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Personal Injury Compensation Claims for Accidents at School

Introduction to Accidents at School, Nursery, College or University
  Injured at College, Nursery, School or University
How do I know if I qualify to make a compensation claim?
  I have been injured at school, but can I make a claim?
I have had an accident at school, what should I do next?
  What should I do after my accident at school?
School Accident Compensation Claims we have dealt with
  Clients we have helped with their School Accident Compensation Claims
News Stories we have published about Accident in School claims we have dealt with
  Clients we have helped after they were injured at school
School Accident Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start a claim for School Accident Compensation

Introduction to Accidents at School, Nursery, College or University

Injured at College, Nursery, School or University

Unfortunately, accidents in nurseries, schools, colleges and universities are fairly common and at Thompsons Solicitors, we are approached by parents whose children have been injured, students themselves who have suffered injuries, teachers who have been injured as well as other visitors to the school premises such as parents or delivery drivers who have suffered injuries.

If you or your child is injured at school and the accident was someone else's fault, you may be able to make an accident compensation claim.

Some of the most common types of claims we deal with relating to accident at schools include cases where people have:

  • slipped or tripped within the school building or school grounds
  • been injured by defective equipment such as chairs, desks or play equipment
  • been exposed to asbestos within the school building and have developed an asbestos related disease
  • been asked to lift or carry heavy objects without the correct training or equipment
  • been injured in a sports accident
  • contracted food poisoning

We also receive a lot of enquiries from people who have been assaulted or attacked whilst at school; however we can only deal with compensation claims for this type of incident in certain circumstances.  Feel free to contact us with details of your specific case and we can let you know if it is something we can help you with.

You can reach us on 08000 224 224 or by completing one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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How do I know if I qualify to make a compensation claim?

I have been injured at school, but can I make a claim?

If you or your child has an accident and suffers a personal injury whilst at school, which was not their fault, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.

For example, a personal injury compensation claim may be possible if a person trips or slips on a footpath within the school, which has not been properly maintained, leaving it in a dangerous condition. It would also be possible to make a personal injury compensation claim someone was injured by a defective piece of equipment in the school such as a broken chair which collapses or a sharp-edged desk which cut into someone.  There should always be sufficient staff on duty to properly supervise and control the activities of the children or students.

If you are in doubt about whether or not you are entitled to claim compensation you can always contact Thompsons Solicitors for legal advice.  Once we take a few details from you about what has happened, we can let you know if it is something we think we can help you with.  You can reach us on 0800 7830266 or by completing one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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I have had an accident at school, what should I do next?

What should I do after my accident at school?

To make a successful personal injury compensation claim, you would need to prove that another person was responsible for your personal injury (in this case, the college, nursery, school or university where the accident happened).

To help your case, you should report the accident to a teacher or another person of authority at the time, make a note of your accident in the accident book, take names and addresses of witnesses to the accident and if possible take photographs of the area where the accident happened. In cases involving defective pavements, we would recommend that you take your photographs with a ruler shown in them to show how deep / high the defect was.

If you are intending to claim expenses such as prescription costs and travelling expenses, remember to keep receipts as evidence.

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School Accident Compensation Claims we have dealt with

Clients we have helped with their School Accident Compensation Claims

  • Penelope Ashmore was working at a school in East London when her accident happened.  She was walking along a pathway in the school grounds when she tripped on a cracked paving slab and fell. She sustained injuries to her face, right leg and knee and with help from Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors she recovered £2,400 compensation.An extract from her thank you letter read "I am writing to confirm receipt of the settlement cheque and to especially thank you for all of the hard and continued work / support you afforded me throughout the whole ... process.  Wishing you continued success and happiness in your career.  My sincere thanks to you once again".
  • A Teaching Assistant from Essex was injured at work in a Primary School.  She was walking across a grassed area of the playground when she stepped into an obscured pothole.  She suffered a broken ankle and decided to make a claim against her employers with help from Thompsons Solicitors' specialist personal injury lawyers.  She received £4,000 compensation and an extract of her thank you letter read "I want to thank all of you for the way you worked hard to settle my claim.  The solicitors were always available to explain any points I was not sure of.  Nothing was too much trouble whether it was wording I did not understand or a worry about going to Court".

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News Stories we have published about Accident in School claims we have dealt with

Clients we have helped after they were injured at school

In the past we have published news stories on our website about people we have helped after they have been injured in colleges, nurseries, schools and universities.  To read a selection, follow the links below or to read all of our news stories, visit our News Desk.

Negligent employer liable for school worker’s slip, says UNISON

School worker compensated after suffering from bromine poisoning

College lecturer compensated after fingers damaged by faulty window

School Caretaker compensated after faulty window causes accident

Electrician left unable to work

Injured GMB member threatened with the sack after pursuing compensation

Nursery worker forced to change career after accident is compensated

Compensation for nursery officer crushed by falling metal door

Union calls for more funding to help space shortage in schools

Grandmother saved pupils from being crushed by faulty climbing frame

Health and safety issues in a Middlesbrough primary school force the Council to pay damages to an injured kitchen assistant

£13,000 damages for security officer injured during burglary at a Manchester University launderette

Woman injured at work protecting baby in arms

Kent groundsman secures compensation after losing a limb in an accident

Sunderland boy faced with locked school gate wins damages for losing part of finger

Machete attack children finally win compensation

If you or your child has been injured in an accident at school, nursery, college or university you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

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School Accident Compensation Claim Advice

How to start a claim for School Accident Compensation

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or illness whilst at school, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim.  For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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