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UK Assault Injury Claims

In the UK, assault injury claims are made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority rather than against the person responsible for causing your injuries. In order for assault injury claims in the UK to be successful, it is recommended that you cooperate fully with the police investigating the criminal assault and have witnesses willing to testify on your behalf.

By using a solicitor to help with your UK assault injury claims, you can be sure that every factor of your claim for compensation is taken into account to maximise its value. In the UK, assault injury claims have a different “Statute of Limitations” to other personal injury claims, so do not delay contacting a solicitor to ensure that your claim is not time-barred.

Call our freephone injury claims advice service for a comprehensive discussion with a solicitor about your eligibility to make UK assault injury claims. Your call is without obligation and treated with the strictest confidence.

Compensation Claims for Teachers Exceed £26 Million

Figures released by the teaching unions have revealed that more than £26 million was paid out in settlements of compensation claims for teachers in 2014.

The figures released by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) apply to all compensation claims for teachers – including personal injury claims, assault claims and employment claims – and reveal a wide range of injuries that can be sustained by teachers in the course of their work.

Among the settlements of compensation claims for teachers included in the figures were:

A 25-year-old PE teacher in the south-east received £41,000 after suffering soft tissue injuries and a dislocated knee while demonstrating long jump techniques to his students. The local authority admitted liability after the long jump pit was found to be in an unsafe condition.

Another teacher from the south-east was paid £17,250 compensation after damp and mouldy conditions at her school – brought about by an unrepaired leaking roof – caused her to develop breathing problems and anxiety which prevented her from teaching.

Another female teacher received £70,000 in injury compensation after slipping on a wet floor with no warning signs. Her fall resulted in the premature onset of arthritis in her hip, and the teacher had to resign from teaching due to the consequences of her injury.

One of the largest settlements of compensation claims for teachers was paid to a 53-year-old teacher, who tripped on an unsecured carpet and suffered a serious head injury – which resulted in memory loss – when she hit her head on a shelf as she fell.

Commenting on the settlements of compensation claims for teachers, Chris Keates – the General Secretary of the NASUWT – said: “The tragedy is that in most cases compensation would be unnecessary if employers followed good employment practices and appropriate health and safety procedures.”

He continued: “The distress and displeasure of the incident to the individual teacher and their family has often been compounded by years of legal action and court proceedings before any award is made.” The largest settlement of a compensation claim reported by the NASUWT was £210,000 for a retired teacher, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in 2013 following exposure to asbestos in a classroom.

Work Injury Compensation for Teachers Exceeds 25 Million

Teaching unions have revealed figures which suggest that the amount of work injury compensation for teachers paid in 2012 exceeded £25 million.

The NASUWT union – the largest trade union representing teachers and school leaders in the UK – said it had secured a record £15.6m for its members last year, almost 24% more than in 2011, while the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) said it had obtained more than £4.3m for members and the work injury compensation for teachers acquired by the NUT assumed to be slightly more.

Despite the National Union of Teachers declining to provide an overall total of work injury compensation for teachers in 2012, one of its members received the largest individual payment of teachers injury compensation – being awarded £382,930 after his arm was slammed into a filing cabinet by a pupil, leading to a complex regional pain syndrome which resulted in the teacher being forced to give up his job.

In other reported settlements of teachers injury compensation:-

  • A special school teacher was awarded £279,381 in compensation for an injury to a teacher after suffering a back injury and psychological trauma when she fell from a minibus due to an autistic pupil jumping on her.
  • A 39-year-old technology teacher received a £240,000 settlement of teachers work injury compensation after working in a poorly ventilated workshop which left him with allergies and sinus problems.
  • A teacher from Northern Ireland, who slipped on a patch of moss and broke her leg in two places and dislocated her ankle, was awarded £66,291 in compensation for an injury to a teacher.

Commenting on the amount of work injury compensation for teachers awarded in 2012, Chris Keates – NASUWT general secretary – said: “Behind every one of these cases is a person who has been damaged physically or mentally. The distress and pressure of the incident to the individual teacher and their family has often been compounded by years of legal action and court proceedings before any award is made. While compensation is important, it can never make up for the fact that many of these teachers suffer permanent physical and mental injury and often cannot continue in their chosen career.”

Compensation for Teachers Injuries Reaches New High

Estimates of how much compensation for teachers injuries was paid in 2011 suggest that more than 25 million pounds was awarded in damages for avoidable injuries both inside and outside the classroom last year – up 25 per cent from 2010.

Representatives of the UK´s leading teaching unions admitted that the amount of teachers injury compensation that was paid out in 2011 was a waste of taxpayers´ money and created a hole in the education budget, but blamed school heads and councils for failing to protect staff properly.

They pointed to several substantial settlements which were paid as compensation for teachers exposed to asbestos and compensation for teachers injuries due to a physical assault by a parent or student – one such incident resulting in the teacher sustaining permanent brain damage.

Among reasons given for the most frequent claims for teacher injury compensation were trips and slips on school property, injuries sustained due to criminal attacks and employment disputes, where teachers claimed they had been wrongly dismissed, discriminated against or ill-treated by their employers.

Union leaders also highlighted the increased amount of stress that teachers are placed under due to excessive workloads and claimed that this led to staff taking more short cuts – with one teacher successfully claiming compensation for a classroom fall after trying to erect a class display while standing on a desk.

Chris Keates – General Secretary of the NASUWT union – said “Employers who deliberately flout the law are not only causing distress, ill-health and job losses; they are costing taxpayers millions of pounds. Behind each of these cases is a person whose life has been damaged through serious injury or unfair dismissal from their chosen career.”

Pub Landlady Receives Compensation for Assault

A pub landlady, who was attacked and assaulted by a customer she refused to admit into her pub, has been awarded 500 pounds in personal injury compensation by the Kirkaldy Sheriff Court.

Sheriff James Williamson heard how, on the night of March 26 2011, Agnes Gallagher – the licensee of the Greenside Hotel in Leslie, Fife – had seen Leala May Brownlie (31) of Glenrothes, Fife, being sick outside the hotel bar. Assuming that Brownlie was drunk, Agnes denied her entry back into the hotel and a fight broke out during which Agnes suffered cuts and bruises to her face and damage to two teeth.

Agnes was able to trace her assailant on Facebook, where Brownlie had claimed that she had given the landlady of the Greenside “a good kicking”, and had her charged with assault.

In front of Sheriff Williamson, Brownlie´s defence argued that she had previously been of good character and this was her first offence. Taking this into consideration, the Sheriff decided that a custodial sentence was not appropriate in the circumstances, and ordered Brownlie to pay 500 pounds in personal injury compensation for assault to Agnes.