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My daughter broke her arm after falling off a climbing frame at school – am I eligible to claim compensation for an injury at school on her behalf?

 

Injury Compensation

 

Question:

My daughter broke her arm after falling off a climbing frame at school – am I eligible to claim compensation for an injury at school on her behalf?

Answer:

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you may have a viable claim for compensation for an injury at school if it can be proved that the school breached its duty of care towards your child. Schools are entrusted with a duty of care to ensure that its premises are safe for children, and that all necessary precautions are taken to safeguard the well-being of your daughter.

Most schools take this duty of care very seriously, and are mindful of the fact that children are naturally curious and prone to accidents. However, sometimes certain precautions are overlooked despite the school’s best intentions and otherwise strict safety standards. Unfortunately, due to the vulnerability of children, overlooking even the smallest details can cause an accident and give rise to a legitimate claim for school injury compensation.

Since your daughter has fallen off a climbing frame, one may presume that your child is rather young. As such, it is expected that safety precautions to ensure her safety should be quite extensive. Nevertheless, the school may contend that your child’s injury was unavoidable due to the very nature of play, and that no amount of supervision could have prevented the accident.

While the school may have a valid point in claiming that sometimes accidents are unavoidable, the height of the climbing frame should be age appropriate and the landing surface should provide some sort of cushion for the fall. If either, or both of these matters are overlooked, and the child was allowed to play in it unsupervised, the school may well be liable for your daughter´s injuries.

To discuss the circumstances surrounding your child’s accident, and the procedures that you would have to complete to be eligible to claim compensation for an injury at school on her behalf,  we suggest that you contact a personal injury solicitor at your earliest convenience.