Injuries at school

Children can be clumsy and accidents do happen but if they are injured due to negligence, you may have a compensation claim.

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We trust nurseries and schools to take good care of our children – and in most cases they do. But what should you do if your child is injured at school?

What are the causes of school accidents?

The potential to claim arises where your child has been injured in an accident that could have been prevented by the nursery or school.

This could include situations like:

  • Faulty play equipment
  • Uneven playground or other surfaces
  • Slips on wet floors
  • Worn flooring or carpets in school buildings
  • Sports activities
  • School trips

When can you make a school injury claim?

If your child has been injured, you – as parent or guardian – would make the claim on their behalf.

People under the age of 18 can’t legally start a personal injury claim, so you take all the decisions and protect their interests throughout the legal process.

Your claim will usually be made against the local authority.

How can First4Lawyers help?

It’s important in cases like these to be able to prove the nursery, school or college did not take reasonable steps to protect your child.

Our solicitors have many years’ experience in constructing a strong case that the courts will favour. We also offer No Win No Fee claims, so you don’t have to take any financial risk or pay anything up-front.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

How much compensation will I receive for a school injury claim?

That very much depends on the injury, how severe it is and how your child is affected by it.

Our compensation calculator gives an idea of amounts awarded, but a chat with our legal advisors will give you advice tailored to your individual circumstances.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

For adults the time limit is three years, but for children the law is different.

If the injured person is under 18 years of age when the accident happened, then the three-year time limit doesn’t start until the child’s 18th birthday. This means their claim can be made until their 21st birthday.

I’d like to claim, what should I do now?

First get in touch with us for a free consultation. We’ll ask you about your situation and advise you of your options.

The more details you’ve recorded, the better. Make sure you have reported the accident to the school, if they are unaware of it. Your child will need to have had medical attention for the injury too.

To start the claims process, just get in touch with us. Either request a call back at the top of the screen or fill out our online form and we’ll get back to you.

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