Accidents At School

School Accident Claims

Unfortunately, accidents at school are a common occurrence. Sometimes though, these accidents go beyond a minor bump and tumble and are much more serious. If this is the case, then such accidents at school cannot be written off as ‘children being children’. Instead, the accident will have been caused by the negligence of others and may well have been avoidable. In such cases, it is likely that you’ll be able to make an ‘accident at school claim’.


At Smith Jones, we have been acting on behalf of clients whose children have been involved in accidents at school since 1988. We are accredited personal injury solicitors by The Law Society and have successfully represented thousands of people who made a claim for injury at school compensation. If you or your child has been injured in an accident in school, call us today on 0800 195 95 90 to discuss your accident claim with a member of our expert team.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Claiming Against A School

    Taking Legal Action Against A School

    In the UK, a school has a duty of care to ensure that everyone, including children, staff and visitors are kept safe – and that precautions are taken to stop school accidents from taking place. If you or your child have been injured in an accident in school that has been caused by a school’s failure, you could have an injury at school claim for compensation.


    Additionally, if your child has been injured by another child at school you may also be able to start a ‘school accident claim’. For more information on how to sue a school for negligence, please fill out the contact form or call us now on 0800 195 95 90 to speak to one of our advisers.


    Common Types of School Accident

    Unfortunately, we very often find ourselves coming across school accidents that are similar in nature. The most common types of school accident claims that we deal with include:


    Slips and trips – slips and trips on school property often occur due to the improper cleaning or inadequate maintenance of the playground, corridors and walkways. Accidents of this type are often caused by loose and uneven paving slabs, holes in the ground, loose carpets and wet or slippery surfaces


    Injuries caused by defective equipment – all kinds of equipment can be defective and cause injury. However, it is the school’s responsibility to ensure that this is not the case and that equipment is regularly maintained or replaced if faulty. Defective equipment could include desks, chairs and play equipment


    Accidents in school playground & on playing fields – the school playing field is a common place for accidents, however, the school should always ensure that these areas are safe and free from danger. Common accidents on school playing fields & playgrounds can be a result of discarded litter including glass, poorly maintained surfaces & equipment, lack of supervision and incorrect footwear or kit being used.


    Assisting You With Your Case

    To ensure that you are properly compensated for a slip, trip or fall, there are a number of ways in which you can assist us. It is important to take down as much information about the accident as you can. We understand this may be difficult if the accident involved a child, but this should contain as much detail as possible, even things that you may initially think are insignificant.


    To assist your case, you should also ensure that the accident at school was reported to someone of authority and was noted in the school’s accident book. If you have eyewitnesses, be sure to include their contact details and their account of what happened.


    The Process

    The majority of our cases are funded on a ‘No Win No Fee*’ basis. This agreement is also known as a conditional fee agreement, which is often abbreviated to CFA. This means there is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim and you will only be liable for our legal costs should you be successful in your claim.¹³


    If we think your case may not be successful, then we will do our best to inform you of this during your initial consultation or as soon as this is determined. A No Win No Fee* case arrangement does not suit everyone, and we are happy to discuss the various options of how you choose to fund your school accident claim. We will help you decide what best fits you and your claim.


    Our experts are ready to assist you. We handle thousands of personal injury claims every year. In our experience, very few cases are the same, even despite some similarities between them. For more detailed information regarding funding and legal fees, you can speak to a member of our school accidents team on 0800 195 9590.