Whilst parents hope their children will be safe at school accidents are just as likely to happen there as anywhere else.
We accept that schools work extremely hard to provide a safe learning environment but on occasion the standard of care provided falls below the levels expected by both parents and the law.
- Tripping in the playground
- Slipping in the corridors
- Defective equipment I.e broken chair / table
- Injuries during sporting activities
- Food poisoning
- Injuries whilst on work placements
- Heavy lifting injuries.
These are the most common types of accidents that occur at school. If your child has suffered an accident whilst at school contact Graham Coffey & Co school injury specialists for a free consultation.
My Child has been injured at school. What should I do?
It is important that any injury or accident is reported to the teachers or to the school administration.
Make sure they enter the details in an accident report book and make sure they let you see the entry before agreeing it.
Where possible try to get a picture of the accident location - this is especially helpful where your child has tripped in the playground. If you are taking a picture of a playground defect try and place an object alongside the defect, i.e a ruler or 50 pence piece. This will help to demonstrate the size of the defect.
My child has food poisoning - can I prove it?
It is important that food poisoning claims are brought quickly. If your child has suffered from food poisoning then contact Graham Coffey & Co school injury solicitors so that we can discuss your claim in more details.
It is essential that you report the incident to the school immediately and ask whether there have been any other similar reports.
Make sure you make a note of the food is eaten by your child that day.
If you are unsure of any of these details then don't worry - just contact Graham Coffey's school injury solicitors and let us guide you through the claim process.
My child was injured during a sports lesson - can we claim?
Everyone accepts that sports lessons and games cannot be risk free. However it is essential that the school has made adequate provision for supervision, that the children have received reasonable instructions and that the equipment that has been provided is suitable and of a good condition.
If your child has been injured during a sports lesson contact Graham Coffey & Co's school injury solicitors and we will help to discover whether the school or the teachers are at fault.
The accident was a year ago - can I still claim?
Yes. We understand that when your child has an accident your first concern is the welfare of your child. The decision to claim is often made once you are satisfied your child has recovered. In some cases , parents forget to claim until years after the accident.
Even though the standard period to bring a claim is within 3 years of the accident a child has until the age of 21 before claim must be issued in the courts. This can result in children bringing claim over 10 years after the accident.