Councils face £1.5m school claims

Accidents in schools in one area of the UK have resulted in more than £1.5 million in damages being granted by its local authorities over the last four years, it has emerged.

According to the Staffordshire Sentinel, Stoke-on-Trent City Council has awarded in excess of £744,000 in compensation since 2008 in 34 separate claims from pupils injured during incidents such as slipping and tripping.

For instance, in excess of £260,000 was granted to a woman who sustained a broken ankle after she fell over a new carpet tile at a school in the area, while another two settlements of more than £100,000 were awarded for injuries caused by people slipping on ice.

In addition, Staffordshire County Council agreed to sums totalling £890,880 over the same timeframe after facing 88 claims - 52 of which were from pupils and 36 from members of staff.

This comes after Haverhill Weekly News reported that a ten-year-old boy had received £7,500 for a head injury he suffered in an accident at school.

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30/01/2012 16:31