School Injury Compensation Claims

Quick Answer: If a child is injured at school in an accident or incident that can be attributed to negligence, you may be entitled to make a no win, no fee compensation claim on their behalf.

Key Takeaways:

  • To make a successful school injury claim, you must be able to demonstrate that the school was negligent, breaching their legal duty of care towards pupil safety and that their breach of duty caused the injury.
  • Common school accidents include slips and falls, injuries from defective equipment, sports injuries and bullying.
  • No Win No Fee services like those offered by our solicitors opens your access to justice as a claim made on this basis will allow you to make a claim without being liable for legal costs, as there is no fee if you don’t succeed with your claim.

Can I Claim Compensation for a School Injury?

For someone injured in an accident at school, to have a valid claim it must be proven that the school or the school staff acted negligently, breaching their duty of care to ensure the safety of students. It must also be demonstrated that the breach of duty directly caused injury.

Determining If You Have a Valid School Injury Claim

To identify whether you have a valid school injury claim, consider the following key factors:

  1. Negligence: You must be able to prove that the school or its staff acted negligently, failing to provide a safe environment for students.
  2. Breach of duty: The negligent actions must constitute a breach of the school’s duty of care towards its students.
  3. Causation: The injury must have been directly caused by the school’s breach of duty.
  4. Injury: The injury must be sufficiently severe, causing notable pain and suffering. The injury may also have resulted in special damages, such as medical expenses or caused parents to take unpaid leave from work to care for the child.

Examples of situations that may qualify for a valid claim include:

  • Inadequate supervision leading to a playground accident
  • Faulty or poorly maintained equipment causing an injury
  • Failure to address known hazards, resulting in an injury

Common Types of School Injuries and Accidents

Schools have a legal duty to do their utmost to ensure the safety and well-being of their students. However, accidents and injuries can still occur on school premises, during sports, on playgrounds, in lessons and even during school trips. These incidents can see injuries which range from minor bumps and bruises to more serious injuries, such as fractures, concussions and in the worst cases, even permanent disabilities.

The School Injury Claims Process

If your child has been injured due to a school’s negligence, you may be considering making a compensation claim. While the process of making a claim can seem like a daunting prospect, with our expert guidance and professional, friendly support, we’ll give you the confidence you need to navigate the process successfully on behalf of your child.

Having Evidence to Support Your Claim

One of the most crucial aspects of a successful claim is being able to provide or identify strong evidence for your solicitor. Supporting evidence may include:

  • Medical reports detailing the nature and extent of your child’s injuries
  • Witness statements from teachers, staff, or other students who saw the accident occur
  • Photographs of the accident scene, your child’s injuries, or any faulty equipment involved
  • School records, such as accident reports, maintenance logs, or risk assessments

To give your claim the very best chance of succeeding, it is essential the right evidence is available as soon as possible. Schools should ensure the details of any incident leading to injury are correctly recorded and reported to the right authorities. It will help if you follow this up and make your own written report, keeping notes so as much information is available from the outset as possible. This is important, as it can become more difficult to obtain information or recall important details as time passes. Keep copies of any relevant documents or correspondence that you receive from the school or elsewhere in an organised way, and keep them secure, as they will be very helpful to your solicitor and will be used to form the basis of your claim.

Calculating Your Compensation Amount

There are two elements that make up a final compensation settlement figure:

  1. General damages: This element of a claim settlement compensates the claimant for their pain, suffering and the loss of amenity caused by their injury. The value will account for any long-term impacts of the injuries on your child’s life.
  2. Special damages: This covers any financial losses incurred as a result of the injury, such as medical expenses, travel costs, or loss of future earnings. It also covers care costs and losses incurred by a parent if they have to take unpaid leave etc.

The amount of compensation awarded for a successful claim will depend on factors such as the severity of the injury, the length of recovery, and any long-term consequences. In the UK, the Judicial College Guidelines provide a framework for assessing general damages based on the type and severity of the injury. A solicitor will use this framework as well as opinions from legal counsel when evaluating whether a settlement offer is fair and reasonable.

Maximising Your School Injury Compensation Settlement

For any claimant, it is important their settlement accounts appropriately for the full amount of pain, suffering and costs incurred. For a solicitor to ensure this, they must consider not only the immediate costs and impacts of the injury on the claimant and their family, but also whether the injuries will cause any long-term consequences and leave the child with future needs. By working closely with your solicitor and providing comprehensive evidence, you can be sure that your solicitor will build a strong case to recover the maximum compensation settlement possible in your claim.

