School yard injury claims seek compensation for injury to your child when they are in an accident at school that is not their fault. If your child suffers an injury due to an accident caused at least in part by someone else’s negligence, you may well be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

School yard injury claims are for the injury suffered and the effects on your child’s life.

Your personal injury solicitor seeks to recover damages through a claims process. If you or your child have been injured in public, and your life impacted by an accident that was someone else’s fault, a claim for compensation seeks financial redress for the injuries and financial losses.

If you have been injured in an accident and it was not your fault, The Personal Injury Team No Win No Fee solicitors can file your compensation claim for the money you deserve.

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What is a school yard injury claim?

A school yard injury claim is a legal process to seek compensation when your child is injured in an accident that was not their fault. They could be injured in a fall from faulty playground equipment or a trip on a poorly-maintained path or school yard.

Your son or daughter could be off school for some time recovering from a broken leg or cracked ribs. In a fall, a child could suffer a concussion or deep lacerations that leave scars and need surgery.

A school yard injury claim seeks compensation to cover the costs of the injury and the effects of it on your child’s life. They may be injured, need hospital care, and you could have large medical bills to pay, but you might be able to claim compensation to cover your costs.

The school has a duty of care to every child in the playground. If they breach that duty of care and your child suffers an injury, you might have a school yard claim for compensation on their behalf.

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Common claims for school yard injury

The common claims for school yard injury are seen every day in schools throughout the UK. Many claims for school yard injury happen in nursery or primary schools, but plenty of common claims come out of secondary schools too. 

Some of the common claims for school yard injury:

  • Injury from faulty playground equipment
  • Fall on untreated decking
  • Cuts from broken fencing
  • Trips on broken or loose paving slabs
  • Fingers caught in a closing gate or door
  • Injury from poorly maintained seating
common claims for school yard injury are seen every day in schools

Injury from faulty playground equipment

Injury from faulty playground equipment, like a broken finger, concussion, or a deep cut to the leg, may happen when the equipment is poorly maintained. Your child could crush a finger on a roundabout or cut their leg on a rusty, loose screw. 

Playground equipment should be properly maintained and be fit for use by children in the school yard.

Fall on untreated decking

A fall on untreated decking can happen in wet weather when children go out to play. The untreated wood is slippery, and your child could fall and break a wrist or sprain an ankle. 

All outdoor areas in a playground should be treated for all-weather use, and you may have a compensation claim if your child is injured in an accident that was not their fault.

Cuts from broken fencing

Cuts from broken fencing happen when old wooden or steel fences around the playground are not maintained properly. Injury may occur if your child slips and falls against a broken fence post and cuts their hand or leg or a piece of metal or wooden splinter gets under the skin, causing pain and infection that may need treatment with antibiotics. 

Fencing should be maintained around the school yard. You may have a claim for compensation if your child is injured in an accident that was not their fault involving a broken fence.

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Trips on broken or loose paving slabs

Trips on broken or loose paving slabs can leave your child with fractures, bruising and, in some cases, scarring. Little feet will find the cracked paving stone, and the unsuspecting child falls, doing themselves a lot of injury. 

Paving and footpaths should be properly maintained around the school area. You may have a claim for school yard injury if your child trips on broken paving and injures themselves.

Fingers caught in a closing gate or door

A child’s fingers caught in a closing gate or door can be quickly crushed or broken. Children should be supervised when playing to avoid injury from accidents such as from slamming doors. 

Inadequate supervision in the school yard can lead to injury, and you may have a claim for compensation if it happens to your child.

Injury from poorly maintained seating

Injury from poorly maintained seating, such as a deep cut requiring stitches, can happen from a loose nail or if a bench collapses. Serious injury occurs quickly to little hands and fingers, and they could suffer long-term pain and scarring. 

If your child has an injury from a school yard accident that was not their fault or only partially their fault, you may have a school yard injury claim for compensation. 

Your No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor may take your claim to seek compensation for a school yard injury.

Compensation for a school yard injury claim

Compensation for a school yard injury claim ranges from a few thousand pounds to more than £10 million. You might be able to claim damages in No Win No Fee personal injury claims, but how much compensation you can claim depends on the injuries suffered and the financial effect of those injuries on your child’s life.

If someone else is responsible for your child’s personal injury, you might be able to claim compensation from their insurance company.

Sample compensation amounts in personal injury claims are as follows. Please note these are figures for the injuries only. Financial losses would apply in addition:

  • Facial scarring from £9,110 to £30,090
  • Moderate hip and pelvis injury from £12,590 to £39,170
  • Severe shoulder injury from £19,200 to £48,030
  • Moderate neck injury from £7,890 to £38,490
  • Severe back injury from £38,780 to £160,980
  • Traumatic chest injury from £65,740 to £100,670
  • Moderate brain injury from £43,060 to £219,070
  • Paraplegia from £219,070 to £284,260

(The figures given here are for General Damages amounts only. You might also receive compensation for any financial losses you suffer due to the personal injury. Figures are taken from Judicial College Guidelines 16th Edition and are accurate as of April 2023.)

There is not one fixed amount in personal injury claims. The circumstances differ from person to person and claim to claim, and the amount of compensation awarded is tailored to the circumstances of your claim. 

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can give you an idea of what to expect from their experience in compensation claims.

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Once we are satisfied we have all the information we require and have a full understanding of your circumstances. We send a letter of claim to the negligent party outlining your claim and compensation requirements.

What can you claim for compensation in a personal injury claim?

In personal injury claims, you may claim compensation for yourself or on behalf of your child if under 18, for two types of damages: General Damages and Special Damages.

