Schools pay out £1.5m in compensation for injuries to children

Over £1.5m has been paid out in compensation to children injured due to ‘basic health and safety failings’ in Greater Manchester schools in the last five years.

The figures were obtained under a Freedom of Information request by the Eccles-based safety experts, Employment Law Advisory Service.

Pay outs by Manchester included slips and trips in playgrounds, fingers trapped in doors and behind radiators, children falling out of climbing frames, and accidents involving defective school equipment.

In total there were 255 successful personal injury claims across the county against schools - more than Greater London and Birmingham combined.

ELAS’ lead health and safety consultant, Wayne Dunning, said: “These figures are shocking and clearly not enough is being done to protect children in schools from what are, in the main, preventable accidents.

“Health and safety is not being managed properly in the education sector and this is costing taxpayers millions, not only in direct compensation, but also additional hidden costs from administration.

“It’s clear from the nature of the accidents that many areas are being overlooked by school managers and teachers, not through any fault of their own, but because they haven’t received the necessary training required to identify the potential risks and hazards that may prevent an accident.

“These are quite basic health and safety failings and the government needs to invest more in training.”

Claims if your child is injured in school

Children are always finding ways to hurt themselves, whether they mean to or not, but when this happens in school due to a lack of health and safety then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that your child is provided with a safe environment and that they are protected from harm, so if you believe this has not been the case and that negligence has occurred, then a claim could be your best option.

Will Manners Pimblett be able to help?

If your child has been left with injuries as a result of poor health and safety in school, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Here at Manners Pimblett we understand how delicate a situation like this can be and as such our team of expert advisors will work tirelessly with you throughout the case with your best interests in mind. We will speak to you in terms you understand so that nothing gets lost in translation, providing you with the support and guidance you need.

So what are you waiting for? Give the team a call today on 0845 072 0772 and start your claim today!


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