School Accident Claims

Schools and colleges have a legal obligation to ensure all children are safe and protected from potential hazards. If a pupil’s safety is put in jeopardy, this can increase the risk of a serious accident on school grounds.

If your child is injured due to a lack of safety precautions, you are able to make a claim for compensation. Here at YouClaim, we have been contacted by many parents wishing to take action after their child was hurt. Our panel of solicitors are experts in this area of law and will do everything in their power to get you and your family the maximum amount of compensation.

If you want to find out more about school accident claims, get in touch today. Call us on 0800 10 757 95, fill in the online enquiry form on this page or chat to us via our e-chat function.

About accidents at school

Schools are a common place for accidents, some of which can be very serious. Over the years, we have worked with many parents and guardians who have successfully claimed on behalf of their child. Common accidents we have come across include:

  • Injuries caused by PE and sports accidents
  • Slips on wet floors
  • Trips on loose carpeting and defective flooring
  • Falls within the school building or grounds
  • Injuries caused by fault equipment, such as chairs or desks
  • Attacks by other children
  • Food poisoning caused by poor catering

For information about playground accidents, click here.

The school’s responsibility

There are a number of responsibilities that schools have concerning the welfare of their pupils. To ensure your child’s safety, their school must ensure:

  • All staff are qualified and undertaken the necessary checks and training
  • Adequate care is provided to each class in the school
  • Toys, equipment and games should be safe and checked
  • Health and safety must be adhered to during PE, play and games
  • Appropriate steps are taken when on a school trip or outing

When these practices haven’t been upheld or conducted, schools may be deemed as the negligent party if an accident happens.

What to do after an accident

To ensure your claim is a strong as possible, there are a number of steps you can take following an accident on school property. The first thing to check is whether the teacher or staff member recorded the accident, as this is a legal requirement. You should be given a copy of this too. Other things you can do include:

  • Taking the names and contact details of any witnesses
  • Photographing where the accident took place
  • Keeping hold of any receipts for any expenses that have come about due to the accident

How YouClaim can help

Our solicitors are personal injury experts who are members of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel. Our legal expertise and experience in dealing with school accident compensation claims and cases involving children puts us in the perfect position to represent you and your family with confidence and care.

Once we’ve helped you process a claim, we will continue to provide guidance on the steps you should take next and how you should manage any financial settlement you receive. We can provide professional advice on how to manage any settlement; whether you decide to use it for your child’s benefit now or keep it safe until they are old enough to make their own financial decisions.

Get started today

If your child has been injured while at school, our solicitors are here to help you make a successful claim. To speak to one of our experts, call us on 0800 10 757 95. Alternatively, fill in the online form on this page or use our online chat feature and let us know a suitable time to get back to you