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Accidents in Schools: Making a Claim

Accidents in schools can lead to severe injuries. If your child has suffered an injury at school, you may be able to claim on their behalf.

Every parent entrusts their child’s well-being to the school each day. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and sometimes those accidents occur due to a lack of proper supervision or unsafe conditions at school. This can leave parents with not only the emotional distress of a hurt child, but also with losses of earnings from having to take time off work to care for their injured child. 

Accidents in schools affect not only children, but also the teachers, staff and other school visitors. Anyone on school grounds can suffer an accident if it is unsafe.

In such instances, understanding the process of making an accident claim becomes essential, both for seeking rightful compensation and ensuring accountability for safety within educational institutions.

Schools have a legal obligation to uphold a duty of care towards their students and are responsible for your child’s safety. This means they must take reasonable steps to ensure the well-being of children while they are on school grounds or participating in school-sanctioned activities. Schools are also bound by law to report any serious accidents that have happened on school premises to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

If you or your child has suffered a serious injury as a result of negligence in a school setting, it is crucial to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our member firms at Major Trauma Group are highly experienced in dealing with accident in schools claims and may offer their services on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you do not need to worry about any upfront costs when initiating your claim. 

Common accidents in schools

Some common accidents that occur in schools include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls: These are among the most common accidents in schools and can happen anywhere on the premises, including corridors, staircases, playgrounds, and sports fields. Wet floors, uneven surfaces, cluttered walkways, and inadequate lighting are common causes.
  • Sports injuries: Physical education classes, sports practices, and extracurricular activities often involve physical exertion and can lead to injuries such as fractures and concussions. Accidents may occur due to improper use of equipment, or lack of supervision.
  • Playground accidents: Playground equipment such as swings, slides, and climbing structures can pose risks if not properly maintained or supervised. Falls from playground equipment and entrapment are common causes of playground accidents.
  • Chemical exposures: Accidents involving exposure to hazardous chemicals can occur in science laboratories or art classrooms. Improper handling or storage of chemicals, spills, and inadequate ventilation can lead to chemical burns, respiratory problems, and other health issues.
  • Electrical accidents: Faulty wiring, malfunctioning electrical appliances, or misuse of electrical outlets can result in electrical shocks or fires within school buildings.
  • School trips: Depending on the circumstances of the accident, teachers and school staff may be liable for injuries if the cause of the accident on the trip was a lack of supervision. However, accidents due to improper safety equipment or unsafe environments will generally make the premises/business liable in which the school trip is visiting. 
  • School transport: Transportation to and from school can also pose risks, with accidents involving school buses being a concern. However, most schools now outsource private bus and coach companies to transport students to and from school. As such, most school bus accident claims will need to be made with the bus company itself, as the school will not be liable for the bus driver’s faults. 

These are just a few examples of common accidents that can occur in schools. Preventative measures and proper precautions such as regular safety inspections, adequate supervision, health and safety training for staff, and clear safety protocols can help reduce the likelihood of accidents and create a safer learning environment for everyone.

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Can you make a claim on behalf of your child?

Yes, as a parent or legal guardian, you can make a claim on behalf of your child if they have suffered an accident in school. In such cases, you would typically act as the child’s “litigation friend”. It is important to note however that not all accidents in schools warrant making a claim for compensation, minor bumps and bruises that happen during regular play typically wouldn’t be grounds for making a claim.

To have a successful claim, you’ll need to show that the school breached their duty of care towards your child. This means the school failed to take reasonable steps to ensure your child’s safety, and this failure resulted in their injury.

Adults making a claim on behalf of a child are able to initiate a claim at any point up until the child turns 18, at which point the child will then be eligible to make a claim themselves until they are 21.

Claims process

The immediate priority after your child has suffered an accident at school is to ensure they receive prompt medical treatment to assess the extent of their injuries. Your child’s injuries should be appropriately documented by healthcare professionals, as accurate medical records will be vital when making a personal injury claim. 

It is then advisable to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who specialises in serious accidents in school claims, such as our panel of legal professionals at Major Trauma Group. We can assess the circumstances of the accident, provide guidance on the legal process, and help you understand your rights and options.

On instructing our personal injury lawyers, we will ask you to gather and send all evidence related to the accident and your child’s injuries. Evidence may include medical records, a copy of the school’s accident book, witness statements and photographs of where the accident occurred.  

It may also be necessary to obtain a medical report from a private medical expert who will create a medicolegal report (a document prepared by a qualified medical professional that provides an expert opinion on medical issues relevant to a legal case) which will confirm the child’s injuries, advise on how long the injuries are expected to last, as well as any lasting impact the injuries may have on the child’s life. 

Our solicitors will then identify and notify the school where the accident occurred, informing them of your intention to make a claim against them. We will negotiate with the party’s insurance to reach a fair settlement for your child’s injuries.

Why choose Major Trauma Group?

Our member firms consist of highly reputable law firms across England and Wales, all of whom are experts in the area of personal injury claims. We are dedicated to securing the best financial outcomes for our clients alongside expert rehabilitation treatments.

We may offer our services on a no win no fee basis, meaning you do not need to worry about the costs associated with making a claim.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team to find out how we can assist you regarding school accident claims, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. You can contact us on 0330 311 2578 or email us at

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