40 percent Personal Injury increase in Staffordshire schools
Accidents, including trips and slips, have resulted in a £58,000 compensation bill for Staffordshire schools.
Despite the number of accidents decreasing from 14 to 11 compared to the last financial year, the total amount paid out for accident claims increased significantly by over 40 per cent.
Cases include a young girl who injured her arm whilst putting away a trampoline, a student who injured himself after slipping on some logs and a pupil who was hit in the mouth with a bell. These personal injury claimants were awarded £5,000, £10,000 and £4,500 respectively.
Appeasing concerns, Ian Parry, Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council, does not believe there is a growing problem:
"These things fluctuate from year to year.
"Obviously the first priority of every member of staff in every school is the safety of children, but inevitably, with 400 schools, accidents will happen."
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¹BBC (Aug 2011)
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