Council pays out £68k in compensation to families whose children were injured at school

York Press: Council pays out £68k in compensation to families whose children were injured at school Council pays out £68k in compensation to families whose children were injured at school

COMPENSATION amounting to £68,000 has been paid out to families in North Yorkshire after children have been injured at school.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act include £26,000 paid out following trips, slips and falls, and £12,000 as a result of injuries in PE lessons. A further £6,800 was paid out due to defective equipment.

The figures relate to compensation paid out by North Yorkshire County Council - which dies not include schools in York - over a five-year period.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council said: “North Yorkshire County Council works with all of its 373 schools and educational establishments to maintain the highest standards of health and safety. Any payments made for compensation as a result of an accident are assessed against our legal liability by our external claims handlers and the level of payment decided upon by the legal system.”

Harrogate had the highest number of attempted personal injury claims, with 13, while Hambleton had 11, Selby had ten and Ryedale and Scarborough had eight.

However, not all were successful with fewer than five successful claims each for Hambleton, Harrogate, Scarborough and Selby and five in Ryedale.

The largest payout was £10,000 over a slip, trip or fall. A sum of £4500 was paid out over a physical assault and two payouts of £3250 and £2500 over pupils being hit by moving or falling objects. A further £940 was paid over "defective care".

The figures, obtained by health and safety experts ELAS, show that 11 out of 15 of Yorkshire’s education authorities recorded 171 successful personal injuries claims against schools since September 2008, amounting to £1.3million.

Rotherham paid out the highest amount in compensation, costing the local authority £289,851.

Incidents of note in Yorkshire included fractured bones, while one child was scalded by hot liquid and another suffered an electric shock while using a soldering iron. Many injuries resulted from unsafe classroom, playground and PE equipment.

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11:46am Sat 5 Apr 14

JaseH says...

It infuriates me that accidents cant just be accidents anymore.Why does there always have to be someone at fault?
The definition of accident is an unseen, unplanned event or circumstance.
With the best intentions not all accidents can be prevented-but is that a reason to wheel out the ambulance chasers-no it isn't. I accept that there are times that courts should be involved but surely most of these cases that have been paid out are not intentional negligence.
Are we teaching our children not to take responsibility for their actions? It seem to me that many people seem to think it doesn't matter that it was an accident,if you get hurt (and in some cases even if you don't)we can always sue for damages!
What people forget is that everytime a claim is paid by the local authority it is coming out of our pockets, we pay a lot of council tax to provide the council with the money to pay for things, so it stands to reason that it leaves less money to be spent on education,healthcare
, care for the elderly etc .All of which strike me as being more important than 'getting a payout'
It infuriates me that accidents cant just be accidents anymore.Why does there always have to be someone at fault? The definition of accident is an unseen, unplanned event or circumstance. With the best intentions not all accidents can be prevented-but is that a reason to wheel out the ambulance chasers-no it isn't. I accept that there are times that courts should be involved but surely most of these cases that have been paid out are not intentional negligence. Are we teaching our children not to take responsibility for their actions? It seem to me that many people seem to think it doesn't matter that it was an accident,if you get hurt (and in some cases even if you don't)we can always sue for damages! What people forget is that everytime a claim is paid by the local authority it is coming out of our pockets, we pay a lot of council tax to provide the council with the money to pay for things, so it stands to reason that it leaves less money to be spent on education,healthcare , care for the elderly etc .All of which strike me as being more important than 'getting a payout' JaseH
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12:21pm Sat 5 Apr 14

MouseHouse says...

JaseH. I really do agree with you. That £68k would have been better spent correcting the cause of the incidents so many people gain. Sometimes an accident is just that...an accident. Most frustrating. I wonder how much the 'no win no fee' legal schemes contribute to this culture of blame?
JaseH. I really do agree with you. That £68k would have been better spent correcting the cause of the incidents so many people gain. Sometimes an accident is just that...an accident. Most frustrating. I wonder how much the 'no win no fee' legal schemes contribute to this culture of blame? MouseHouse
  • Score: 14

4:48pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Devilsadvocate2 says...

So in the future "off you go then little one, don't forget to fall off the climbing frame "
So in the future "off you go then little one, don't forget to fall off the climbing frame " Devilsadvocate2
  • Score: 1

6:41pm Sat 5 Apr 14

the commentator says...

more examples of pampered kids and blame/claim culture. I'd wager that 99% of the claims were from parents in social housing.
more examples of pampered kids and blame/claim culture. I'd wager that 99% of the claims were from parents in social housing. the commentator
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12:20pm Sun 6 Apr 14

m dee says...

Although I would generally agree there is more of a blame culture nowadays,on reading the article it would seem very unfair for the victim of the physical assault to be expected to pay all the associated medical bills /prescription charges/losses ect for his/her treatment and costs and not make a claim for these,one suffered an electric shock while using a soldering iron this was avoidable equipment should be safe to use.
Although I would generally agree there is more of a blame culture nowadays,on reading the article it would seem very unfair for the victim of the physical assault to be expected to pay all the associated medical bills /prescription charges/losses ect for his/her treatment and costs and not make a claim for these,one suffered an electric shock while using a soldering iron this was avoidable equipment should be safe to use. m dee
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1:54pm Sun 6 Apr 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Just think though who may be the main beneficiaries - solicitors?.

It could well be those same people who actively built, promoted and now sustain the blame culture through their television advertising who may well be benefiting to a greater degree than those who claim.
Just think though who may be the main beneficiaries - solicitors?. It could well be those same people who actively built, promoted and now sustain the blame culture through their television advertising who may well be benefiting to a greater degree than those who claim. strangebuttrue?
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