Over £1.1m paid out by Humber authorities
Posted: July 17, 2014
Posted in: Public Liability
Following a Freedom of Information request, it has been found that councils across northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire have paid out more than £1.1 million to injured school pupils and staff, including legal fees. The request further revealed that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council paid out £600,533 to 27 claimants in the last five years. Six claims cost North Lincolnshire £239,100, while Hull received 10 claims – costing the city council £187,974.
Hull City Council paid one of the largest claims after a large object fell on a student’s leg, breaking multiple bones. The student received £7,750 in compensation, while legal fees and medical costs cost the council an additional £39,856. A primary school child made another successful claim after they hurt their leg in a game of tag. The child won £1,100, but the case cost the local authority £14,716 in legal fees. North Lincolnshire saw a student receive £2,451 after they suffered bruising and a sprain in an accident in their school hall.
Chris McGovern, chair of the Campaign for Real Education, said: “I think [school compensation claims] are becoming more common … There is a compensation culture out there and it is having damaging consequences for the children.”
It has been highlighted by many personal injury firms, however, that school injury claims are, in fact, very rare, and are most often very serious.
If you have suffered an injury in a public place, and are looking to claim compensation, please contact us.
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