£800k compensation to schoolchildren
Posted: July 18, 2014
Posted in: Personal Injury Public Liability
New figures have revealed that in the last five years the local authorities in Wales have paid out more than £800,000 in compensation to injured schoolchildren and legal fees. Successful claimants included one child with a severed thumb, and another that was knocked down by a vehicle driven by a teacher. The amount paid by the councils over the last five academic years amounted to £811,834.86, covering both the cost of damages and legal fees.
One council – Neath Port Talbot – paid out a total of £309,535, with one of the claimants receiving £40,000 after suffering head injuries when hit by a shot put during P.E. The authority also paid out £19,000 to a child who suffered a lacerated foot after tripping over a discarded coffee jar. It was also revealed following a Freedom of Information request that the council paid out £12,000 after a child’s arm was stuck behind a radiator, and £8,000 after a fire extinguisher fell on a child’s head.
Injured during a game of rounders
Bridgend Council paid out a total of £43,000 after one pupil suffered a severed finger on an exercise bike. The council still has many “open cases” whereby damages and legal costs are yet to be settled. One claim was made after a child suffered injuries after being hit by a ball during a game of rounders.
Rhondda Cynon Taf council paid out £172,090.68 in damages and costs covering 14 personal injury claims; Powys council paid out to seven claimants, six of which were related to ski trips; Vale of Glamorgan council paid out £36,381 and Caerphilly council paid out £19,270 to two claimants.
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