When you’re sending your children to school, you’re actually handing over your most precious asset to the school’s administration, in exchange for a guarantee that they will do whatever it takes to keep the children out of harm’s way. All schools have a legal duty of care towards all the students and staff members that are on their premises. There is no doubt that almost all the schools in the UK fulfil their legal duties and they take all the necessary steps to ensure children’s safety, but we still see accidents and mishaps happening. As a parent, you may compromise on any other thing, but never on your child’s health and safety.
If you ever see your child picking up an injury at school and you feel that the school management is to be blamed for this because they did not fulfil the duty of care, you have the right to make a claim against them and earn reward compensation for your child’s suffering.
Different Accidents At School You Can Claim For
Children are full of energy, and while utilizing their exploding energies, they sometimes end up getting injured. Since they don’t put in a lot of thought before doing anything, they are more vulnerable. There are many ways in which your child can be injured and you can make a claim for it, only if the school had a role in the child’s injury. However, you should also know that if your child bumped into someone while running and consequently got injured, this won’t be termed as a claim-worthy accident.
Let’s shed light on some prominent school accidents that you can take to court:
Trips, Slips and Falls In School
Children are always quick to take action. They tend to run and play more, and this is why they fall and trip frequently. It’s not fair to submit a claim for any small injury your child picks up while playing, but if their fall or slip happened because of a slippery/wet floor, broken or ill-maintained staircase, broken path, in such cases you have all the right to claim against the school management.
Schools are always conducting sporting activities. Indoor or outdoor games are a necessary part of their curriculum, as these activities keep a child healthy. However, kids that are mostly involved in outdoor sports always run at a risk of getting injured. Accidents and injuries resulting from outdoor sports, like cricket, football, or volleyball are inevitable. There is really nothing anyone could do to completely take these injuries out of the sport, but they can be substantially minimized if the school management takes the right steps. These measures include hiring proper coaches, providing their students with the right equipment, providing training, and making their grounds or play areas safer. Failing to do so, can make the school management liable for the child’s suffering.
Accident At The Playground
Most of the school accidents occur at the school playground. The majority of these accidents take place because of children’s own carelessness, and the school management can’t be blamed for it. However, there are cases where the school could do better to prevent their students from getting injured. For instance, if the ground wasn’t maintained; there were cracks in the playground equipment, there was a presence of potholes, there’s a high probability of children getting hurt. This will give you a strong reason to claim against the school.
Old And Obsolete Equipment In Classes
It is the school’s responsibility to check and maintain all the equipment in classes, as well as in laboratories. Furniture with sharp and broken edges can cause serious harm. If your child gets hurt because of a sharp edge, you can make a claim against the school.
Start The School Accident Claim Right Away
Personal injury claims aren’t always smooth and straight. Similarly, school accident claims involve a lot of details to be taken care of. Moreover, if you’re deciding to make a claim against the school management, know that they will also have their legal team to fight back. The best approach is to hire a professional and experienced personal injury solicitor to take care of your case.
Here at Wallace Legal, we will connect with one of the most highly-skilled solicitors who know how to handle the matter. They will assist you in gathering all the important evidence and documents to increase your chances of winning the claim. Wallace Legal also offers a free consultation to help you make sure that the claim is viable.