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Accidents at School
Unfortunately, accidents at school are a common occurrence. Sometimes though, these accidents go beyond a minor bump and tumble and are much more serious. If this is the case, then such an accident cannot be written off as children being children. Instead, the accident will have been caused by the negligence of others and may well have been avoidable.
At Smith Jones, we have been acting on behalf of clients whose children have been involved in accidents in school since 1988. Of course, accidents at school are not just limited to children, accidents of this type can also affect staff, contractors and visitors to a school. We are accredited personal injury solicitors by The Law Society and have successfully represented thousands of people in making a claim for school injury compensation.
If you or your child has been affected by an accident at school, call us on 0800 195 95 90 to discuss your claim with a member of our expert team. For injuries that have occurred in public places it may be worth visiting smithjonessolicitors.co.uk/no-win-no-fee/slips-trips-falls/ for more info
A school has a duty of care to ensure that everyone including children, staff and visitors are kept safe and that precautions are taken to stop accidents from taking place. If you have been affected by an accident that has been caused by a school’s failure to do this, you could have a claim for compensation.
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FAQ About Accidents at School
COMMON TYPES OF SCHOOL ACCIDENT
Unfortunately, we very often find ourselves coming across school accidents that are similar in nature. The most common types of school accident that we deal with include:
Slips and trips – slips and trips on school property often occur due to the improper cleaning or inadequate maintenance of the playground, corridors and walkways. Accidents of this type are often caused by loose and uneven paving slabs, holes in the ground, loose carpets and wet and slippery surfaces
Injuries caused by defective equipment – all kinds of equipment can be defective and cause injury. However, it is the school’s responsibility to ensure that this is not the case and that equipment is regularly maintained or replaced if faulty. Defective equipment could include desks, chairs and play equipment
Accidents on school playing fields – the school playing field is a common place for accidents, however, the school should always ensure that these areas are safe and free from danger. Common accidents on school playing fields can be a result of discarded litter including glass, poorly maintained surfaces, lack of supervision and incorrect footwear or kit being used.
ASSISTING WITH SCHOOL INJURY COMPENSATION
To ensure that you are properly compensated for a slip, trip or fall, there is a number of ways in which you can assist us.
It is important to take down as much information about the accident as you can. We understand this may be difficult if the accident involved a child, but this should contain as much detail as possible, even things that you may initially think are insignificant.
To assist your case, you should also ensure that the accident was reported to someone of authority and was noted in the school’s accident book. If you have eyewitnesses, be sure to include their contact details and their account of what happened.
NO WIN NO FEE CLAIMS
The majority of our cases are funded on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. This agreement is also known as a conditional fee agreement, which is often abbreviated to CFA. This means there is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim and you will only be liable for our legal costs should you be successful in your claim.¹³
If we think your case may not be successful, then we will do our best to inform you of this during your initial consultation or as soon as this is determined. A No Win No Fee case arrangement does not suit everyone, and we are happy to discuss the various options of how you choose to fund your claim. We will help you decide what best fits you and your claim.
Our experts are ready to assist you. We handle thousands of personal injury claims every year. In our experience, very few cases are the same despite some similarities between them.
For more detailed information regarding funding and legal fees, you can speak to a member of our team on 0800 195 9590. Read more about no win no fee here – www.smithjonessolicitors.co.uk/no-win-no-fee/