care.
Should you aim to claim back the costs of medical treatment and prescriptions related to the injuries suffered from the school accident, it is important to remember to keep receipts and invoices as they will be necessary in order to be reimbursed.
Call us to Help you with your Case
Claims for school accidents should be made as soon as possible in order to ensure that time limits are observed and evidence and memories are accessible. All personal injury claims must be made within three years from the accident date in order to be an eligible claim for compensation.
However, if the child is claiming themselves and they were under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, the three year period begins on the date that the child turns 18. So effectively they would have until their 21st birthday before any potential injury claim would become time barred. Call Roxell Richards Law Firm and we’ll be happy to assist you on your case at no cost(free consultation).