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Compensation For School Accidents

When you drop your child off at school, you accept that they will sometimes return home with the odd bump or scrape. Children have accidents all the time and sometimes there’s no one to blame.

However, occasionally children are seriously injured at school and it’s natural to question why the accident happened and whether it could’ve been prevented.

Your child’s safety is paramount and schools must adhere to Government guidelines to try and prevent accidents. You may be able to claim for an accident at school if you have experienced the following:

  • Proper checks not being completed on equipment and toys
  • Staff members left to supervise too many children at once
  • Health and safety regulations not being followed in PE classes or games
  • School trip procedures not followed
  • Hazards not being clearly marked or warning sign not displayed correctly.
  • Defective playground equipment or premises.
  • Food Poisoning, poor hygiene in the school cafeteria

Claiming For A Child Who Has Been Injured At School

By their very nature, claims involving children can be very complex and that’s why we’re here to help.

We are aware that a serious injury to a child can affect the whole family. We can provide you with fuss free help to make this stressful time easier, all you need to do is get in touch.

Compensation can help to provide vital health care for a child, whilst also aiding any surgery, physiotherapy or counselling sessions. Settlements can also fund any necessary equipment to improve mobility and provide financial stability to a family looking after a seriously injured child.

Sometimes, injuries can limit a child to learning at home or a child may need extra tuition to catch up with the rest of their class because they’ve had time off. Compensation can provide tuition fees if needed and cover any other costs that may occur.

We also recognise that you may need time off work in order to be by your child’s side while they recover. Compensation can help subsidise your loss of earnings so you can spend more time providing care.

If you’re thinking of making a claim for a school related accident, we suggest you speak to a personal injury expert as soon as possible. Children’s injuries can be stimulated by growth so it’s best to have finances secured as a precautionary measure for further treatment.

How Irwin Mitchell Can Help With A School Accident Claim

Our personal injury solicitors are experts in child accident claims and can help you to claim compensation for the injuries your child has suffered at school.

Once we’ve negotiated a settlement, the compensation amount will be held in the Court Funds Office until the child reaches 18.  However, we can also provide investment advice to help with the allocation of funds and create a personal injury trust for your child’s future.

School Injury Claims Information

It is important that you are aware that there is a maximum period of time in which you are able to pursue your claim on behalf of your child. This is known as a ‘limitation period’ and for most personal injury cases there is a three year limitation period from the date of the accident. However, a child has three years from their 18th birthday to make a claim meaning proceedings must have commenced before the child’s 21st birthday for the Court to accept the claim.

Contact Us Today To Claim For An Injury At School

If your child has suffered an injury as the result of an accident at school, contact us online and we will get back to you regarding your claim.


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The above information relates to the law in England and Wales.

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