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Accidents at School Claims

Accidents at School Claims


Duncan Lewis Personal Injury Solicitors for Accidents at School Claims


No Win No Fee Accidents at School Claims


Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading personal injury and Legal Aid solicitors and can advise on making no win no fee accidents at school claims.


Who can claim for Accidents at School?


Accidents at school are one of the most common children’s personal injury claims – and although most injuries from accidents at school do not result in long-term incapacity, children can sustain serious injuries.


Teachers and administrative or catering staff can also make personal injury claims for accidents at school.


Accidents at school which are eligible for personal injury compensation include:


  • Art room accidents (injuries from plaster of Paris, toxic materials)
  • Asbestos exposure (poorly managed asbestos in school buildings)
  • Burns and scalds (school canteen, school laboratory accidents)
  • Falls from height (walls, climbing frames, steps, stairs)
  • Food poisoning (Salmonella, E.coli, Campylobacter from canteen)
  • Glass injuries (broken glass on playing fields or school premises)
  • Gym accidents (trampolines, gym horses, climbing frames and ropes)
  • Playground accidents (climbing, ball games, collisions)
  • Road traffic accidents (school bus accidents, whiplash injuries)
  • School trip accidents (road accidents, field trips, camping or skiing)
  • Slips and trips (spilt food/liquid, polished floors, loose paving stones)
  • Sports accidents (contact injuries in rugby, football, hockey)
  • Swimming accidents (Cryptosporidium, poor tuition, diving accidents)


Injuries which affect school staff include repetitive strain injury (RSI), back and spinal injuries (poor seating and desks) – and lung disease from long-term exposure to chalk dust (see Industrial Disease Claims).


How long do I have to claim for Accidents at School?


Claims for school accident compensation fall under the area of law known as personal injury.


Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim for accident at school compensation.


Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period, however – and minors have until three years after the age of 18 to make a claim.


Because of the limitation period for personal injury claims, it is important to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible if you are injured in a school accident.


How much compensation can I claim for Accidents at School?


Compensation for Accidents at School includes:


  • General Damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity
    The exact amount will be assessed according to the extent of injury, estimated recovery time and rehabilitation needed – and whether further medical treatment or even lifelong care is needed.
  • Special Damages to cover medical fees and out-of-pocket expenses
    Expenses might include physiotherapy, travel expenses to hospital or damage to personal items, as well as any loss of earnings. In more serious cases, ongoing care, loss of future salary and pension or adaptations to your home would be included.

    Who pays Accidents at School compensation?  

    The insurers for the party who is liable for the accident and injury usually pay compensation – this could be the school, Local Authority or a contractor or company.


    Injuries from assaults on staff or pupils may also be eligible for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme if a police report is made.


    Cases of physical abuse or sexual abuse in schools may also be eligible for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, but again a police report must be made before a claim can be made.


    Injuries sustained in school road traffic accidents can be fast-tracked through the RTA Claims Portal if the value of the claim is between £1,000 and £10,000.


    Will I have to go to court to claim compensation?


    Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.


    Most claims for accidents at school compensation are settled out-of-court – Duncan Lewis personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.


    But if a court hearing is necessary, Duncan Lewis instructs leading barristers who specialise in personal injury and accidents at school claims, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.


    Compensation awards for minors must also be approved by the courts – a child and their “Litigation Friend” (usually a parent or guardian) has to attend an Infant Settlement Hearing at the local County Court.


    Why Duncan Lewis is the best solicitor for Accidents at School Claims
    • Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors understand just how traumatic and upsetting accidents at school can be – we believe in putting you and your family first to obtain the best results for you
    • Duncan Lewis is one of the leading firms of Personal Injury and Legal Aid solicitors in the UK
    • Our initial advice on making a claim for school accidents is free
    • Duncan Lewis accepts claims for school accidents on a no win no fee basis, so you will not have to worry about legal fees
    • We will visit you at home if you are caring for a child recovering from a school accident – and can arrange expert medical opinions to help back up your claim
    • Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors will make sure you understand every stage of your claim for a school accident
    • We will handle negotiations for you, so you do not have to worry while you are recovering from your injuries or caring for your child.


    Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in claims for accidents at school.


    Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on school accident compensation claims by calling 020 7923 4020.

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