Almost a quarter of a million paid out in school injury compensation
Posted: April 4, 2014
Posted in: Public Liability
Newly released figures have revealed that almost a quarter of a million pounds of taxpayers’ money has been paid out as injury compensation to children in Leeds over the last five years. This figure covers money paid out to children that have suffered injuries in Leeds’ primary and secondary schools, with injuries including broken bones and burns.
One child received £35,000 in compensation after breaking a limb at school in 2009. The figures – obtained under the Freedom of Information Act – found that a total of 188 personal injury claims had been made against Leeds’ schools since September 2008. Out of the 188 claims, however, only 39 of them were successful in receiving compensation. The total paid-out was £221,013.
“Our schools are very safe environments”
One pupil from Kirklees was awarded with £28,039 after sustaining an injury whilst helping the P.E. teacher put equipment away. Another child who suffered an injury in the same way received £27,837 in compensation. Other successful claims included a facial injury, a burn injury and numerous arm and foot injuries.
Deputy Director of Children’s Services at Leeds City Council, Paul Brennan, said: “Our schools are very safe environments, and are all required to meet strict health and safety standards. We take our duty of care to both pupils and staff very seriously.”
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