Factors That Can Affect Your Compensation Amount

Several key factors can influence the amount of compensation awarded in a school injury claim:

  1. Severity of the injuries: More severe injuries, such as brain damage or spinal cord injuries, will result in higher compensation amounts due to their long-term impacts on quality of life and future care needs.
  2. Duration of recovery: Injuries that take longer to heal or require extensive rehabilitation will often lead to higher compensation to account for the prolonged pain, suffering, and disruption to daily life.
  3. Long-term prognosis: If the injury is likely to have lasting effects or cause permanent disability, this will be factored into the compensation amount to ensure the claimant’s future needs are met.
  4. Impact on education and future prospects: If the injury has disrupted the claimant’s education or limited their future career options, this can significantly increase the compensation awarded.

In a notable case, a student who suffered a severe brain injury during a school rugby match was awarded £2.29 million in compensation to cover the costs of lifelong care and lost future earnings.

Claiming for Psychological Trauma and Emotional Distress

In addition to physical injuries, school accidents can also cause significant psychological trauma and emotional distress. It’s important to recognise these types of injury and for your solicitor to include them in your compensation claim where appropriate.

Evidence that may support a claim for psychological damages includes:

  • Assessments and reports from mental health professionals
  • Records of therapy or counselling sessions
  • Statements from family members or teachers regarding changes in behaviour or emotional well-being

Interim Payments to Cover Immediate Expenses

School injury claims can take months or even years to resolve, but a parent or child making their claim may have incurred expenses related to the child’s care and recovery that need to be addressed before final settlement is agreed. In these situations, you may be able to request an interim payment from the school or their insurers.

Interim payments are advance payments made before the final settlement is reached, designed to cover essential costs such as:

  • Medical treatment and rehabilitation
  • Mobility aids and specialist equipment
  • Home adaptations or accessible housing
  • Lost wages for parents who have taken time off work to care for their child

To be able to obtain an interim payment, an admission of liability for your child’s injuries is needed. This will be helped by providing supporting evidence to your solicitor so that they can win your claim. Your solicitor will make a compelling case for an interim payment if appropriate, so do discuss this with them during your claim.

Making a No Win No Fee School Injury Claim

The thought of costly legal fees especially during an already stressful time is an issue that often stops people seeking justice after being injured in an accident in school. However, a No Win No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), removes the need to worry about legal costs and rids the claimant of any liability for costs if they do not succeed with their claim.

What is a No Win No Fee Agreement?

In the UK, a No Win No Fee agreement is a type of legal funding arrangement that allows you to pursue a school injury claim without having to pay any upfront legal fees or costs if you do not win your claim. Instead, your solicitor will agree to work on your case on the understanding that they will only be paid if your claim is successful.

Under a CFA, if your claim is successful, the majority of your legal costs will be paid by the defendants on top of your compensation. However, the defendant is not required to pay 100% of your legal costs if you win, so your solicitor will receive a success fee, which will be deducted from your compensation award. Our solicitors’ success fee is capped at a maximum of 25% of the compensation amount, with no other costs or hidden fees, ensuring that you still receive the majority of the settlement.

If your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t owe your solicitor any legal fees under the No Win No Fee agreement.

Benefits of No Win No Fee for School Injury Claims

There are several key benefits to making a school injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis:

  1. Reduced financial risk: With no upfront legal fees or costs liability if you don’t win your claim, you can pursue a claim without the worry of significant financial exposure.
  2. Improved access to justice: No Win No Fee agreements allow individuals to seek compensation regardless of their financial situation, levelling the playing field against well-resourced defendants.
  3. Motivated solicitors: As your solicitor’s fee is dependent on the success of your claim, they have a strong incentive to work diligently and achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Our No Win No Fee School Injury Claims Service

At Direct2Compensation, we have extensive experience handling school injury compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis. Our dedicated team of solicitors specialises in education sector claims and has a proven track record of achieving substantial settlements for our clients.

When you work with us, you can expect:

  • A free, no-obligation consultation to assess the merits of your claim
  • Clear, jargon-free advice and regular updates throughout the claims process
  • A transparent fee structure with no hidden costs
  • Access to leading medical experts and rehabilitation services
  • A commitment to securing the best possible outcome for you and your child

We understand that pursuing a school injury claim can be stressful, which is why we strive to provide a supportive, empathetic service that puts your well-being first. Our clients consistently praise our professionalism, expertise, and dedication to their cases.

Contact us today to get the help you need. You can start your claim online or , and one of our expert team will be in touch. Alternatively, call us on 01225 430285. We’ll only need a few minutes of your time to let you know if you can make a claim.

Frequently Asked Questions

Chat with us for friendly, expert advice 01225 430285