The amount of compensation awarded is the total of these two types of damages.

General Damages

General damages is the claim you make for what is known as PSLA, or the Pain, Suffering and Loss of Amenity you experience directly from the personal injury.

Pain is that suffered as a direct result of the injury or any treatment for it.

Suffering is the discomfort in your life as a result of the injury

Loss of Amenity is the disruption to your daily life, such as difficulty or restriction in walking, sitting, playing sports, and sleeping.

Special Damages

Special damages cover past and future financial losses. These could include loss of earnings, care costs, medical treatment or specialist rehabilitation, aids, adaptations, and any other out-of-pocket expenses you have or might suffer due to the personal injury.

Loss of earnings is for income lost directly from being off work and any reduction in income expected from being unable to return to the current type of employment. The loss of earnings may be important for teenagers saving for college or other expenses.

Care costs include the care needed to recover from the personal injury and any long-term care and treatment costs, whether provided by friends and family or professionally.

Out-of-pocket expenses are for your medical appointments, travel and accommodation and any other costs incurred after the injury.

Compensation is awarded to cover all losses, including loss of life, medical expenses and long-term care needs arising from the injury in a personal injury accident.

You need records such as payslips, all day-to-day receipts, and any other paperwork showing your losses from the personal injury.

A No Win No Fee solicitor handles your personal injury claim and seeks the compensation you deserve.

Who is responsible for a school yard injury claim?

The local authority or private school is responsible for a school yard injury claim. They are the ones who should ensure the school yard is properly maintained and safe for children of all ages attending the school. 

You can only make a claim for school yard injury compensation if the local authority or private school is liable for the accident. Children fall when playing every day, and many accidents in the school yard are not the authorities’ fault.

The school authority may be responsible for a school yard injury claim if:

  • The school failed in its duty of care to your child
  • The failure of the duty of care led to an accident
  • Your child was injured as a direct result of the accident

Your No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can assess the events surrounding your child’s school yard injury to see if you have a valid school yard injury claim.

Are you eligible for compensation?

If you want to pursue damages for the accident you have suffered, we have a simple 3 step process to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

  • Take our online assessment & speak with our team
  • Our team of claim specialists will undertake a full case review
  • We will send a legal letter and our solicitors will pursue your compensation on your behalf

All case reviews are 100% cost and commitment free.

Can you claim on behalf of a child?

Yes, you can claim on behalf of a child in a personal injury case if your child has a valid injury claim. A child, someone under 18, cannot represent themselves in a legal process, and so will need someone to act on their behalf. 

A parent, guardian or trusted loved one, usually a close relative, can become a litigation friend who represents the child in discussions with a solicitor. The litigation friend can make decisions on the child’s behalf and be involved in every step of the process. 

A child has until they turn 18 to make a personal injury claim for a school yard accident. Once your child turns 18, they have another three years, until they turn 21, to make their own claim for personal injury, providing one has not already been made. 

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can advise you on all steps of the claims process and handle your possible school yard injury case for compensation.

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Evidence to support a school yard injury claim

Evidence to support a school yard or playground accident claims may help the case. Your No Win No Fee solicitor will need all the evidence to try to determine who is responsible for the accident, what the injuries are and why the accident happened.

Evidence to support a school yard injury claim:

  • School injury report files
  • Take note of where, when and who is involved
  • Take photographs of the scene
  • Get the details of everyone involved in the accident
  • Get the details of any witnesses
  • Find CCTV evidence if possible
  • Get medical reports to help assess the injuries
  • Take photographs of the school yard
  • Take photos of the injuries at the scene, if possible
  • Photograph any equipment in use at the scene

Evidence such as a school injury report file should document what happened and who was injured on school property and may help establish the facts for your solicitor. 

Every piece of evidence may be crucial in a school yard injury claim. You do not know what the school board or local authority will dispute or claim when the case begins. 

Your No Win No Fee solicitor will review all the evidence to see if you might be able to use it in any school yard injury claim.

How to prove your claim for personal injury compensation

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Common school yard injuries

Common injuries from school yard accidents range from minor cuts and bruises to concussions and lifelong injuries. If your child suffers a schoolyard injury, you might be able to claim compensation on their behalf. 

Some of the common school yard injuries:

  • Cuts and bruises to the face and neck area
  • Deep cuts and bruises to the limbs
  • Concussion after a fall from a swing or climbing equipment
  • Broken wrist in a trip in the playground
  • Crush injuries from a slamming door or gate
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones in a fall
  • Losing adult teeth in a trip on a paving slab
  • Eye damage

School yard injuries can cause pain and severe damage and have a lasting effect on your child. Eyesight injury or facial scarring can be with the child for life and cause emotional upset.

How to make a schoolyard injury claim for compensation?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a playground accident and it was not their fault, you may be entitle to make a compensation claim. Speak with a member of the Personal Injury Team today to make a no win no fee personal injury compensation claim today.

Our team of solicitors will guide you every step of the way minimise any stress for the injured party.

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Find out how much you can claim for today by using our online assessment tool. It will give you an idea of what you might be able to claim for and what compensation you might be able to expect in a personal injury claim.

Personal injury claim compensation amounts are guidelines only on what to expect from your personal injury claim. Our personal injury solicitors can advise you using their expertise and experience and can quickly tell you if you have a valid claim and what to do next.

Our team of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors can take your case to seek the compensation you deserve. We have the experience to handle your claim for personal injury compensation and see it through to a successful conclusion, whether the claim is worth £1,500 or more than £10,000,000.

Take our online assessment today to get an idea of claim amounts and what you could be due for the pain, suffering and impact on your life.

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